20 Awesome J-Horror Movies Every Horror Fan Should See

One of the finest horror sub-genres of them all...

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If you are a horror buff, you are really doing yourself a disservice if you don't check out Japanese horror cinema. Aside from America, Japan is pretty much the best country for horror movies and the consistently high quality of J-Horror is extraordinary.

So, why is Japanese Horror so good? There are a number of factors that contribute to this. J-Horror explores many fascinating, specifically Japanese themes such as the clash of traditionalism and modern technology and Japanese folklore, while these films also go to darker and more unique places than many American films since Japanese films aren't subject to as much censorship.

Additionally, Japan has a terrific collection of horror directors who have a great grasp on what makes a horror film scary and emphasise atmosphere and subtext over jump scares.

Granted, there are a fair few terrible J-Horror films out there too - Lesson of the Evil, Sadako 3D, Ju-On: The Beginning of the End, Ichi the Killer and Battle Royale II: Requiem leap immediately to mind - but nevertheless, J-Horror is really, really worth exploring.

If you want to dive into Japan's amazing line-up of horror films, then these following twenty gems are a great place to start...


Film Studies graduate, aspiring screenwriter and all-around nerd who, despite being a pretentious cinephile who loves art-house movies, also loves modern blockbusters and would rather watch superhero movies than classic Hollywood films. Once met Tommy Wiseau.