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Rounding Out “Exploitation Month” on SHOCK WAVES Episode 62!

Episode 62 now available! The whole gang, Ryan Turek, Rob Galluzzo, Rebekah McKendry and Elric Kane, are back to close out “Exploitation Month” on SHOCK WAVES! First up, the latest horrors! Rob reports back from the surprise premiere of VICTOR CROWLEY, aka HATCHET 4, as well as RE-ANIMATOR: THE INTEGRAL VERSION, BEYOND THE DARKNESS, BEYOND […]

Films 

Fantasia Film Festival: The Dark, Heartbreaking Comedy LOVE AND OTHER CULTS

This was not the film I expected, and I’m happy about that. LOVE AND OTHER CULTS, from Japanese filmmaker Eiji Uchida, is probably the most unique film to come out of Japan in a long time, and it is quite possibly my favorite film at the Fantasia Film Festival. With themes of discontentment and angst, […]

Films 

The Gory, Perverse Insanity of Yoshihiro Nishimura: 5 Must-See Films

This past weekend at Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, we had the honor of seeing Yoshihiro Nishimura’s newest film and the latest inclusion in the MEATBALL MACHINE series, MEATBALL MACHINE KODUKA. Nishimura has become famous worldwide not only for his amazing special effect work but also for his self-styled fast-moving gonzo films, all of which […]

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Real Life Scares 

CREEPYPASTA: The Gruesome Unsolved Crimes of “The Chess Killer”

The following case was compiled and uploaded in 2013 by user Rookurou, who cites a series of graphic and disturbing police reports from the city of Chichibu in the Japanese prefecture of Saitama in 1986. Over three decades later, the case remains unsolved, and the once-classified files were recently leaked online by an unnamed source. […]

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5 Japanese Urban Legends that Should Be Made Into Horror Films

Japanese horror films are some of the scariest films ever made. Mostly rooted in legends and ancient tales, they present centuries old tested stories that have scared for generations. Still there are few stories from Japan that could be easily made into some very frightening films. Here are just five Japanese urban legends, both old and […]

Comic Books Films 

The 10 Most Cringe-Worthy Moments In the UZUMAKI Comic

In a horror film, the director can use a variety of methods to play with the viewer’s mental state. Underlying music can create the feel of a scene as much as the dialog spoken by the characters or the way they move between beats. Then of course you’ve got editing, more general sound design and […]

Comic Books Films 

Exploring The Grotesque Insanity of DISSOLVING CLASSROOM

I first stumbled on author Junji Ito a few years back while I was working at Fangoria. The post- RINGU and JU-ON J-horror craze was in full swing, and I was deeply enjoying all the Asian cinema that was making its way overseas. That’s when I first saw SPIRAL (aka UZUMAKI), a strange and surreal […]

Real Life Scares 

Towns Near Fukushima Nuclear Plant Invaded by Armies of Wild Boars

It’s been almost six years to the day since a horrific and devastating earthquake and tsunami ravaged a large swath of Japan — a major disaster which caused critical damage to the nuclear plant in Fukushima. Threat of a meltdown held the entire nation (and many of their close neighbors) in a state of constant wariness until safety […]

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5 Terrifying Japanese Legends that will Give You Nightmares!

I find Japanese folklore and legends to be some of the most fascinating…and frightening. Here are five of the most terrifying Japanese legends. Teke Teke (pictured above) A young school girl on her way home fell on a railroad track. She was cut in half by a train and died. Returning later as a vengeful spirit, […]

Films TV 

Five Classic Horror-Edged Episodes of the Anime Series CASE CLOSED

Playing out like some kind of odd fusion of Scooby-Doo, Agatha Christie, and Sherlock Holmes (with the occasional detour into slasher and giallo territory), the Japanese anime CASE CLOSED is an incredibly addictive show that more US-based horror fans should take the time to dig into. With 25 seasons under its belt, the continuing series […]

Films Scary Fun 

5 Ridiculously Gory Japanese Horror Films [Video]

Looking for some international ooze and splatter? Check out our video below on five incredibly gore-filled Japanese horror flicks.

Films 

When Godzilla ALMOST Fought Frankenstein!

I’m never sure. How seriously am I supposed to take Godzilla? Don’t get me wrong. I love Godzilla movies. In fact, I’ve probably seen more than most people, having – more than once – written holistic retrospectives of the whole series. That means I’ve seen over 30 Godzilla movies. Some are great, some are awful, […]

Films Scary Fun 

THE RING is Based on Two Horrifying (Supposedly Real) Japanese Legends! [VIDEO]

The newest installment in THE RING franchise, RINGS, is releasing to theaters this weekend on February 3rd. But did you know the terrifying ghost from THE RING series, Samara, is based on two Japanese legends? Check out the video below to learn about the frightening ghost stories that influenced this epic film series.