meta: Horror

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2017


'Wolf Guy': Bark At The Moon
A truly strange specimen from Sonny Chiba's filmography, and an illuminating early example of how manga adaptations were a perfect fit for 1970s exploitation cinema from Japan
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2016


'Berserk' (2016): What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted?
The return of Kentarō Miura's violent fantasy epic to the little screen brings with it a fidelity to its strong characterization and powerful story -- and a renewed appreciation of all that was problematic the first time
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Patreon 'Aoi Bungaku: Sakura No Mori No Mankai No Shita [In The Forest, Under Cherries In Full Bloom]': The Heart's Filthy Lesson
Ango Sakaguchi's classic story, a mix of 'farce, fable, and mystery' (and horror) is brought to life with outlandish style and color -- and always with one eye cocked towards its heart of darkness
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'Empire of Corpses': Dead Man's Party
Label anything 'steampunk' and the label tends to take over, but this fantasy from the late lamented Project Itoh is about more than just clockworks and longcoats
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'Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace': Darker Than You Think
Edogawa Rampo's 'erotic-grotesque' horror stories are remixed for the (post)modern day in this sinister, surreal, and colorful adventure
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'Kizumonogatari': Came Back Haunted
Freshly translated into English, Nisioisin's novel of vampires and hapless human thralls is catnip for fans of his 'Monogatari' series, but everyone else faces an uphill climb
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2015


'Tokyo Ghoul': The Inhuman Condition
It's tough sledding at first due to its focus on a hapless protagonist, but the way 'Tokyo Ghoul' picks up steam to redeem itself is impressive
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'Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust': Beyond The Pale
Adapted from the third novel in the 'D' series, 'Bloodlust' tops its source material, the earlier animated 'D' film, and a good deal of the competition that's come along since
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'Vampire Hunter D': Wanted, Undead Or Alive
There's little question 'D' helped open anime to the West, but its status as an artifact of its moment in time has only become more stark over the years
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The First Rule Of 'Lychee Light Club' Is You Don't Talk About 'Lychee Light Club'
Usamaru Furuya's Grand Guignol horrorshow weeds out all but the sternest stomachs with its transgressive story and gory art -- but is the true test of a piece of work how quickly it empties the room?
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Let's Animate This: 'Dogura Magura'
Yumeno Kyusaku's masterpiece of surreal horror has been filmed, and even adapted to manga, but its dreamy evil makes it perfectly suited to an anime version
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2014


'Hellsing Ultimate': Or, The Dracula-Vs.-Nazi-Vampire-Burning-London-To-The-Ground Blues
Looking back over this legendary and now-concluded OVA series, it's striking to realize how it all amounted to a great deal less than it might have seemed
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'Shiki': Human Monsters, All-Too-Human Monsters
The horror at the heart of this horror story lies in how it toys so adeptly with our understanding of 'human' and 'monster'
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'Claymore': The Beautiful And The Damned
Rare these days is the series with an all-female cast where character, story, and drama are the goals, not titillation or eye candy
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'Paranoia Agent': We Have Met The Enemy And He Is Us
The real monster in Satoshi Kon's genre-defying black comedy of horrors is human nature itself
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'Mononoke': To Extreme Sickness, Extreme Remedies
Long unavailable in anything but fansubs, this psychedelic horror-fantasy anthology is bewitching and intoxicating
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'Berserk: The Golden Age Arc III: The Advent'
The third of the 'Berserk' films brings us to the long-awaited end of the beginning, and reminds us the TV series still did some things totally right
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Let's Film This: 'Claymore'
A massive budget wouldn't be needed to realize this most emotionally-powered of dark fantasies -- just proper attention to its story and characters
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2013


'Sankarea': My Little Corpse Bride
Comedy and horror; oil and water
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