Japanese horror movies

List of the best Japanese horror movies selected by visitors to our site: Audition, As the Gods Will, Sadako vs. Kayako, Dark Water, Tag, Tokyo Ghoul, Paranormal Activity: Tokyo Night, Suicide Forest Village, Spiral, One Missed Call.

In the top there are new films of 2021, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genrehorror, drama, detective
CountryJapan
Duration01:53
PlaceJapan
StyleAction

Seven years after the death of his wife, company executive Aoyama is invited to sit in on auditions for an actress. Leafing through the resumés in advance, his eye is caught by Yamazaki Asami, a striking young woman with ballet training.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genrehorror, fantastic
CountryJapan
Duration01:57
CharactersGods, Heroes, Friends
PlotSurvival, Fight, Survival, Friendship, Death
PlaceSchool
StyleTense, Touching, Depressive, For men, Disturbing

Takahata Shun's day at high school begins just as boring as ever, but it doesn't end that way. He and his classmates find themselves forced to play children's games with deadly stakes. With no idea who is behind, the only thing Shun and other students can do is keep trying to win.

Markimdb: 5.1
Genrehorror, thriller, detective
CountryJapan
Duration00:42
CharactersDemons
PlotFight, Supernatural, Pursuit, Curses, Ghosts
PlaceCollege
TimeDark ones
StyleTense, Creepy, Serious

A girl, Yūri Kurahashi, after watching a cursed videotape together with her friend in a haunted house, becomes trapped in a conflict between the two murderous ghosts: Sadako Yamamura and Kayako Saeki

Markimdb: 6.7
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, detective
CountryJapan
Duration01:41
PlotSupernatural, Mystery, Ghosts
StyleAtmospheric

A woman in the midst of an unpleasant divorce moves to an eerie apartment building with her young daughter. The ceiling of their apartment has a dark and active leak.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genrehorror, fantastic, action
CountryJapan
Duration01:07

Female highs school students, including Mitsuko, Keiko and Izumi, become the targets of ghosts with various appearances including a groom with a pig's face and female teacher with a machine gun.

Markimdb: 5.7
Genrehorror, fantastic, action, thriller, fantasy, drama
CountryJapan
Duration03:00
CharactersMonsters, Special Forces, Students
PlotLove, Survival, Skirmishes, Revenge, Superpowers
PlaceSchool, College, Japan, Kitchen
StyleExciting, Serious, By manga, 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.

Markimdb: 5.1
Genrehorror, thriller, detective
CountryJapan
Duration01:30
PlotTravel, Supernatural, Ghosts
PlaceJapan
StyleAction, Depressive

This Japan production spins-off the story of the first Paranormal Activity film by having the ghost from the first film follow a student back to her homeland after a visit to San Diego where she is tragically injured during a car accident. Back home in Japan, she is cared for by her brother, Koichi, who begins to suspect that something is amiss when his sister's wheelchair begins to move on its own. From there, the picture takes on the usual candid cam shocks of the series. Tokyo Night is notable for being an official part of the franchise (it was released in Japan two days before Paranormal Activity 2's release in the States), even though the U.S. has yet to see an official release.

Markimdb: 5.2
Genrehorror, detective
CountryJapan
PlotDeath, Supernatural, Curses
PlaceForest, Japan
StyleAction, Tense, Depressive, Disturbing

One day a mysterious box arrived and a curse began to spread all over. The source of the box is 'Jukai Village'. The village is hidden in Jukai Forest, a suicide spot that once you enter it, you can never come out.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genrehorror, fantasy, drama
CountryJapan
PlotObsession, Supernatural, Curses
PlaceSmall cities
StylePsychological problems, Atmospheric, Disturbing

Inhabitants of a small Japanese town become possessed by spirals, called uzumaki.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genrehorror, detective
CountryJapan
Duration01:52
CharactersZombie, Teens
PlotRevenge, Investigation, Death, Supernatural, Fate
PlaceJapan, Hospitals
StyleAction, Atmospheric, Creepy, Disturbing

People mysteriously start receiving voicemail messages from their future selves, in the form of the sound of them reacting to their own violent deaths, along with the exact date and time of their future death, listed on the message log. The plot thickens as the surviving characters pursue the answers to this mystery which could save their lives.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genrehorror, detective
CountryJapan
Duration01:32

A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller, detective
CountryJapan
Duration01:58
PlotApocalypse, Death, Supernatural, Life after death, Internet
PlaceShips, Asia
StylePsychological problems, Atmospheric, Serious, For men, Disturbing

After one of their friends commits suicide, strange things begin happening to a group of young Tokyo residents. One of them sees visions of his dead friend in the shadows on the wall, while another's computer keeps showing strange, ghostly images. Is their friend trying to contact them from beyond the grave, or is there something much more sinister going on?

Markimdb: 4.7
Genrehorror
CountryJapan
CharactersLesbians
PlotAdventure, Friendship, Death, Supernatural, Pursuit
PlaceJapan
StyleUnexpected ending, Psychological problems, Heavy, Tense, Serious

Facing goodbyes and graduation, Naomi Nakashima, her childhood friend Satoshi Mochida, and their classmates, are clearing up after their last ever cultural festival, when horror buff class representative Ayumi Shinozaki decides to perform Sachiko Ever After so they will stay friends forever. Instead, they were whisked away to a haunted graduation ceremony for Heavenly Host Elementary School, forced to close after a series of gruesome murders. What fate awaits Naomi and her friends at the cursed school...?

Markimdb: 7
Genrehorror, thriller, detective
CountryJapan
Duration01:55
CharactersDemons, Journalists
PlotInvestigation, Supernatural, Curses, Mystery, Ghosts
PlacePsychiatric hospitals, Japan, Asia
StyleAction, Serious

A documentary filmmaker explores seemingly unrelated paranormal incidents connected by the legend of an ancient demon called the "kagutaba."

Markimdb: 5.5
Genrehorror, thriller, drama
CountryJapan
PlotSupernatural, Ghosts
PlaceJapan
StyleAtmospheric

A horror variety that looks back on the mouth split woman who pioneered the urban legendary boom. At the end of the 1970s, a tearing mouth woman suddenly fears people. Tell the truth of the rumor by giving specific examples such as who she is, its identity and appearance, how to repel.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genrehorror, fantastic, action
CountryJapan
Duration01:36
CharactersDinosaurs, Monsters, Mutant, Heroes, Losers
PlotSurvival, Saving the World
PlaceIslands, Ships, Japan, Asia
StyleExciting, Serious

Japan is thrown into a panic after several ships explode and are sunk near Odo Island. An expedition to the island led by paleontologist Professor Kyohei Yemani soon discover something more devastating than imagined in the form of a 164 foot tall monster whom the natives call Gojira. Now the monster begins a rampage that threatens to destroy not only Japan, but the rest of the world as well.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genrehorror, drama, detective
CountryJapan
PlotGhosts
StyleBy books

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.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genrehorror, fantastic, action
CountryJapan
CharactersZombie, Samurai, Gangsters, Yakuza
PlotSupernatural, Hostage, Chase, Insomnia

Set in the present where a group of ruthless gangsters, an unknown woman and an escaped convict have met, unwittingly, in The Forest of Resurrection, the 444th portal to the other side. Their troubles start when those once killed and buried in the forest come back from the dead, with the assistance of the evil Sprit that has also come back, come back from ages past, to claim his prize. The final standoff between Light and Dark has never been so cunning, so brutal and so deadly. This is where old Japanese Samurai mysticism meets the new world of the gangster and the gun. Gruesome, bloody and positively bold.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genrehorror, comedy, short
CountryJapan
Duration01:11
CharactersZombie, Actors
PlotDeath
PlaceJapan, USA, Abandoned houses
StyleAction, Fascinating, Black humor

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.

Markimdb: 6
Genrehorror, thriller, crime
CountryJapan
Duration00:40
CharactersMonsters, Serial killers
PlotInvestigation, Obsession, Mystery, Fog
PlaceJapan
StyleAction, Tense, Serious, By manga, Disturbing

A series of grotesque murder cases takes place on rainy days. Detective Hisashi Sawamura (Shun Oguri) works to catch the murderer like he has done with past cases, but he soon realizes the murderer's next target is his wife and son. A man in a frog mask is a suspect.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genrehorror, comedy
CountryJapan
CharactersMutant, Cannibals, Marines
PlotMartial Arts, Revenge, Obsession, Supernatural, Curses
PlaceForest, Japan
StyleAction, Tense

An aspiring hair dresser (Kuriyama) becomes the infatuation of a tricophilic man who sells hair extensions to nearby hair salons. The source of the hair is the corpse of a girl whose dead body continues to grow beautiful, voluminous, black hair that comes alive, driving those who use the extensions insane or killing them.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genrehorror, comedy
CountryJapan
CharactersTeens, Friends, Cats
PlotDeath, Supernatural, Ghosts
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleFancy

Hoping to find a sense of connection to her late mother, Gorgeous takes a trip to the country to visit her aunt at their ancestral house. She invites her six friends, Prof, Melody, Mac, Fantasy, Kung Fu, and Sweet, to join her. The girls soon discover that there is more to the old house than meets the eye.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrehorror, fantastic, drama
CountryJapan
CharactersAliens, Werewolf
PlotAlien invasion
StyleFascinating, Tense, By manga, Disturbing

Alien pods come to Earth and, naturally, start taking over Human Hosts. One such pod only manages to take over one human's, Shin Izumi, right arm. Together they grow and co-exist, all the while the other aliens are making meals of other humans; Shin feels he must put a stop to it all, but his alien, Migi, doesn't see why.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrehorror, action
CountryJapan
CharactersZombie, Artists
PlotSurvival
PlaceJapan
StyleBy manga

Hideo Suzuki is a 35-year-old mangaka assistant, whose life seem to be stuck around his exhausting but low-paying job, unfulfilled dreams, strange hallucinations and unsatisfying relationships. He sees himself as a supporting character in his own life, has low self-esteem, resulting in frustration. One day, the world as Hideo knows it is shattered by the presence of a disease that turns people into homicidal maniacs, whose first instinct is to attack and devour the nearest human.

Markimdb: 5.5
Genrehorror, action, comedy, crime
CountryJapan
Duration01:30
CharactersZombie, Yakuza
PlotChase
PlaceIslands

Hiroya Munakata (Sho Aikawa) is the leader of the yakuza group Munakata-gumi. After 10 years since the big fight, Hiroya Munakata's non blood-related younger brother Takashi (Shingo Tsurumi) is released from prison, but Takashi’s daughter, Hyuga (Maika Yamamoto) says she does not want to meet her father and runs away from home. Hiroya, Takashi and Hiroya’s subordinate Shinya (Red Rice) go to Zeni Island where Hyuga is headed to. Something they never expected is waiting for them.

Markimdb: 5.3
Genrehorror
CountryJapan
PlaceJapan

The upper torso of a female, claws her way around Japan searching for her lower half. The person's lower half was severed in a train accident in Hokkaido. Anyone that hears of this story will see Teke-Teke's lower half walking aimlessly around the countryside within three days.

Markimdb: 8
Genrehorror, thriller, drama
CountryJapan
CharactersDogs
PlotSurvival, Martial Arts, Revenge, Death, Cheating

While her son, Kichi, is away at war, a woman and her daughter-in-law survive by killing samurai who stray into their swamp, then selling whatever valuables they find. Both are devastated when they learn that Kichi has died, but his wife soon begins an affair with a neighbor who survived the war, Hachi. The mother disapproves and, when she can't steal Hachi for herself, tries to scare her daughter-in-law with a mysterious mask from a dead samurai.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genrehorror
CountryJapan, France, China
Duration01:33
CharactersSamurai, Scammers
PlotDeath

An actor named Kosuke plays the role of Iemon in a stage version of Yotsuya Kaiden and his new lover Miyuki plays Oiwa. However, as they delve deeper into their respective performances, the line between fantasy and reality becomes obscured until the murderous, vengeful themes of the play bleed into their own relationship.

Markimdb: 5.4
Genrehorror, action, thriller, fantasy, adventure
CountryUSA, China, Japan, United Kingdom
Duration02:28
CharactersZombie, Dogs, Kings, Horses, Gods
PlotDisasters, Adventure, Martial Arts, Revenge, Mummies
PlaceAircraft, Egypt, Pyramid, London, Tomb
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.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genrehorror, thriller, detective
CountryUSA, Japan
Duration02:43
CharactersDogs, Family, Photographers, Detectives
PlotSurvival, Abduction, Slavery, Friendship, Mystery
PlaceParty, Estate, New York
StyleInteresting, Unexpected ending, Psychological problems, Action, Atmospheric

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.





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