Audition (1999)
Film / Horror

Audition (1999)

Original title: Ôdishon The insanely prolific Takashi Miike was little known outside his native Japan until this slow-burning psychological horror became a global hit though he’d already been turning out films at an eye-watering rate of knots before most of us in the west got to see him in action (Audition film was film number … Continue reading

Uzumaki (2000)
Film / Horror

Uzumaki (2000)

The surreal comedy of David Lynch collides head on with the Lovecraftian horror of escalating madness in Higuchinsky’s Uzumaki which, for western audiences, served as an early warning of just how odd some parts of the post-Ring (1998) J-horror boom was going to get. Wild and hallucinatory, it isn’t particularly scary (Higuchinsky told author Matthew … Continue reading

Noroi: The Curse (2005)
Film / Horror

Noroi: The Curse (2005)

Original title: Noroi Often described as “found footage”, Kôji Shiraishi’s Noroi is actually a good example of the form’s close relative, the fake documentary. Taking the form of a compilation of video material recorded by a paranormal researcher, it charts the final days and weeks before his mysterious disappearance. Jin Muraki stars as Masafumi Kobayashi, … Continue reading

Tetsuo (1989)
Film / Horror / Science Fiction

Tetsuo (1989)

Shinya Tsukamoto’s insane cyberpunk masterpiece is every bit as strange, hyper kinetic and hypnotic today as it was when it first burst onto an unsuspecting world. No-one, not even Shukamoto himself, has even come close to matching its off the scale oddness. The mutant offspring of the Davids Lynch and Cronenberg, it doesn’t really make … Continue reading