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…


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 Obayashi Nobuhiko 1977 Japan
2020-Oct Audition Takashi Miike 1999 Japan