Annika Marx is one of the directors of DREAD’s upcoming horror anthology Deathcember! Annika’s Deathcember segment is called “Christmas Corpse”, and it’s a homage to J-Horror (not only stylistically, but also because it deals with suicide caused by burn-out; Japanese have created a word for that because it happens so often: “Karoshi”).
A collection of 24 films that take a look at the dark side of the festive season. 24 international directors with the most diverse ideas and styles; linked by short animated segments that deal with the Advent calendar itself.
It’s fitting, then, that the theme of Annika’s Dread X List is J-Horror movies that haven’t had a remake–yet! Give her selections a read below.
Uzumaki aka Spiral (2000)
Manga adaptation from one of the most creative creators in Japan. A real source of motivation and inspiration for filmmakers. Creativity overload and nonstop weirdness.
Visitor Q (2001)
WTF disturbance with the best quote in film history during a necrophilia scene (don’t worry, no spoilers here!).
Jigoku aka Japanese Hell (1999)
Terrifying Japanese visions of Hell in colorful pictures and a touch of 90s nostalgia.
Exte: Hair Extensions (2007)
Super weird and super funny at the same time. A classic tale of young teens traveling to an abandoned and (surprise) haunted house.
This sci-fi horror may be inspired by the famous true crime case of Elisa Lam.
Tokyo Gore Police (2008)
A dystopian world with bloody battles against mutant rebels. Most gory and disturbing – and because of this, quite entertaining to watch.
Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989)
Japanese cyberpunk horror film by cult director Shinya Tsukamoto.
More drama than actual horror, but very disturbing.
Another great Manga adaptation. So, so, so bad, that it’s great to watch with friends.
Pretty twisted film, a little confusing but very intriguing and very eerie.