October 23–31, 2020


“Japanese horror has always set the bar high when it comes to making your skin crawl.”

Anne Billson, The Guardian

Let’s see. Dead-eyed, pallid-skinned ghoul children? Manic visions of transhumanism run amok? Slow-burn chills that one-eighty into stomach-turning gore? Gonzo, goofy, ghost-story psychedelia? Yep, boxes are checked for The Cinematheque’s J-horror primer this Halloween, featuring five benchmark blood-curdlers from the land of high-art horror, Japan. Four of the films arrive in optic-frying new restorations, with a digitally refurbished Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989) receiving its North American theatrical debut. There’ll be nightmare fuel aplenty, dear scream seekers! As if 2020 wasn't already scary enough...

Upcoming Screenings

  • Ring web7
  • Ring
  • Ringu
  • Japan1998
  • Hideo Nakata
  • 96 DCP
  • 14A
  • Tetsuo web1
  • Tetsuo: The Iron Man
  • Tetsuo
  • Japan1989
  • Shinya Tsukamoto
  • 67 DCP
  • 14A
  • Darkwater web3
  • Dark Water
  • Honogurai mizu no soko kara
  • Japan2002
  • Hideo Nakata
  • 101 DCP
  • 14A
  • House web1
  • House
  • Hausu
  • Japan1977
  • Nobuhiko Obayashi
  • 88 BluRay
  • NR
  • Audition web1
  • Audition
  • Ôdishon
  • Japan1999
  • Takashi Miike
  • 115 DCP
  • 14A

List of Programmed Films

Date Film Title Director(s) Year Country
2020-Oct Ring Hideo Nakata 1998 Japan
2020-Oct Tetsuo: The Iron Man Shinya Tsukamoto 1989 Japan
2020-Oct Dark Water Hideo Nakata 2002 Japan
2020-Oct House Nobuhiko Obayashi 1977 Japan
2020-Oct Audition Takashi Miike 1999 Japan