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The Best Japanese Horror Movie From Each Year Of The 1990s

The Best Japanese Horror Movie From Each Year Of The 1990s

By the late 1990s, Japan definitely rivaled, if not surpassed, the United States with its horror movies. In fact, quite a few Japanese scary films from the latter half of the decade were remade by American movie studios for English-speaking audiences. The innovative nature of Japanese horror films inspired all kinds of copycats - and its enduring influence over Western cinema remains strong.

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While movies like Ringu in 1998 helped usher in the era of contemporary J-horror - a type of psychological horror unique to Japan - other genre contributions during the 1990s attest to the island nation's mastery of bizarre, chilling flicks. From techie body horror to classic ghost stories, Japanese filmmakers know how to generate scares.

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