All TopicsNewsCultureJapanese Snacks & CandyFood & DrinkTravelEntertainmentMember Spotlight
TokyoTreat Japanese Snacks Blog5 Japanese Horror Movies You NEED To Watch This Halloween

5 Japanese Horror Movies You NEED To Watch This Halloween

Marie MooreMarie Moore
Published Time
Posted on 
October 13, 2018
Modified Time
Updated last 
June 21, 2022

Japan is known for many things, such as weird but delicious ramen and even some crazy expensive Japanese food. But what you may not already know is that Japan is also critically renown for its horror films! With it being the festive season of spook AKA; Halloween, we've compiled a list of Japanese horror movies we think you MUST watch this Halloween. So forget about Halloween partying in Tokyo, get your kawaii Halloween costume on and grab a bunch of Japanese snacks from TokyoTreat's Japanese snack crate to munch on whilst watching these terrifyingly great Japanese horror movies!

Ju-on: The Gudge (2002)

Ju-on follows the story of a curse that is born after a jealous husband murders his wife and family in a house in Tokyo. Anyone who enters the house is subsequently cursed with the vengeful spirits of the family following them to mercilessly take their revenge and endless horror ensues. The film follows a non linear narrative so can be hard to follow if you're not paying attention, but stick with it! It's definitely our favourite Japanese horror of all time! Ju-on was also remade in the US (The Grudge, 2004) and despite the bad rep remakes often have it's also pretty good. There's been numerous sequels and the USA ver also stars Buffy The Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar, so it's also one to watch for Buffy fans!

Ringu (1998)

The Ring (2002) is a cult horror classic but did you know it's actually a US remake of the Japanese film Ringu? If you haven't seen the US version and are unfamiliar with the plot, Ringu follows a reporter named Reiko who is investigating rumours of a cursed video tape after her niece was found dead in weird circumstances. It's said anyone who watches the tape will die after 7 days, and Reiko goes on a journey to discover the truth behind the cursed video tape. Both Japanese and US versions are well worth a watch, starting with the Japanese original of course, and much like Ju-on its popularity sparked numerous sequels.

Audition (1999)

Unlike the other 4 films in this list which feature spectral antagonists, Audition's antagonist is very alive. The film follows a middle-aged widower who stages a fake film audition to find a new wife after his son tells him he should re-marry. It is at this audition that he meets Asami, who he views as his new potential wife. Asami's dark past begins to unravel and the horror unfolds. Amazingly the film was shot in only 3 weeks, but don't let that fool you! It's a fantastic piece of cinematography! There has yet to be an American remake but rumours of one being in the works have been floating around since 2014.

Honogurai Mizu no soko kara: Dark Water (2002)

Dark Water is about a mother who is going through a divorce and moves into a rundown apartment with her young daughter. Water begins leaking through the apartment ceiling but the building management refuse to do anything about it. The pair then begin to experience supernatural occurrences with horror and tragedy following. Dark Water does have a US remake made in 2005 and starring Jennifer Connelly but as we haven't seen the remake we can't tell you if it's also worth a watch or not!

Chakushin ari: One Missed Call (2003)

Chakushin ari is about a curse in which victims die after receiving a mysterious voicemail dated two days in the future from themselves which predicts their death. Yumi teams up with a reporter to investigate the truth behind these strange voicemails after those close to them had succumbed to the curse and discover a horrible truth. Like most of the other movies in this list Chakushin ari has a US remake (One Missed Call, 2008) but unlike The Ring or The Grudge, we suggest giving it a miss as the remake is pretty damn… horrific, for lack of a better term.

If you've finished watching all of these films then you can also watch these great Japanese movies for sleepovers!

What did you think of our list? Have you seen any of these movies? Were there any we should've included? Let us know in the comments!

Keep up with all fun foodie news coming out from Japan by following us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!

Want to get a FREE Japanese candy box? Check out how to get one here!

Enjoy Delicious Japanese Candy And Snacks Every Month!

Enjoy Delicious Japanese Candy And Snacks Every Month!

Starting from $32.50 USD

Get TokyoTreat

Author avatar
Marie Moore

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Articles

A person chilling on a beautiful anime beach.

Anime Beach: Five Amazing Episodes to Watch!

Get ready to dive into the deep end of why these episodes hold such an enduring appeal!

June 18, 2024
A lush forest on SHikoku Island.

Shikoku: Five Amazing Places to Explore on the Island!

Shikoku is one of the four main islands in Japan. It presents a captivating blend of natural wonders, rich history, and delightful traditions.

June 11, 2024
A room at the Nakagin Capsule Tower.

Nakagin Capsule Tower: What Happened to It?

In the heart of Tokyo, there once stood a futuristic marvel known as the Nakagin Capsule Tower! This quirky, innovative structure was a beacon of 1970s avant-garde architecture and a symbol of Japan’s rapid post-war modernization. So, what exactly happened to this fascinating building? When was the Nakagin Capsule Tower built? The Nakagin Capsule Tower,...

June 06, 2024
The Awaodori Festival in Kagurazaka, Tokyo.

Kagurazaka and More: Five Best Retro Tokyo Neighborhoods!

Beyond modern Tokyo’s hustling and bustling atmosphere, there are still traces of vintage scenes. Follow us to Kagurazaka and four more fantastic retro neighborhoods in Tokyo!

June 06, 2024
A psychedelic art piece in Shinjuku Station, depicting an eye.

Shinjuku Station: The World’s Busiest Train Station!

Shinjuku Station is recognized as the busiest train station in the world, with around 3.6 million passengers passing through each day. Shinjuku Station is recognized as the busiest train station in the world, with around 3.6 million passengers passing through each day. With its lively vibe and endless attractions, it truly captures the energy and spirit of Tokyo. Let’s explore more fascinating things about it!

June 05, 2024
A statue that features the Godzilla franchise.

Godzilla Franchise: Why Is It Still So Popular?

For 70 years, the Godzilla franchise has stomped and stormed through many aliens and monsters imaginable!

May 31, 2024
PricingBeginner’s Guide to TokyoTreatUpcoming BoxPast boxes
Support & Information
FAQContactHelp CenterBlog

Be a TokyoTreat Insider!

Join our newsletter and receive tasty news and deals!

AnIchigo Logobrand.
Copyright © 2024 TokyoTreat™. All Rights Reserved.
Accepted Payments
Visa payment availableMastercard payment availableAmerican Express payment availableDiscover payment availablePayPal payment available