Defining J-horror: The terror of deep time

Books Dec 10, 2016

Defining J-horror: The terror of deep time

by Eugene Thacker

The horror genre is not typically thought of as a "slow" genre. In fact, horror films today often feel like stimulus-response tests where shocking events happen suddenly and without warning. However, Japanese horror directors take up another tradition, one where events unfold gradually. A ...

J-horror master Yoshihiro Nakamura returns to form

Film Jan 20, 2016

J-horror master Yoshihiro Nakamura returns to form

by Mark Schilling

Yoshihiro Nakamura entered the film world on a well-trodden path. After making 8 mm films while studying at Tokyo's Seijo University and winning a prize at the 1993 Pia Film Festival — a famous incubator for young Japanese filmmakers — he worked as an ...

Death and the Flower

Books / Reviews Aug 23, 2014

Death and the Flower

by Daniel Robson

When Koji Suzuki wrote "Ring," the novel behind the film that brought the J-horror genre to the world, he apparently had a baby in his lap, and he went on to write not only horror fiction but also parenting books. "Death and the Flower" ...