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There’s going to be a lot of gore on this list, especially from director Yoshiaki Kawajiri, who is known for his uncanny ability to create disgusting, sexual creatures with depraved desires. Animation lends itself perfectly to body horror, after all. But that isn’t all that the world of horror anime has to offer; there are plenty of horror anime movies and psychological thrillers that will appeal to fans more interested in the supernatural side of the genre.
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Perfect Blue – One Of Best Horror Anime Movies
Satoshi Kon’s 1997 directorial debut “Perfect Blue” is a horrifying psychological thriller about the effects of fame and obsession. The film, based on the novel of the same name by Yoshikazu Takeuchi, follows Mima Kirigoe, lead singer of the girl group CHAM!, which has a very dedicated fanbase. When Mima decides to move from singing to acting, fans are thrown into an uproar, constantly judging her choice on message boards. As Mima tries to cope with the backlash, as well as make it in the sleazy world of acting, she discovers that she has a stalker named Me-Mania and that someone is murdering those around her.
Between trying to maintain her persona as a grown-up female star and needing to process her trauma, Mima loses her grip on reality. She begins blacking out and can’t remember where she was during the murders, making her a prime suspect. Her own concept of identity begins to slip away as she loses any concept of who Mima really is. “Perfect Blue” inspired movies like Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan,” providing a framework for examining modern obsession and their lasting psychological effects; this is not just about stalking, but about how your sense of self disappears when you step into the public eye.
Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack
Manga artist Junji Ito is a master of creating horror on the page, authoring classic manga like “Uzumaki” and “Tomie.” Then, there’s “Gyo,” which was adapted into the anime film “Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack,” released in 2012 and directed by Takayuki Hirao. Yes, this is a tale about killer fish. But not just any killer fish — these aquatic creatures have mutated and grown legs. They also emanate a horrific and nauseating odor that is especially foul to protagonist Kaori, who has a particularly sensitive sense of smell.
The beginning of “Gyo” involves the invasion of a seaside Japanese town by the fish, led by a massive, walking great white shark. And it doesn’t stop there. It’s revealed that these fish are byproducts of Japanese experiments in biological warfare during World War II. “Gyo” is Ito at his wackiest and nastiest, and that tone is beautifully translated to the screen by Hirao. “Gyo” has something for everyone, especially lovers of horror comedy, aquatic horror, and body horror.
Yeon Sang-ho’s 2016 animated film “Seoul Station” is the official prequel to the Korean zombie hit “Train to Busan.” It takes place right at the beginning of the zombie pandemic, when the disease was just spreading across the country. Hye-sun is sex worker living with her deadbeat boyfriend Ki-woong, who pimps her out for money. She’s stuck in a vicious cycle of trauma and abuse, and is fed up with her life. After an explosive argument at the titular Seoul Station, the two are separated by a zombie outbreak. Meanwhile, Hye-sun’s father Suk-gyu is searching the city for his estranged daughter and finally crosses paths with her boyfriend.
“Seoul Station” has a classic two-groups-split-up-during-a-zombie-attack structure, but it doesn’t feel tired here due to the gorgeous animation and the political commentary about Korea’s treatment of its unhoused population. Squatters are among the first victims of the virus, never taken seriously by authority figures and regarded as unimportant by society at large. While zombie films may be overdone, “Seoul Station” provides a breath of fresh air to a well-worn genre, particularly as it renders it through the lens of animation.
“Memories” is a sci-fi horror anthology from the mind of Katsuhiro Otomo, creator of the manga series “Akira.” But this isn’t just Otomo’s project; it also comes from Satoshi Kon, Kōji Morimoto, and Tensai Okamura, all of whom had previously worked under Otomo.
The first story, “Magnetic Rose,” is directed by Morimoto and written by Kon. It follows two engineers who discover an abandoned spaceship full of decadent furnishings and slowly unravel the mystery at the vessel’s core. Next, there’s “Stink Bomb,” directed by Okamura and written by Otomo, about a man who takes the wrong pill and gives himself toxic farts. Yes, there is quite a tonal shift between stories.
Finally, there’s “Cannon Fodder,” directed and written by Otomo, about a young boy who dreams of becoming a military officer and firing cannons against a seemingly nonexistent enemy. These three unrelated films come together to create three very different imaginings of the future, and yet are united by gorgeous animation and thoughtful writing. These horror tales are psychological and haunting, focusing more on the cerebral experience of terror than visceral violence.
Belladonna of Sadness
Eiichi Yamamoto’s 1973 film “Belladonna of Sadness” is a heart-wrenching rape-revenge masterpiece about a scorned woman who yearns for any type of control. In medieval France, Jeanne and Jean are newlyweds basking in the glow of a new marriage. However, it’s sadly short lived when Jeanne is raped by a baron in a ritual ceremony. Despite it being a tradition, Jean can’t handle it and abandons Jeanne. In her despair, Jeanne is offered powers by a phallic demon who guarantees revenge on those who have wronged her.
What ensues is a never-ending struggle for Jeanne to regain bodily autonomy; her status as a woman damns her to a life of torture. Jeanne’s body undergoes several transformations as she tries again and again to become a more powerful being, her flesh metamorphosing like a perverse butterfly. “Belladonna of Sadness” is an agonizing but strangely alluring watch thanks to psychedelic animation that represents violence against women in the abstract instead of in excruciating, realistic detail.
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