Japanese horror, called now J-horror, is inseparable from the early '00s boom in supernatural horror cinema. With blockbuster remakes like The Ring and The Grudge filling the Hollywood coffers, producers have looked far and wide for the next shot of Asian ghostliness they can remake. DVD companies, similarly, have been raiding the vaults looking for any J-horror film with a remotely frightening premise. The nets have now been flung even wider: Supernatural horror films from Korea, India, and Indonesia are (for the first time) being shown in American theatres. Always looking for the "next" wave, talent scouts are scouring the remotest regions of the world for suitably freaky films.
That's not a bad thing. Honestly. In many cases they are able to bring fantastic slices of horror cinema to the U.S. My friend Yam Laranas' brilliant Fillipino horror film (F-horror or P-horror?) The Echo has been well received in the U.S. and is poised for a big remake. Yet with every trend, good product runs out and the crud rolls in. We're subjected to slap-dash productions that weren't even popular in their home countries. They seem to sprout up like noxious mushrooms on the shelves of Tower Records and Best Buy.
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