How japanese horror films have influenced hollywood.
How Japanese horror films have influenced Hollywood.
Some examples of Japanese horror films which have been remade into American films: <ul><li>The Ring </li></ul><ul><li>The Grudge </li></ul><ul><li>Dark Water </li></ul>
<ul><li>After a while American horror films were beginning to lose their originality, it was around this time that Japanese horror took off. </li></ul><ul><li>Many Japanese horror films were known for their cleverness and restraint which was much different compared to American horror films at the time which focused more on excessive nudity and high body counts. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Japanese horror films usually have surreal plot lines and use revenge as a common theme among them. They also typically have twisty plotlines and confuse audiences by not letting them know exactly what is going on. Resulting in horror films which left the audience guessing right until the end. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Japanese horror films rely more on psychological horror which is a staple of early American horror films such as ‘The Haunting’, ‘The Shining’, and ‘Poltergeist’. These films are often cited by Japanese horror directors as their inspiration. Japanese horror films use folklore, ghost stories, and tales of honour and allegiance. Many of these movies deal with the breakdown of reality, family, and the mind dealing mainly with the unexplained. </li></ul>
<ul><li>The Japanese thriller ‘Ringu’ inspired the hit American remake ‘The Ring’. ‘The Ring’ became very successful in the US. After ‘The Ring’ hit big at the box office, studios looked to Japan more for other horror movies they could remake. ‘Ju-On’ was the next Japanese horror film to be remade. It was titled ‘The Grudge’ and soon went on to become just as successful at the box office as ‘The Ring’. </li></ul>
<ul><li>The telling of the story in Japanese horror is usually told at a slower pace then American horror. Japanese horror focuses on using more silence and empty spaces to create a sensation of impending death and doom. Terror is created by allowing the audience to not know what exactly is going on in these films as people are always scared the most by what they don’t know or understand. The American movie Jaws uses this exact formula as nobody see’s the shark for the first half of the movie therefore creating both suspense and fear. </li></ul>
<ul><li>With the popularity of movies such as ‘The Ring’, ‘The Ring 2’, and ‘The Grudge’ it is safe to assume that producers will continue to look across the Pacific for more original and scary ideas. As Japanese horror films work on a more dreamlike level than what is currently on the American horror market. They give the sense of not being in control creating tension and fear which are both vital for a good horror movie. </li></ul>