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Halloween Streamin’ Day 4! Grotesque (2009)

Infamously banned by the BBFC, Koji Shiraishi’s Grotesque is so shallow in ambition you’ll be left wondering what the point is.

Halloween Streamin’ Day 3! Idol is Dead (2012)

As a freebie j pop album tie in, Idol is Dead isn’t the likeliest of movies to appear on a site dedicated to horror films, but thanks to its awkward mix of Princess Jellyfish and the light splattering of Machine Girl, BiS’s Idol is Dead is more fun than any promo video has any right being.

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Halloween Streamin’ Day Two! God’s Left Hand, Devil’s Right Hand (2006)

Without a sense of surrealism or budget, Shusuke Kaneko’s God’s Left Hand, Devil’s Right Hand is a poor take on the Kazuo Umezu manga.

Halloween Streamin’ Day One! Yellow Fangs (1990)

Sonny Chiba, star of The Street Fighter, Golgo 13, Wolf Guy, Kill Bill, etc, etc makes his directorial debut with none other than a film about a rampaging bear!

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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?

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.

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