Japanese horror/supernatural film series starts Tues., July 5, with Mizoguchi’s “Ugetsu” (1953)

Here at Best Video Film & Cultural Center, horror films aren’t just relegated to the cold, dark months of the year—we celebrate them all year round. So why not a horror film series in July, Mother Nature’s hottest offering yet? BVFCC would like to invite you to a Japanese Horror series in the midst of humidity, sweat, and muggy moods.

BVFCC launches a new film screening series, “4 Icons of Japanese Horror: From Mizoguchi to Miike—A Peek Into the Dark,” on Tues., July 5. Beginning with Kenji Mizoguchi’s “Ugetsu” (1953), it proceeds chronologically on Tuesdays through “House” (1977), “Cure” (1997), and “Audition” (1999).

Each screening starts at 7 PM and admission is $7.

With our recent installation of an Asian Horror section, customers will be able to enjoy the dark corners of the film universe. By shining a spotlight on it this month, we’re showcasing some of the best of the best. Because this section is so varied, we decided to pick 4 films from a single country, Japan. Why Japan, one might ask? Japan has arguably the most storied and vast selection of truly masterful exercises in the genre. With these four films, we hope to illustrate the genius and/or madness the genre has to offer.

Our series begins with Kenji Mizoguchi’s “Ugetsu” (1953), a haunting, atmospheric look into the human psyche and our preoccupation with greed. Nobuhiko Obayashi’s “House” (1977), on the other hand, is a certified cult classic—wild and beyond comprehension. It’s an odd and charming take on the haunted house genre made famous by American directors such as Robert Wise and James Whale.

Viewers might find “Cure” (1997) familiar when seen through a procedural lens: a story that follows a detective’s woeful attempt at uncovering the mystifying secret behind a string of grisly murders. Bookending the series is Takashi Miike’s “Audition” (1999). Infamous upon its release, Audition places the viewer in a corporate setting inhabited with corrupt, arguably sexually-repressed film producers. Casting has never been so important… or life threatening.

Be it haunted cats or telepathic serial killers, this series has it all. Please join us every Tuesday night this month for a walk through some seriously scary good films.