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The Most Terrifying Japanese Horror Movies of All Time

Updated November 21, 2019 7.0k votes 1.7k voters 222.6k views65 items

List RulesJapanese movies in the horror genre only

Are you wondering which Japanese horror films are considered the best by voters like you? Whether you're a huge fan of the Japanese horror movie genre or just beginning to dive into these creepy foreign films, this list (ranked by fans) will let you know which scary flicks are the most popular.

If your particular favorite Japanese horror movie is not at the top of the list, vote it up! Or, if you don’t see your favorite listed, go ahead and add it so that other lovers of Japanese scary movies can enjoy it as well.

Looking for a new scary movie that you haven’t seen yet? With this extensive list you are sure to find something new. Or maybe you're an old pro who wants to relive some of the best horror movie moments. No matter what, this list will help you find what you are looking for (as long as you're looking for awesomely terrifying movies).

Don't be afraid! Check out the list below to find out which fan favorites are considered the best Japanese horror movies.
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    Ring is a 1998 Japanese mystery thriller film directed by Hideo Nakata, adapted from the novel...  more

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    Ju-on: The Grudge is a 2002 Japanese horror film written and directed by Takashi Shimizu. This...  more

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    Audition is a 1999 Japanese psychological horror-drama film, directed by Takashi Miike and...  more

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    Dark Water is a 2002 Japanese horror film directed by Hideo Nakata, the director of Ring and...  more
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    Pulse, known in Japan as Kairo, is a 2001 Japanese horror film directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa....  more
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    Battle Royale is a 2000 Japanese action thriller film adapted from the 1999 novel of the same...  more

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    Ring O: Birthday

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    Ju-on: The Grudge 2 is a 2003 Japanese horror film and the fourth installment in the Ju-on...  more
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    Marebito Unique One is a 2004 Japanese horror film directed by Takashi Shimizu....  more

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    One Missed Call is a 2003 Japanese horror film directed by Takashi Miike and written by Minako...  more

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    Grotesque is a 2009 Japanese splatter horror and exploitation film written and directed by...  more
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    Ju-on: The Curse, also known as simply Ju-on, is a 2000 Japanese V-Cinema horror film and the...  more

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    This film is a 2001 Japanese film directed by Takashi Miike, written by Sakichi Sato, and...  more

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    Aku no Kyōten, known in English as Lesson of the Evil, is a 2012 Japanese slasher film...  more
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    Suicide Club

    Suicide Club, known in Japan as Suicide Circle is a 2002 Japanese independent horror film that...  more
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    Noriko's Dinner Table is a Japanese horror drama film, and a prequel to the cult film Suicide...  more
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    Versus is a 2000 Japanese independent zombie action film co-written, produced, and directed by...  more

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    Three... Extremes is a 2004 international East Asian horror film collaboration consisting of...  more

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    Ring 2

    Ring 2, directed by Hideo Nakata, is the sequel to the Japanese horror film, Ring. Ring was...  more
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    Reincarnation is a 2005 Japanese horror film, directed by Takashi Shimizu, of a hopeful...  more

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    Occult is a 2009 J-Horror, "found footage" film in the form of a documentary. The movie was...  more
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    One Missed Call 2 is a Japanese horror film, and the sequel to the J-Horror film One Missed...  more
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    House (Japanese: ハウス, Hepburn: Hausu) is a 1977 Japanese horror film directed and produced by...  more

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    Infection is a 2004 Japanese horror film directed by Masayuki Ochiai, of a run-down hospital...  more

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    Guinea Pig 2: Flower of Flesh and Blood is a 1985 Japanese horror film written and directed by...  more