Japanese’s most traumatic foreign horror films


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.


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
1Friday the 13th100
2The Exorcist71.9
3=The Omen46.9
5Resident Evil41.1
6Child’s Play35.9
7Silence of the Lambs33.3
8=Evil Dead26.6
10Dawn of the Dead22.9
11Nightmare on Elm Street22.4
15=The Shining12.5
15=The Return of the Living Dead12.5
17Sixth Sense11.5
19=Paranormal Activity9.4
21=Flesh for Frankenstein8.3
23=Silent Hill7.8
23=The Thing7.8
25=The Exorcism of Emily Rose7.3
25=Rosemary’s Baby7.3
27The Texas Chain Saw Massacre6.2
29The Blair Witch Project5.2
30Hell Raiser4.7
31=The Experiment4.2
34=Sleepy Hollow3.6
34=Paranormal Activity 23.6
34=Final Destination3.6
38=Paranormal Activity 33.1
38=I Know What You Did Last Summer3.1
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