“What classic anime horror movies can I watch on Halloween?” you ask.
Since tomorrow night is Halloween we often can’t choose what anime to watch. Luckily there is quite an arsenal of horror or spooky themed anime movies to watch in the spirit of Halloween celebration. For the faint of heart there are a number of mild horror movies to watch and for those souls that like something deeper and darker we have a few suggestions too.
Movies for the Faint of heart
Scary things on Halloween not your cup of tea, be assured we have some movies just for you to enjoy without worrying if you will be able to go to sleep…
Wolf Children (Okami kodomo no ame to yuki)
Madhouse and Studio Chizu
Two students fall in love, one happens to be a Wolfman. Two beautiful children are born, then in a tragic accident the Wolfman dies, leaving Hana, his human wife, to raise their children Yuki (which means Snow) and Ame (Which means Rain) alone. He passed his affliction on to the children making them Wolf Children. To live peacefully, Hana must make the difficult decision to move to a small town, close to nature to help them explore who they are. She faces problems such as whether to bring the children to a pediatrician or veterinarian when they are sick, a problem that all of us would also struggle with in such an unusual circumstance.
You get lost in the story in a good way and it was done so expertly that you feel as if you are there, experiencing every thing Hanna and the children are going through.
Here we are dealing not with the werewolf that lives to eat human flesh and terrorize small towns or change by the influence of the full moon, no we deal with wolf people who struggle with the same issues humans do, but also struggle with their identities. Is it a human in the wolf’s body or a wolf in the human’s body? The movie asks great questions to think about on Halloween night.
For a little peek, we include the trailer of Wolf Children, please follow the link: http://bit.ly/Wolf_Children_trailer
Howl’s Moving Castle (Hauru no ugoku Shiro)
Howl’s Moving Castle follows young Sophie Hatter, eldest of three daughters, a woman doomed to the boring life as a hat maker. Sophie resigns herself to her fate, but destiny has luckily, other plans for her. The Witch of the Waste curses her with the body of a 90-year-old woman, and she goes in search of a wizard to help her break the spell. Soon she finds her way to a moving castle inhabited by the wizard Howl, rumoured by all to devour the souls of young girls. The wizard Howl, cursed by the Witch as well, is seeking the love of young girl to help him break his curse.
One can imagine how it feels to suddenly find yourself old and feeble, in the blink of an eye, trying to do things you could have done with ease just a little while ago, this is very well portrayed in the movie, another nice theme for a Halloween anime movie night.
For your viewing pleasure we give you the trailer of Howl’s Moving Castle. Please follow the link: http://bit.ly/howls_Moving_Castle_Trailer
Other Studio Gibli movies that will work well for a Halloween Horror anime night that we can recommend are Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro.
More chilling anime horror recommendations…
Love the chilling feeling at the nape of your neck and goosebumps on the skin? Love a Halloween where you see some spooky crawlies or some gore on your screen? Then we have just the suggestions that might bring spice to your Halloween.
Studio 4°C and Madhouse
“Memories” is made up of three separate science-fiction ‘episodes’ (an Omnibus) and is a truly impressive piece of art. Memories (also Otomo Katsuhiro’s Memories) was produced in 1995 by artist/director Katsuhiro Otomo and based on three of his manga short stories. It has everything, ‘Magnetic Rose’ – the sci-fi horror, ‘Stink Bomb’ – Sci-fi horror comedy and ‘Cannon Fodder’ a weird steam punk movie.
In the first, Magnetic Rose, four salvage ship crewmen are drawn into an abandoned spaceship that contains a haunted world created by an opera diva’s memories. It is ‘Science-Fiction meets opera meets House on Haunted Hill’ as four men try to survive the rush of spine-chilling events. The sheer brilliance and originality of ‘Magnetic Rose’ holds one in thrall and keeps you captivated to the very end. The imagery is quite creepy but fun to watch, but the music makes the anime even more out of this world creepy. Maria Callas‘ performance of Un bel dì, vedremo in the episode, adds to the dark and haunting ambiance throughout Magnetic Rose. The episode’s music reflects the feel of the episode in a very strong way and is its own character in itself. A must see on Halloween night.
In Stink Bomb, a young lab assistant, fighting a simple cold, accidentally transforming himself into a human force of destruction, set on a direct course for Tokyo. The animation style is very comical and though the episode is very weird, you can’t wait to see what happens to the poor lab assistant next. The music’s jazzy and funky vibes brings justice to the film’s chaotic, comedic nature very admirably. A little laughter for Halloween night perhaps…
The final episode, Cannon Fodder, shows us a day in the life of a city whose entire purpose is the firing of cannons at an unseen enemy. It is a nice example of a steam punk world where all technology runs on steam and people are dressed in Victorian fashion. The movie can be seen as an imitation of life when one’s life is filled with the same struggles every day with no change in sight (Also horror in a way). It is very somber, but watch worthy and perhaps the worst of the three ‘episodes’ in the movie.
Here is a trailer to the movie Memories, to have a nibble on this horror trailer, please follow this link: http://bit.ly/Memories_Trailer
Ninja Scroll (1993) “Jûbê ninpûchô” (original title)
A fallen ninja, Jubei is a wandering noble/sword for hire, but when a chance meeting leads him to save a young ninja woman from rape, he makes enemies with a group of demonic humans. Jubei and the woman part ways, but later a government spy forces Jubei to join up with her again to investigate the mysterious death of an entire village. The investigation reveals a conspiracy involving the demons and an old nemesis, thought to be dead, hell-bent on overthrowing the feudal Japanese government. As they get closer to the truth, the demons close in on them. Pretty soon Jubei finds himself in a deadly fight with many super strong inhuman opponents. Can he piece the clues together before time runs out?
Ninja Scroll is a classic anime, one of the best-known titles among old-school anime fanatiks. It contains severe, extreme fantasy violence, with fighting, gushing and raining blood, slicing-and-dicing, pummeling, and death, making it a very nice movie for a Halloween Anime movie evening. Prepare yourself for an insanely gore-packed orgy of violence, still standing alone and unchallenged as the ultimate anime horror/action feature. It’s beautifully made, with some incredible action and artwork, and the male and female heroes have some admirable qualities. Ninja Scroll contains scenes of sexual and violent nature, it definitely is it unsuitable to watch for the squeamish and parents should exercise strong caution in showing this to anime fanatiks under the age of 17.
Here is the Ninja Scroll trailer. It contains scenes of violence and nudity so viewer’s discretion is advised. To feast your eyes on this horror, please follow the link: http://bit.ly/Ninja_Scoll_Trailer
Other movies we highly recommend for an evening of anime horror on Halloween is Vampire Hunter D, Akira, Blood: The Last Vampire, Mermaid’s Scar and Corpse Party.
AnimeFanatika wishes you a super sugoi, fun and safe Halloween. Whatever your Halloween plans are make it a pleasantly memorable night.