Japanese horror is scarier than American horror

During my daily swing around various news sources I came across this great little article in the New Zealand Herald about the differences between Japanese horror and American horror films.

I’m still stunned by how many people over here don’t realize how many of the big hit horror films in the last couple of years are actually just inferior remakes of Japanese films. Here is a short excerpt from the article:

Takashige Ichise, producer of several of the eerie films that started a horror boom in Japan in the late 1990s and have translated into big bucks at the international box office, is confident of the reason for their appeal. “Japanese horror is scarier than American horror,” he said in an interview. “Japanese films show ghosts coming into people’s everyday lives. When the audience goes home, in the elevator, in the bath, wherever they are, they will still feel afraid,” he added. “That eerie feeling lasts.”

The article is really worth the read.

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