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The Showa Art of Gōjin Ishihara

Grimoire of HorrorSeptember 23, 2020
The Showa Art of Gōjin Ishihara

Gōjin Ishihara is a Showa-period Japanese artist who did ghastly illustrations of yokai in Illustrated Book of Japanese Monsters (1972) with a mastery of Indian ink for comic-esque vibrancy in absolutely mesmerizing scenes of chaos. Additionally, the artist offered his…

Howling Village (2020) Movie Review – “You Would Think That Shimizu-san Was The Perfect Man For The Job, Right?”

Oki CovarrubiasSeptember 17, 2020
Howling Village (2020) Movie Review – “You Would Think That Shimizu-san Was The Perfect Man For The Job, Right?”

Most fans of Japanese urban legends will already be familiar with the Inunaki Tunnel. For those who are unfamiliar, this tunnel is said to lead to one of the most haunted places in Japan: a place where “The Japanese constitution…

The Golden Era of Japanese Horror Games

Thomas NormanSeptember 15, 2020
The Golden Era of Japanese Horror Games

Here are four Japanese franchises of survival horror games demonstrating their extraordinary talent at crafting atmosphere, each one establishing a significant legacy for cult followings. Besides mastery in constructing and elaborate lore to push an engaging background, the development teams…

Vargtimmen, AKA The Hour of the Wolf (1968): “A Horror Film Truly Like No Other”

Eden RoquelaireSeptember 13, 2020
Vargtimmen, AKA The Hour of the Wolf (1968): “A Horror Film Truly Like No Other”

I’d like to introduce you to an early example of psychological horror, titled Vargtimmen a.k.a., The Hour of the Wolf.   A paragon of art house cinema from the masterful Ingmar Bergman, the film stars Liv Ullman (known for Persona)…

Urban Legend: The Ghost of Inunaki Village

Thomas NormanSeptember 13, 2020
Urban Legend: The Ghost of Inunaki Village

Here’s a Japanese urban legend that’s the foundation of the upcoming horror film Howling Village from Ju-On’s original creator, the existence of a spirit village that’s displaced in time and traditions. Inunaki Village is a legendary village in the Fukuoka Prefecture,…

Defining Fear: Pursuit Predation

Luke GreensmithSeptember 13, 2020
Defining Fear: Pursuit Predation

What do traditional Romero zombies and VHS era classic mascot slashers have in common? They’re slow, but they’re implacable. They will just keep on coming, and coming, until you make a mistake or just get unlucky, until they inevitably catch…