Through franchises such as The Ring and The Grudge, Japanese horror films over the past decade or so have exerted a singular influence on the horror genre and on the film industry as a whole. But navigating the numerous versions released in the U.S. and Japan of these and other films, and figuring out which to watch next, can be quite difficult. Enter J-Horror, which is at once a history of and a reference guide to the genre. Comprehensive in scope and filled with a wealth of factual detail and acute insight, J-Horror will make you an instant expert in one of the hottest trends in recent film history.
David Kalat is the author of indispensable books on film and television history, including The Strange Case of Dr. Mabue, Homicide: Life on the Streets: The Unofficial Companion and A Critical History and Filmography of Toho’s Godzilla Series. He regularly writes for Scarlet Street and Filmfax and is the president of the oldest independent DVD label in the industry, All Day Entertainment.