10 Terrifying Japanese Horror Movies You've Probably Never Seen
You might be familiar with the name Takashi Miike. This infamous director is responsible for some of the genre's most disturbing movies, such as Ichi the Killer, Imprint and Audition. But the horror icon has made far more titles than you've probably heard of, and one that deserves a larger spotlight is Over Your Dead Body.
This film takes place in the rehearsal room for a new play based on Yotsuya Kaidan - a ghost story about love, betrayal and revenge. The protagonist of the performance is played by a popular actor called Miyuki Goto, who uses politics to get her lover a key part. Soon, tensions amongst the cast and crew rise, and the line between fiction and reality begins to blur, in a supernatural way.
The movie's repurposing of this classic folklore tale makes it incredibly unique, as two narratives are being told. The first is the original story, and the second concerns the supernatural effects that retelling it causes. It makes Over Your Dead Body incredibly ambitious from a storytelling perspective, as it brings folklore into the 21st century, blending classic and modern forms of horror.
Miike is known for his fantastic visuals, gore and metaphorical storytelling and this film is no exception. It's aesthetically stunning, and the slow pace and constantly-eerie atmosphere results in some massive scares.