One thing is certain: Japan knows how to make horror movies. Deemed unique, and often superior, when compared to other scary movies from around the globe, Japanese horror films tend to be psychological, suspenseful, and follow supernatural themes.
Japan has plenty of rich and diverse folklore as well as a storied history to draw inspiration from. By turning horrific myths and real-life fears into films, Japan has made some true horror classics as well as frightening modern hits.
Several of the following films are part of the Criterion Collection, a number of films honored for their cultural, visual, thematic or other significance.
This October, countdown to Halloween with any—or all—of these Japanese horror movies that are sure to give you chills.