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26 Japanese Horror Movies That Won't Let You Sleep At Night

There is nothing scarier than a ghost girl with long, black hair waiting to kill you. Or is there?

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Warning: Some content in this post may be potentially disturbing.

Japanese horror influences horror cinema around the world — just look at all the (not always great) American remakes! Everyone knows Ringu (Ring, 1998) and Ju-On: The Grudge (2002) as the pillars of Japanese horror. For that reason (and because they are on every horror recommendation list), they will not be included on this one, though they are still iconic and must-watch classics!

Ring and The Grudge's iconic status should clue you in that there is so much more to Japan's horror cinema that you're missing out on! So grab your favorite blankie and settle in for your official starter pack to Japanese horror. Beware — it gets pretty dark.

1. Sadako vs. Kayako (2016)

2. Dark Water (2002)

3. Tag (2015)

4. Uzumaki (2000)

5. Suicide Club (2001)

6. Corpse Party (2015)

7. Carved: The Slit-Mouthed Woman (also known as Kuchisake-onna, 2007)

8. Hell Girl (2019)

9. As The Gods Will (2014)

10. Audition (1999)

11. Howling Village (2020)

12. Versus (2000)

13. Pulse (also known as Kairo, 2001)

14. Battle Royale (2000)

15. Another (2012)

16. Noroi: The Curse (2005)

17. Exte (2007)

18. Teketeke (2009)

19. House (1977)

20. Tokyo Ghoul (2017)

21. Parasyte: Part 1 (2014) and Parasyte Part 2 (2015)

22. Onibaba (1964)

23. Over Your Dead Body (also known as Kuime, 2014)

24. Jigoku (also known as The Sinners of Hell, 1960)

25. One Missed Call (2003)

26. Kwaidan (1965)

Enjoy scaring the wits out of yourself! I've included many of my own faves here, and if you think there's anything I missed, let me know below and I shall add them to my watch list right away! Now, excuse me while I go curl up in my blankets and start this Japanese horror marathon.

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