I work part time in a bookstore. One that not only sells books, but if you’re a music and movie aficionado there is a huge selection for you. With J-Horror month, I of course asked one of our movie guys if we had any DVDs I could buy and watch to school myself on this type of horror.
He looked at me and I heard crickets.
The guy who knows just about any book or movie I put in my hand, had no idea what J-Horror was. After I showed him my first post, the lightbulb went on and we went searching. He gave me four titles that we carry in the Criterian Collection. Only one is actually considered J-Horror. Not only did I find a movie that I can watch, but I schooled a pro.
The Criterion Collection description:
In this poetic and atmospheric horror fable, set in a village in war-torn medieval Japan, a malevolent spirit has been ripping out the throats of itinerant samurai. When a military hero is sent to dispatch the unseen force, he finds that he must struggle with his own personal demons as well. From Kaneto Shindo, director of the terror classic Onibaba, Kuroneko (Black Cat) is a spectacularly eerie twilight tale with a shocking feminist angle, evoked through ghostly special effects and exquisite cinematography.