Japanese horror movies

List of the best Japanese horror movies selected by visitors to our site: The Grudge, Us, Happy Death Day 2U, Tokyo Ghoul 'S', Downrange, It Comes, The Mummy, Get Out, Tokyo Ghoul, Resident Evil: Vendetta.

In the top there are new films of 2020, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

The Grudge (2020)
Markimdb: 4.3
Genrehorror, thriller, detective
CountryUSA, Japan, Canada
PlotSupernatural, Death, Ghosts
StyleAtmospheric, Disturbing

    After a young mother murders her family in her own house, a detective attempts to investigate the mysterious case, only to discover that the house is cursed by a vengeful ghost. Now targeted by the demonic spirits, the detective must do anything to protect herself and her family from harm.

    Us (2019)
    Mark7.2 (imdb: 6.8)
    Genrehorror, thriller, detective
    CountryUSA, Japan, China
    PlotFear, Survival, Chase
    StyleFancy, Disturbing, Unexpected ending, Tense

      Husband and wife Gabe and Adelaide Wilson take their kids to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with friends. But as night descends, their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some shocking visitors arrive uninvited.

      Happy Death Day 2U (2019)
      Mark8 (imdb: 6.2)
      Genrehorror, fantastic, comedy, detective
      CountryUSA, Japan
      CharactersManiacs, Students, Killers, Friends, Serial killers, Nurses
      PlotTime travel, Time machine, Weapon
      PlaceCollege, Parallel worlds
      StyleFascinating, Light, Disturbing

        Collegian Tree Gelbman wakes up in horror to learn that she's stuck in a parallel universe. Her boyfriend Carter is now with someone else, and her friends and fellow students seem to be completely different versions of themselves. When Tree discovers that Carter's roommate has been altering time, she finds herself once again the target of a masked killer. When the psychopath starts to go after her inner circle, Tree soon realizes that she must die over and over again to save everyone.

        Tokyo Ghoul 'S' (2019)
        Markimdb: 5.5
        Genrehorror, fantastic, action, thriller, fantasy, drama
        PlotSupernatural, Superpowers, Survival, Fight
        StyleExciting, Disturbing

          Now a member of Anteiku, Ken Kaneki grows closer to the ghouls around him. Determined to protect his new home against anti-ghoul forces, he trains his powers in secret. But when the infamous gourmet, Shu Tsukiyama, wishes to savour some half-ghoul flavour, Kaneki's training is put to test of a lifetime.

          Downrange (2018)
          Markimdb: 5.4
          Genrehorror, action, thriller
          CountryJapan, USA
          CharactersSnipers, Wolves
          PlotTime travel, Cars, Survival, Travel

            Stranded at the side of the road after a tire blowout, a group of friends become targets for an enigmatic sniper.

            It Comes (2018)
            Markimdb: 6.3
            Genrehorror, drama, detective

              To protect his family from a mysterious being, a man joins forces with a journalist and an exorcist - but they come to learn what they are dealing with is beyond their imagination.

              The Mummy (2017)
              Mark7.8 (imdb: 5.4)
              Genrehorror, action, thriller, fantasy, adventure
              CountryUSA, China, Japan
              CharactersArchaeologists, Gods, Monsters, Kings, Dogs, Zombie, Thieves, Horses
              PlotDisasters, Revenge, Supernatural, Adventure, Death, Martial Arts, Fate, Chase
              PlaceTomb, London, Egypt, Aircraft
              StyleUnexpected ending

                Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

                Get Out (2017)
                Mark9 (imdb: 7.7)
                Genrehorror, thriller, detective
                CountryJapan, USA
                CharactersPhotographers, Detectives, Dogs, Family
                PlotMystery, Survival, Abduction, Slavery
                PlaceParty, New York, Estate
                StyleUnexpected ending, Atmospheric, Action, Tense, Disturbing

                  Chris and his girlfriend Rose go upstate to visit her parents for the weekend. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.

                  Tokyo Ghoul (2017)
                  Mark9.6 (imdb: 5.7)
                  Genrehorror, fantastic, action, thriller
                  CharactersMonsters, Students
                  PlotLove, Revenge, Survival, Fear, Loneliness, Hatred, Rivalry, Investigation, Death, Skirmishes, Superpowers
                  PlaceJapan, School, College
                  StyleExciting, Disturbing

                    Ken Kaneki (Masataka Kubota) is a university student. He becomes injured by Rize, a human eating ghoul. Ken is saved from the ghoul when a steel frame falls on Rize. They are both sent to the hospital. Ken receives an organ transplant from Rize and becomes a half ghoul.

                    Resident Evil: Vendetta (2017)
                    Mark9.4 (imdb: 6.3)
                    Genrehorror, fantastic, action, adventure, cartoon, detective
                    StyleCreepy, Tense, Action, Disturbing

                      BSAA Chris Redfield enlists the help of government agent Leon S. Kennedy and Professor Rebecca Chambers from Alexander Institute of Biotechnology to stop a death merchant with a vengeance from spreading a deadly virus in New York.

                      Temple (2017)
                      Markimdb: 3.7
                      Genrehorror, thriller
                      CountryJapan, USA
                      CharactersFriends, Tourists
                      PlotTime travel, Curses
                      PlaceJapan, Forest

                        Three American tourists follow a mysterious map deep into the jungles of Japan searching for an ancient temple. When spirits entrap them, their adventure quickly becomes a horrific nightmare.

                        One Cut of the Dead (2017)
                        Mark1 (imdb: 7.7)
                        Genrehorror, comedy
                        CharactersZombie, Actors
                        PlaceUSA, Japan

                          Things go badly for a hack director and film crew shooting a low budget zombie movie in an abandoned Second World War Japanese facility, when they are attacked by real zombies.

                          King's Game - The Animation (2017)
                          Markimdb: 4.7
                          Genrehorror, thriller, fantasy, cartoon, detective
                          PlotSupernatural, Rivalry
                          PlaceSchool, Japan

                            Kanazawa Nobuaki has transferred to a high school far from where he used to live. Due to an incident at his old school, Nobuaki is afraid of getting close to his new classmates and keeps himself at a distance, but he starts opening up because of a sports day inter-class relay. Then a single text message from someone calling themselves the "King" is sent to everyone in class. Nobuaki's classmates think it's a simple prank and don't take it seriously - but Nobuaki knows that a death game is about to begin, and struggles to oppose it...

                            Birdboy: The Forgotten Children (2017)
                            Markimdb: 7.3
                            Genrehorror, fantastic, fantasy, drama, adventure, cartoon, short
                            CountrySpain, Japan

                              Birdboy and his animal friends plan their escape from an ecologically devastated island in this surreal, animated fantasy.

                              Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)
                              Mark8.2 (imdb: 6.1)
                              Genrehorror, thriller
                              CountryJapan, USA, China
                              CharactersFamily, Monsters
                              PlotGhosts, Wiji board, Supernatural, Death, Survival, Life after death
                              StyleTense, Atmospheric, Creepy

                                In 1965 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their séance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. When the youngest daughter is overtaken by the merciless spirit, this small family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.

                                Terra Formars (2016)
                                Mark8.2 (imdb: 4.7)
                                Genrehorror, fantastic, action
                                PlotRivalry, Supernatural
                                StyleDisturbing, For men

                                  With the space program attempting to travel to Mars, 21st century scientists were tasked with warming up the planet so that humans could survive on its surface. They came up with an efficient and cost effective plan of sending cockroaches and mold to the surface so that the mold would absorb the sunlight and the insect corpses would serve as a food source for the mold. It is now the year 2577 and the first manned ship to Mars has landed on the planet and the six crew members are ready for their mission. But what they find are giant mutated humanoid cockroaches with incredible physical strength. The crew members are easily wiped out, but not before sending a transmission back to Earth. Now, humanity will send elite warriors to exterminate the mutated bugs and claim back Mars.

                                  Ajin (2016)
                                  Markimdb: 7.6
                                  Genrehorror, fantastic, action, thriller, fantasy, drama, adventure, cartoon, detective
                                  PlotDeath, Revenge, Rivalry, Fate, Skirmishes
                                  StyleExciting, Depressive, Action, Disturbing

                                    17 years ago, immortals first appeared on the battlefields of Africa. Later, rare, unknown new immortal lifeforms began appearing among humans, and they became known as "Ajin" (demi-humans). Just before summer vacation, a Japanese high school student is instantly killed in a traffic accident on his way home from school. However, he is revived, and a price is placed on his head. Thus begins a boy's life on the run from all of humankind.

                                    Ajin (2016)
                                    Markimdb: 7.7
                                    Genrehorror, fantastic, action, cartoon

                                      17 years ago, immortals first appeared on the battlefields of Africa. Later, rare, unknown new immortal lifeforms began appearing among humans, and they became known as "Ajin" (demi-humans). Just before summer vacation, a Japanese high school student is instantly killed in a traffic accident on his way home from school. However, he is revived, and a price is placed on his head. Thus begins a boy's life on the run from all of humankind.

                                      Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)
                                      Mark8.4 (imdb: 5.5)
                                      Genrehorror, fantastic, action, thriller
                                      CountryGermany, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, USA, France, South Africa, Japan

                                        Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity's final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began - The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.

                                        Gantz:O (2016)
                                        Mark10 (imdb: 7.1)
                                        Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller, drama, cartoon
                                        CharactersSoldier, Brothers, Old man, Monsters
                                        PlotSurvival, Survival, Computers, Alien invasion, Teleportation

                                          Somewhere in Tokyo, there is a room. In that room is a black sphere. Periodically, people who should otherwise have died are transferred to the room. There, the sphere gives them special suits and weapons, and sends them out on a mission to kill aliens here on Earth. While these missions take place, the rest of the world is largely oblivious to them. These missions are lethal - few participants survive them. The sphere calls the shots, and it's not the slightest bit nice. Its name... Gantz.