The J-horror trend hit Singapore in the late 1990s and until today, it still has the power to get you gripping your seats, shutting your eyes tight and jumping every time a door swings open.  Indeed, when it comes to nightmare inducing horror flicks, the Americans cannot even compare.

Here are the 5 scariest ghosts from J-horror.

5. Mitsuko from Dark Water

Mitsuko looking into the well in which she will drown Photo credit: Film4.com

Mitsuko looking into the well in which she will drown
Photo credit: Film4.com

Mitsuko Kawai is a six year old girl in Dark Water who accidentally drowned when she was abandoned by her mother. Instead of resting in peace, she is looking for a replacement mother. Mitsuko can dematerialise and reemerge out of water. She can manipulate anyone to get what she wants and will not stop till she does. In the movie Dark Water, she uses a little girl, Ikuko as her plaything and attempts to kill her throughout the movie. Ikuko and her mother Yoshimi try to run away. Eventually, Yoshimi sacrifices herself by staying behind to take on the role of mother to Mitsuko so that her real daughter Ikuko would not be killed. Ikuko is spared, but she no longer has her mother. Mitsuko is proof that you don’t have to be huge or an adult to scare the living daylights out of people.

4. F from Marebito

F feeds on a carcass as Masuoka looks on Photo credit: goregirlsdungeon.com

F feeds on a carcass as Masuoka looks on
Photo credit: goregirlsdungeon.com

In Marebito, Masuoka is a man who carries a camera everywhere he goes. He meets and takes in a girl, he names F and becomes obsessed with understanding her. He sets up cameras that enable him to observe her from his cell phone when he leaves the apartment, and checks on her regularly. She does not eat and grows weak. One day, he accidentally cuts himself on a broken camera lens and discovers that F survives on blood when she licks his finger. He cuts himself to feed her further. However, she is insatiable and demands more. He begins to care for her by providing animal carcasses. Later, he has to kill a young girl whom he met under the pretense of filming a pornographic film. He drains the girl’s blood into bottles and feeds it to F. The thought of a human-like creature feeding on the blood of humans makes me hide under the covers at night.

3. Sadako from The Ring

The deathly gaze of Sadako Photo credit: theguardian.com

The deathly gaze of Sadako
Photo credit: theguardian.com

Everyone is bound to remember Sadako, that long-haired female ghost famous for the scene where she crawls out of the TV set. Sadako’s evil spirit is based on the Japanese concept of onryō (vengeful ghost). Onryō are the souls of those who died with extreme hatred. They appear as pale women with long, disheveled black hair, wearing white burial clothes. Sadako is a young woman dressed in white, whose face is concealed behind her  long black hair. Sadako was thrown down a well and imprisoned within. Her spirit survived, however, and put itself into a video tape that kills anyone who views it unless someone else watches it within seven days.

2. Kayako Saeki from Ju-On

Kayako creeping up on her victim, under the covers, in Ju-On:The Grudge Photo credit: Themindreels.com

Kayako creeping up on her victim, under the covers, in Ju-On: The Grudge
Photo credit: Themindreels.com

Kayako is the main antagonist appearing in Ju-On movies. She is the angry and spiteful spirit of a Japanese housewife who was brutally murdered by her husband after his discovery of her feelings towards another man. Her brutal murder caused her to bear a grudge. At the family home, which was the scene of her murder, Kayako condemns anyone who sets foot in her home.  I can never forget the sound Kayako makes as she’s approaching her victim. It is a jagged croaking noise which curdles my blood.

1. Toshio Saeki from Ju-On

Toshio Saeki with his trademark menacing pitch black eyes returns in Ju-On 4 this July. Photo credit: GV.com.sg

Toshio Saeki with his trademark menacing pitch black eyes returns in Ju-On 4 this July.
Photo credit: GV.com.sg

Toshio is Kayako’s ghost son. Why have just one scary ghost when you can give people two! Toshio was not murdered by his father but it is speculated that Kayako took him to the afterlife with her when she died. He is the ghost who preys on all who take up residence in his house.  The perfect ghost for well-crafted jump scare sequences, Toshio appears as a creepy looking little boy whose pitch black wide open eyes are contrasted against a face that is painted all white. When he opens his mouth, he lets off a spine chilling meow sound. He makes me jump out of my seat whenever he appears.

Ju-On 4 is the final sequel to the Ju-On movie series Photo credit: GV.com.sg

Ju-On 4 is the final sequel to the Ju-On movie series
Photo credit: GV.com.sg

I should get my head checked, because I’m looking forward to being spooked all over again by Kayako and Toshio in Ju-On 4: The Final Curse. Apart from the odd satisfaction from getting thoroughly horrified for 91 minutes, I’m also looking forward to plugging in the final gaps of my Ju-On journey. How did Toshio get dragged into the afterlife? Will Kayako’s curse ever end?

In the finale of the Ju-On series, Mai Ikuno (Airi Taira) discovers that her younger sister Yui has disappeared. Yui is as an elementary school teacher, and she frequently visited the home of Toshio Saeki (Kai Kobayashi), a truant student. Looking for clues to the whereabouts of her sister, Mai goes to the Saeki house. But weird and puzzling things begins to occur around Mai from the day she set foot in that house.

Watch the trailer here.

Ju-On 4: The Final Curse opens in theatres on July 9.

 

Sources: wikipedia.org- TheGrudge , ring.wikia.com, Wikipedia.org-Marebito, villains.wikia.com