Modern day J-horror traces its origins back to Japanese folklore and Kabuki plays, The Ghost of Yotsuya can be seen as an intermediate stage in the development of the field itself. In the movie, our protagonist is a rather short-tempered and gullible young rōnin named Iemon. It is early 19th century Japan and he is […]

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Nollaig Shona Duit! Sheng Dan Kwaile! Happïkurisumasu! Straight Outta Kanto here reminding you that a fright before Christmas is a tradition dating back to the Victorian era. From Charles Dickens, M.R. James, Wilkie Collins and beyond, sleeping with one eye open – and not just because you’re excited about Sandy Claws – is an immortal […]

“People don’t really connect, you know.” A sentiment that is often shared among film fans about some of the most eminent artists in the industry is that they were and/or are “ahead of their time”. One name that comes to mind for many of us is Kiyoshi Kurosawa, who although has produced works of various […]

Hi, Joseph here, and today I’m going to talk about videogame horror, and why it’s an entirely separate (and arguably superior) medium. If you told a much younger Joseph that, one day, he would be playing a game where a giant hideous extra-terrestrial being would chase him down and impale him through the stomach, he […]

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 is not in effect”. I imagine that any film studio with an ardor for horror […]