Over the last few years, we have seen more and more movies in the United States that were influenced by Japanese horror movies. Why is it that there is so much attention that is being focused on Japan by Hollywood? What is the influence that we are seeing in American horror films that have come from Japan?
Hollywood has been trying to look anywhere it can for inspiration for new movies. It will go through spurts as to which areas of the world, history, or science will influence movie making. One of the current trends in Hollywood is to look towards japan for inspiration.
Japanese moviemakers are considered to be some of the most visual moviemakers in the world. Japanese horror moviemakers will attempt to bring nightmares to life on the silver screen. They will show graphics that are sure to haunt viewers for many years.
Japanese horror movie creators will take a mixture of makeup, stop-motion-photography, and computer-generated graphics and put them into a movie. This creation incorporates many historical aspects of movie creation. This is an art form that Hollywood tries to match.
Movies such as The Ring and The Grudge have been inspired by Japanese horror movies. A very popular horror movie genre in Japan is the ghostly curse movie. In this type of movie, a ghost that was brought about by a curse haunts the main character.
Ghosts are typically shown as dirty entities. They are usually faded some from view, and are usually caked in dirt. This shows the idea that the ghost had to battle through the dirt that its casket was buried in.
This is a psychological idea that Hollywood had not considered until Japanese filmmakers pointed it out to them. This is becoming a standard, not only in Japan, but in the United States as well.
Most ghosts that are seen in movies today are very jerky, and will flash in and out of frame rapidly. This was created by Japanese horror moviemakers to symbolize that crossing between this world, and the next that a ghost has to do.
Many ghosts also have their faces shrouded in long, dark hair. This is meant to symbolize that shroud that is given in death. It is also meant to symbolize that the ghost’s visage is so horrible that it should not see the light of day.
Japanese ghost movies will usually portray ghosts as horrible demonic children. Symbolically, this affects many parents. These parents love their children and want the best for them. The parents see their children as angels, not the demons that are portrayed on the screen.
Hollywood will continue to look to Japan for inspiration for at least the next few years. The intellectual freedom, and focus on symbolism is a breath of fresh air for Hollywood. It is also a breath of fresh air for horror movie fans.