It’s October already and everyone knows what that means – Halloween! There are plenty of ways to celebrate this time of year, and Netflix doesn’t disappoint with its lineup of new releases to spook everyone. But did you know that there are also plenty of anime horror movies for those of us with more otaku tastes? And you probably haven’t heard of very many!
There are many awesome Halloween animated movies that are based on anime series or other movies, like resident Evil Where Ajin. This list, however, will only contain anime movies that can be viewed on their own. They don’t need any other prior information to enjoy it, and when they’re done, the story is over. This makes them perfect for a spooky night at home or for people with busy schedules who still want to enjoy some horror anime. Most of them aren’t well-known either, so chances are you haven’t watched them yet.
Aragne: Sign of Vermilion
Aragne: Sign of Vermilion is a psychological horror film that may not be of the highest quality, but is great for scaring. The story follows a university student named Rin who moves into a mysterious apartment that is nothing like what she expected. There are terrible crimes happening all over his neighborhood, and the building itself is full of mysterious and brooding strangers.
That’s not all, however; something even darker and ominous is coming, something between myths and monsters that Rin can’t even begin to imagine. As she searches for answers in a strange library, she only finds more questions. If you don’t mind a movie that might not be the best but definitely ticks the “mysterious” and “dark” boxes, Aragne: Sign of Vermilion worth a detour at least once.
underworld is something between a horror movie and a comedy, which gives it the right Halloween vibe without being too scary for those with a little weaker heart. In underworld, the main character Rinne Amagane dies one day on the way to school. She still goes to school, but the thing is, now her school is in hell! And it’s full of demons!
All Rinne wants to do is return to her old life in the land of the living, but all the while she begins to befriend her demon classmates. She never could have expected the bond she would eventually form with them, which means she has to decide if she really wants to go back…but maybe she’s just as happy to live. in hell.
Kakurenbo: hide and seek
Kakurenbo: hide and seek is the shortest film on our list at just 24 minutes, but it has an intriguing enough story that we don’t want to leave it out. This is actually a game of hide and seek, but not your average schoolyard version. Kakurenbo: hide and seek takes place in a broken city where children play in the ruins of what once was. There, there is a special hide-and-seek game called “Otokoyo”.
Otokoyo can only be played by people wearing fox masks to hide their identities, and can also only be played with seven people. The risk of playing this special game, however, is that everyone playing mysteriously has disappeared. Now seven children have come together to play the dangerous game – what will happen to them?
Beauty Water is a special entry on our list because it is not a Japanese anime, but Korean. Based on a web-manga, Beauty Water explores what it means to be beautiful and how this pursuit can destroy someone’s life. The product at the center of the plot is called beauty water, and it can be applied to someone’s face to allow them to mold and shape their features as they wish.
But when Yaeji gets her hands on beauty water completely by chance, it takes over her life. She becomes obsessed with using it to change her appearance and can only focus on becoming what she thinks is the most beautiful woman there is. His pursuit is endless and ends up destroying her. Beauty Water has disturbing imagery and is a chilling commentary on the dangers of becoming obsessed with one’s appearance.
Guilstein is a sci-fi horror film based on a manga by Tamaki Hisao. The animation is a mix of digital animation, 3D and the usual 2D style, which sets it apart from most other anime. It’s set in the year 2088, and the future is truly bleak. There aren’t many humans left, and instead they’ve been transformed into terrible creatures called guilsteins. These creatures no longer contain souls.
The guilsteins were created by the wealthy as they experimented on their fellows in an attempt to make biological weapons. Whereas Guilstein might not be your typical horror movie, we’ve included it because the monster designs are really cool and pretty scary too. The Guilsteins themselves are definitely something out of our nightmares, and they’re what makes the movie the most memorable, and what you’re most likely to keep thinking about even after the movie is over.
Movie Karura Mau
If you are a classic horror fan and want to experience something Japanese, Movie Karura Mau is what you are looking for. It was made in 1989, but don’t let that put you off immediately. It is by far the most Japanese horror anime film. The two main characters are sisters Shoko and Maiko. Although they may appear to be ordinary students, they are actually exorcists from Karura Temple.
Together they are powerful exorcists who fight demons, but they have to be together because each girl only has half the powers needed to do so. Maiko can banish evil spirits, but only Shoko can see them. Originally a manga, A film by Karurua Mau is heavily based on Japanese occult stories and contains many ghosts, demons, and other traditional spirits throughout the film. It also has a lot of gore.
Unfortunately, standalone horror anime movies aren’t very popular and aren’t made very often. It’s much more common to find anime movies based on an already existing property that you also need to watch to understand them. But we know not everyone has that kind of time and commitment, so sometimes it’s really nice to sit down and watch something under two hours.
All of these anime horror movies have horror elements, be it monsters, gore, creepy jumps, demons, ghosts, etc. to frighten and frighten you. And while they’re great to watch during the Halloween season, that doesn’t stop you from looking at them any time of the year when you’re looking for a little scare. Japan does horror differently, and it’s great to see it expressed in animated films!
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