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Sion Sono’s Tokyo Vampire Hotel doesn’t look like your typical J Drama

Looking like a mix of Tokyo Tribe and Tag, Tokyo Vampire Hotel looks to bring Sion Sono’s patented brand of anarchy to Amazon Prime.

Sadako vs Kayako Review (2016) | The Ring vs The Grudge

The grudge match of the century is here as the titans of late 90s j horror collide in Sadako vs. Kayako. Will Sadako run rings around Kayako? And whoever wins, will we lose again?

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Himeanole Review (2016) | Indie rom-com brutality

I Saw the Devil gatecrashes on a cutsie indie romantic comedy, resulting in one of the nastiest serial killer films Japan has to offer.

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Watcher in the Attic Review (1976)

Given its sleazy cast of characters and lucid pace, Watcher in the Attic definitely isn’t for everyone, but fans of the ero guro aesthetic or atmospheric film making are bound to discover a new cult favourite.

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I Am A Hero Review (2016)

Overall, I Am A Hero isn’t just the best zombie movie of the year, but a template for manga adaptations going forward. With fantastic special effects, creative direction and characters you can actually root for Shinsuke Sato delivers more than the expected otaku fare and creates a film that truly stands tall in the genre.

As the Gods Will Review (2014)

As the Gods Will has an incredibly strong start with the daruma and maneki neko games. As violent as they are funny, early scenes work thanks to a strong sense of humour that unfortunately evaporates once the film expects the audience to take its characters and their emotions seriously.

Gurozuka Review (2005)

When you think Japanese horror, it isn’t really slasher films that come to mind. Well, for better or worse, along comes Gurozuka to fill the void. With bad acting, dull direction and one of the worst film scores in recent memory, Gurozuka is a film strictly for Japanese horror and slasher movie completionists.

Battle Heater Kotatsu Review (1989)

Between the heated toilet seat and kotatsu, Japan really is the land of heated wonders. Until of course those objects want to eat you. Because what else is horror for but to turn comforts such as showers, phones and heaters in to nightmares? If you’re looking for another Hausu, this is about as close as you can get.

Curse of the God Dog Review (1977)

Shunya (Female Prisoner Scorpion) Ito’s only stab at the horror genre. Expect murderous dogs, forced suicide, possession, mass hysteria and much confusion! With no adherence to genre tropes, narrative structure, or even traditional editing the film ends up as a nearly 2 hour dose of confusion… but is that confusion actually a good thing?

Killers Review (2014)

Just as the poster screams, Killers comes “From the makers of The Raid and Rumah Dara (Macabre).” As you would expect from a pairing of the Mo Brothers and Gareth Evan’s Merentau films, Killers is a real crowd pleaser for those that know what they’re getting in to.

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