Hideo Nakata's 'Ghost Theater' recalls true horror

Nov 25, 2015

Hideo Nakata's 'Ghost Theater' recalls true horror

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A decade or so ago, J-horror (Japanese horror) was a hot genre worldwide. Thinking they had a sure-fire box-office formula — implacable ghosts scaring the bejesus out of attractive women — filmmakers mass-produced sequels, spinoffs and knock-offs, to mostly diminishing returns. The career of ...

Female fears at the dead center of J-horror

Oct 21, 2015

Female fears at the dead center of J-horror

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Japan is a scary place. It has inspired masters of horror over three centuries, from Akinari Ueda in the 1700s (“Ugetsu Monogatari”) to Lafcadio Hearn (“Kwaidan”) in the late 1800s, all the way to the 1990s, when Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s “Cure” and Hideo Nakata’s “Ringu” ...

Godfather of J-horror escapes from genre's grip

May 28, 2014

Godfather of J-horror escapes from genre's grip

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Hideo Nakata could be called the godfather of contemporary Japanese horror, but he would probably hate the label. Regardless, this 52-year-old director of such genre classics as “Ring,” “Ring 2” and “Honogurai Mizu no Soko kara (Dark Water)” has made J-horror — a combination ...