• Horror Movie Maven
    Horror Movie Maven

    The Vengeful Female Ghosts of J-Horror

    There is something about Japanese horror movies that is just inherently freaky. It almost doesn’t matter what culture you were raised in, J-horror is guaranteed to curdle your blood. Why is that? What is it that our Western society responds to so strongly in these tales lifted from traditional Japanese ghost stories and lore? Though there are plenty of reasons to be afraid, what I find so fascinating (and often terrifying) is the portrayal of female archetypes throughout these stories and how that translates to the big screen. Japanese folklore has a thing for yūrei (ghosts). I mean, they are everywhere. This has to do with beliefs about death and…