ANOTHER HEAVEN was another millennium-era J-horror flick that I had meant to watch for years, until I noticed it was on Netflix of all things.
In our quest to find interesting Asian horror films to watch and recommend to readers, we often have to wade through a lot of rather worthless stuff... Let me temper my possibly extreme opinion about these kinds of movies by saying that NEIGHBOR No. 13 is by no means completely worthless.
Western horror has a proud tradition of shlock. Whether it be the American classics of William Castle or the pure Italian cheesefests of Mario Bava, there are certain archetypes that while corny, are so beloved that we see echoes of these clichés in films to this day.
Thanks to the globalization of the media, western audiences have gotten more and more access to one of Japan’s more dubious exports, the world of “tarento.”
Here at Far East Extreme, I take a look at horror movies from a country and usually try to compare them to other horror movies, or to put them in context and show their place in the cinema of that nation. Except the idea of films showing their “national character” doesn’t always hold water.