Flowers from Hell
Over the past decade, Japan has become a key player on the contemporary horror scene, producing some of the most influential and critically respected genre movies of recent years and helping to spark off the worldwide interest in Asian horror. Whether it's the subtle chills of Ring, the graphic brutality of Audition or the zombie-fuelled mayhem of Versus, Japanese horror has had a major impact throughout the world, leading to high profile remakes and sending its most talented directors to Hollywood. Flowers from Hell is the most in-depth look at the vibrant and challenging world of modern Japanese horror so far, covering the best directors, the most important films and the most popular themes of the past 25 years. From its origins in the mid-80s to the multi-million dollar franchises of today, Flowers from Hell traces the evolution of this consistently inventive and influential horror phenomenon. * Films featured include:- * The Ring series *Audition *Battle Royale *Juon/The Grudge * Evil Dead Trap *Curse *Pulse plus over 200 other captivating titles including the controversial soft core Pink cinema genre.
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Review: Flowers from Hell: The Modern Japanese Horror FilmUser Review - Matt - Goodreads
It's a fun read, but I was hoping for a bit more detail on the cross pollination between western and eastern horror styles. The commentary is there, but more space is given to plot summaries of variously delightfully gruesome films. Read full review