Rev wrote:Outside of Japanese horror films, some other good import horror films from other countries would be the host, the orphanage, Julia's eyes, a girl walks home alone at night. Has anyone seen those?
I might split the thread into different horror genres if people agree with Scotland.
The Host was a great deal of fun. It fell somewhere between a satire on the media and government, a black comedy and a drama about a family pulling together - that just happened to have a huge monster running around.
I've seen a few other Japanese horror movies that have impressed me:
- Audition (1999), directed by professional lunatic Takashi Miike. I'd say more about it, but it's honestly the type of movie that you'll appreciate more the less you know going in.
- Kairo (2001) (aka Pulse), directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. This movie was remade in English back in 2006; I've never seen the remake, but by all accounts it sucks. It's somewhat hard to describe the story - it seems to be an allegory about how obsession with technology in present-day Japan is separating people from each other and slowly causing the decay of society. I guess you could consider it a ghost story, although what is really going on is never quite clear. The story is told using a series of long, slow, creepy takes that rely more on mood and atmosphere than coherence, although there are a few shocking moments spread throughout.
- Tetsuo the Iron Man (1989), directed by Shinya Tsukamoto. One critic called this movie "Eraserhead meets The Terminator", and that's not a bad description. The setup is simple - one day a man wakes up to find that his body is slowly turning into a machine - but that does nothing to prepare you for what happens next. Extremely low-budget movie with tons of bizarre stop-motion and homemade special effects, along with an awesome old-school industrial soundtrack. It starts off a little slow, but the second half is almost one visual explosion after another. It's strangely hilarious, too.
- Hausu (aka House) (1977), directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi. Do you like Evil Dead II? Would you like it even more if it started a bunch of Japanese schoolgirls starring in a live-action Scooby Doo cartoon? Incredibly imaginative, colorful, crazy movie with outlandish special effects that don't even attempt realism.
- Jigoku (1960), directed by Nobuo Nakagawa. A little bit on the hokey and melodramatic side, but a pretty great early Japanese horror movie that follows a series of wayward souls as they exit this world and enter the next one. The Hell sequences feature some primitive, HG Lewis-style gore, but a majority of the movie is more concerned with projecting an atmosphere of upcoming doom than anything else.