Kuroneko (1968) – Kaneto Shindo

While not necessarily a vampire movie, although there is a lot of neck-biting and blood, the Japanese horror film Kuroneko is a fantastic entry in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book. The story follows the fate of two women, Yone (Nobuko Otowa) and Shige (Kiwoko Taichi), who are set upon in their own home…

Ringu (1998) – Hideo Nakata

The late 90s saw a huge inflow of Japanese horror into the North American market, spreading and replicating itself, much like the curse in this wicked and delightful ghost story. Remade, successfully, three years later as The Ring with Naomi Watts and directed by Gore Verbinski, the original film was one of the first Japanese…

Onibaba (1964)

Tall, head-high stalks of grass waving in the wind, slowly, almost menacingly. There’s a sense of danger here. That’s because it’s lurking in the tall grasses, waiting for you. Onibaba, translated as Demon Woman, is the first Japanese horror film to make the list of 101 Horror Movies. Based on a Buddhist parable, the story…