Japanese’s most traumatic foreign horror films

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The time for watching horror movies in Japan is not Halloween, but mid-summer, for the cooling effect of chills down one’s spine. However, this survey from goo Ranking looked at which foreign horror films people found traumatic.

Demographics

Between the 7th and 9th of July 2013 1,096 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 50.5% of the sample were female, 24.4% in their teens, 25.2% in their twenties, 24.8% in their thirties, and 25.6% in their forties; there was no-one older than 49 in this sample. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

Note that the definition of “horror” is a bit loose – I wouldn’t class Psycho and Alien, for instance, as horror, and Sixth Sense was just awful.

Have any of my readers found Japanese horror movies traumatic? I’ve never actually watched any myself, but as for Western movies, Carrie was a bit traumatic for me.

Here is a picture of Japan’s most famous horror character, Sadako:

Sadako color

Ranking result

Q: Which foreign horror films did you find traumatic? (Sample size=1,096)

Rank   Score
1 Friday the 13th 100
2 The Exorcist 71.9
3= Saw 46.9
3= The Omen 46.9
5 Resident Evil 41.1
6 Child’s Play 35.9
7 Silence of the Lambs 33.3
8= Alien 26.6
8= Evil Dead 26.6
10 Dawn of the Dead 22.9
11 Nightmare on Elm Street 22.4
12 Poltergeist 20.8
13 Misery 13.5
14 Carrie 13.5
15= The Shining 12.5
15= The Return of the Living Dead 12.5
17 Sixth Sense 11.5
18 Suspiria 9.9
19= Psycho 9.4
19= Paranormal Activity 9.4
21= Scream 8.3
21= Flesh for Frankenstein 8.3
23= Silent Hill 7.8
23= The Thing 7.8
25= The Exorcism of Emily Rose 7.3
25= Rosemary’s Baby 7.3
27 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 6.2
28 Orphan 5.7
29 The Blair Witch Project 5.2
30 Hell Raiser 4.7
31= The Experiment 4.2
31= Parasite 4.2
34= Eraserhead 3.6
34= Sleepy Hollow 3.6
34= Paranormal Activity 2 3.6
34= Final Destination 3.6
38= Paranormal Activity 3 3.1
38= I Know What You Did Last Summer 3.1
38= Halloween 3.1
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