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Personal Lists featuring...

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“Your mother's in here, Karras. Would you like to leave a message? I'll see that she gets it.”
       ― Pazuzu, 'The Exorcist' (1973)

After combing through movie lists from IMDB to Reddit, I think I've created the most complete collection of horror movies that climb inside your skull and mess with your brains.

Some people claim that the benchmark of a true psychological horror is that the truly petrifying element is what isn't shown, not necessarily what is. But I've also included horror films that rely on the disintegration of the human psyche, and films where characters begin to lose faith in what is strictly real.


Beginner's Guide: Psychological Horror, via Film Inquiry: tinyurl.com/j2ygg5w

What Exactly Is a "Psychological" Horror Film?, via PopMatters: tinyurl.com/jlp59ue

Why 'The Shining' is the Best Psychological Horror Film Ever, via The Tangential: tinyurl.com/yb4d3yf4

Why We Crave Horror Movies (PDF), via Stephen King: tinyurl.com/pm5amx5

Common Themes in Psychological Thrillers, via The Artifice: tinyurl.com/hqgtwu5

Death, Grief & Why Horror Films Matter, via Talkhouse: tinyurl.com/yc3gsu2c

Psychological Thriller ‘Oculus’ Challenges Perceptions Of Horror Genre, via The Heights: tinyurl.com/y87eg24w

Psychological Horror in the Films of David Lynch, via film-o-holic: tinyurl.com/glgmpym

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Building on and bringing up to date the material presented in the first installment of Directory of World Cinema: Japan, this volume continues the exploration of the enduring classics, cult favorites, and contemporary blockbusters of Japanese cinema with new contributions from leading critics and film scholars. Among the additions to this volume are in-depth treatments of two previously unexplored genres—youth cinema and films depicting lower-class settings—considered alongside discussions of popular narrative forms, including J-Horror, samurai cinema, anime, and the Japanese New Wave.

Accompanying the critical essays in this volume are more than 150 new film reviews, complemented by full-color film stills, and significantly expanded references for further study. From the Golden Age to the film festival favorites of today, Directory of World Cinema: Japan 2 completes this comprehensive treatment of a consistently fascinating national cinema.

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The list is based on the contents of the Book, sorted by chapters:
Film of the Year
Alternative Japan
Anime / Animation
Chambara / Samurai Cinema
Contemporary Blockbusters
J-Horror / Japanese Horror
Jidai-geki / Period Drama
Nuberu Bagu / The Japanese New Wave
Seishun eiga / Japanese Youth Cinema
Shomin-geki / Lower Class Life
Yakuza / Gangster

More information on this is also aviable on http://worldcinemadirectory.co.uk/!

List for the 1st edition: http://trakt.tv/user/sp1ti/lists/directory-of-world-cinema-japan

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Building on and bringing up to date the material presented in the first installment of Directory of World Cinema: Japan, this volume continues the exploration of the enduring classics, cult favorites, and contemporary blockbusters of Japanese cinema with new contributions from leading critics and film scholars. Among the additions to this volume are in-depth treatments of two previously unexplored genres—youth cinema and films depicting lower-class settings—considered alongside discussions of popular narrative forms, including J-Horror, samurai cinema, anime, and the Japanese New Wave.

Accompanying the critical essays in this volume are more than 150 new film reviews, complemented by full-color film stills, and significantly expanded references for further study. From the Golden Age to the film festival favorites of today, Directory of World Cinema: Japan 2 completes this comprehensive treatment of a consistently fascinating national cinema.

The list is based on the contents of the Book, sorted by chapters:

  • Film of the Year
  • Alternative Japan
  • Anime / Animation
  • Chambara / Samurai Cinema
  • Contemporary Blockbusters
  • J-Horror / Japanese Horror
  • Jidai-geki / Period Drama
  • Nuberu Bagu / The Japanese New Wave
  • Seishun eiga / Japanese Youth Cinema
  • Shomin-geki / Lower Class Life
  • Yakuza / Gangster

More information on this is also aviable on http://worldcinemadirectory.co.uk/!

List for the 1st edition: http://trakt.tv/users/sp1ti/lists/directory-of-world-cinema-japan

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Japanese horror tends to focus on psychological horror and tension building, particularly involving ghosts and poltergeists, while many contain themes of folk religion such as: possession, exorcism, shamanism, precognition, and yōkai.

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Movies and Documentaries

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A list of films which were adapted from either Manga, Manhwa or Anime.

Many sourced from deano11's IMDB-List http://www.imdb.com/list/3uFsOeRH6ss but extended by quite a few.

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