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Dread X: DEATHCEMBER Director Annika Marx’s Top 10 J-Horror Movies That Haven’t Gotten a Remake (Yet)

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”).

Deathcember Synopsis:
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)

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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)

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WTF disturbance with the best quote in film history during a necrophilia scene (don’t worry, no spoilers here!).

Jigoku aka Japanese Hell (1999)

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Terrifying Japanese visions of Hell in colorful pictures and a touch of 90s nostalgia. 

Exte: Hair Extensions (2007)

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Super weird and super funny at the same time. A classic tale of young teens traveling to an abandoned and (surprise) haunted house.

Hellevator (2004)

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This sci-fi horror may be inspired by the famous true crime case of Elisa Lam.

Tokyo Gore Police (2008)

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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)

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Japanese cyberpunk horror film by cult director Shinya Tsukamoto.

Audition (1999)

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More drama than actual horror, but very disturbing.

Tomie (1998)

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Another great Manga adaptation. So, so, so bad, that it’s great to watch with friends. 

Marebito (2004)  

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Pretty twisted film, a little confusing but very intriguing and very eerie. 

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