How The West Was Won Over By ‘Vampire Hunter D’ [Horrors Elsewhere]

The ‘80s is considered the “golden age” of anime for good reason. This significant era saw the rise of both theatrical and straight-to-video releases, and bigger budgets not only allowed for higher production values and more elaborate art styles, it gave creators the opportunity to dabble in less prevalent genres. Mecha sagas and space operas […]

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‘The Curse of Kazuo Umezu’ Is a Small Taste of the Manga Author’s Twisted Mind [Horrors Elsewhere]

While Kazuo “Umezz” Umezu is not exactly a household name outside of Japan, his unique style of art is hard to forget. The mangaka started getting published in the 1960s, and several of his works have been turned into films and TV series. The majority of these adaptations have been live-action, but Umezu’s creations are […]

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Sanrio’s 1978 Anime Film ‘Ringing Bell’ Is Nightmare Fuel for All Ages [Horrors Elsewhere]

It might be surprising to learn the company behind Hello Kitty once branched out into dramatic filmmaking. And early into this short-lived venture, Sanrio produced one of its most notable films to date. Masami Hata’s 1978 adaptation of Takashi Yanase’s Ringing Bell (Chirin no suzu) found its way to the U.S. in the early ‘80s […]

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‘Tales from the Crypt’ Movie Remains One of the Best Horror Anthologies [Horrors Elsewhere]

Amicus Productions turned to an unexpected muse for its fourth portmanteau film; the horror output of EC Comics was the inspiration behind 1972’s Tales from the Crypt movie. While Amicus was not far from closing its own doors, films like this one demonstrate the company was still within its creative peak regarding anthologies. Five macabre […]

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Indian Horror Anthology ‘Darna Mana Hai’ Offers Mix of Fun and Eerie Stories [Horrors Elsewhere]

Prawaal Raman received a golden opportunity when he became Ram Gopal Varma’s assistant director. Working under one of India’s most prolific filmmakers had its perks, seeing as Raman was soon put in charge of a unique Varma venture. Darna Mana Hai (Forbidden Fear) was a risky move at the time; anthologies were not a popular […]

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French Anthology ‘Dark Stories’ Is a Gallery of Finely Curated Terror Tales [Horrors Elsewhere]

The bilingual French horror anthology series Dark Stories premiered on Halloween in 2019 before it was eventually reassembled as a full-length feature. Even though it was intended for the small screen, the better-than-average production values make for an easier transition. Also, no individual part of the source material exceeds the 20-minute mark, so the sub-stories […]

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Low-Budget British Anthology ‘Screamtime’ Is Rich in Charm [Horrors Elsewhere]

The anthology is a unique subgenre of horror. In addition to the offbeat structures and a predilection for the strange and unexpected, these films generally do as they please. There are of course specific traditions almost all anthologies adhere to, but there is no set rule for how they come together in the first place. […]

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‘Tales of the Unusual’: Charming Japanese Anthology Offers Multiple Genres [Horrors Elsewhere]

Japan’s love of telling stories can be traced back to a time when people genuinely believed in the supernatural. The Edo period gave rise to a parlor game called Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai, or in English, The Gathering of 100 Supernatural Tales. Participants sat among one-hundred paper lanterns and swapped kaidan (classic ghost stories) until the last […]

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Cold-Hearted Snake: Sinuous South African Thriller ‘Serpent’ Has a Nasty Bite [Horrors Elsewhere]

The black mamba’s venomous bite can be a death sentence. Gwynn and Adam Kealey dwell on this fact as they detect the slithering intruder inside their tent. But as the couple in Serpent becomes trapped with South Africa’s most fearsome snake, they ponder another dire situation at the moment: their marriage. Amanda Evans’ first feature […]

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‘Wilderness’: Overlooked British Slasher from the Angriest Decade of Horror [Horrors Elsewhere]

There was a surge of barbaric violence in horror during the 2000s. Looking back, this cinematic trend was a reflection of the general ethos. And while the United Kingdom’s output might not have matched the peaks of the New French Extremity or the burgeoning brutality of American neo-slashers, there were bursts of comparable cruelty seen […]

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‘Mr. Wrong’: Feminist Ghost Story Challenges Genre Expectations [Horrors Elsewhere]

Spending several years abroad in England forever changed Gaylene Preston. It was there the filmmaker got a firsthand education in second-wave feminism before finally returning to her homeland of New Zealand. Now sporting a different outlook, Preston could not help but feel like an outsider in the then-current macho atmosphere of Kiwi cinema. What she […]

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South Korean Horror ‘Yoga’ Strikes a Deadly Pose [Horrors Elsewhere]

Along with stories of evil inanimate objects and vengeful ghosts, 2000s South Korean horror looked at society through a sinister lens. Popular New Wave franchises like Whispering Corridors and Death Bell criticized the demanding education system while other K-horrors examined less tangible problems. Yun Jae-yeon’s Yoga (Yoga Hakwon) sounds like it would be about killer […]

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‘Anatomy’: German Horror Duology Delivers Unique Health Scares [Horrors Elsewhere]

When director Stefan Ruzowitzky sat in on audience screenings of German horror movie Anatomy, he saw a variety of reactions, but the ones that stood out to him were from medical professionals and scientists. The more experienced doctors found the whole premise silly, whereas scientists were less entertained. Meanwhile, the young and idealistic med students […]

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‘The Locals’: New Zealand Horror Gem Presents a Rural Ghost Story [Horrors Elsewhere]

Anchor Bay was once a major outlet for both cult classics and oddities before streaming and Blu-ray boutiques were in the picture. And hidden among the defunct distributor’s horde of terrors is the New Zealand horror movie The Locals. This Kiwi curio found its way overseas shortly after its theatrical run back home in 2003, […]

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‘Sightseers’ – Sardonic Mumblegore from ‘Kill List’ Director Ben Wheatley [Horrors Elsewhere]

People spend a great deal of time searching for their other half, and once they find that perfect love, they will do everything to keep it. That determination is plain to see in Ben Wheatley’s movie Sightseers, a romantic comedy without equal. Two awkward lovebirds’ road trip turns into an appalling travelogue as soon as […]

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