Kiyoshi Kurosawa's 1997 slow-burn procedural film has aged better than many of its J-horror contemporaries.
You’re not in Texas anymore.
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.”