Boo. This Friday, October 30th, I will be taking the AniTAY Movie night bus and turning it right around into weird territory with a special, spoopy Halloween event. We will be watching the live action J-horror films House and Suicide Club! We like to simultaneously watch our own version at home (make sure you have it ready for yourself, we do not stream over Skype), while we comment on the movie together in our community Skype Messenger chat. We are a super friendly bunch and don’t bite, but on Halloween, you never know what AniTAY vampires might come out to play.

If you are a lurker and want to get involved in AniTAY, this is a fun way to interact with regulars, while watching, commenting, and possibly poking fun at the same movie all together! You just have to answer one question:

We will watch House Friday starting at 8pm EST and Suicide Club at 10pm EST.We will be discussing these via Skype chat over here…

And remember we press play (on your own copy at home) at 8 pm EST and 10 pm EST sharp (AKA once that computer clock strikes)! If you need help, Our skype names are Morie B, Gugsy, and krakkenunleashed. Just say you’re from AniTAY and we’ll hook you up.

House (Hausu)

1977’s House is an unforgettable J horror experience. This haunted house tale of the mysterious Oshare (Gorgeous) and her six friends, one HAUSU, a creepy aunt, a sentient piano, and a demonic cat is a cult classic for a reason. It’s campy as hell, and while it’s not good good, the amateur actresses and unique aesthetics make it an honestly delightful watch.


Alcohol recommended.

Suicide Club (Jisatsu Sakuru)

(I’m not a fan of this trailer as I don’t think it really captures the feel of the movie well)


Are you connected to yourself? Suicide Club has held the title of my personal favorite film for about 3 years now. I love it so much I carry a transcript of one scene in my wallet. This 2002 indie horror flick from one of Japan’s smartest and weirdest directors, Sion Sono, is a lot of things: a horror movie (though not a traditional horror), a black comedy, social commentary, and even a musical in a scene or three. It follows people in Tokyo as they deal with a seemingly arbitrary suicide epidemic, sparked by the mass suicide of 54 schoolgirls. It’s sad, it’s funny, it’s strange, and it asks some incredibly poignant questions.

Just as a warning, I do understand the subject matter may be disturbing for some people. It’s very gory, but most of the time it’s in a way that’s so over the top it has a humorous quality to it. There is one scene in particular that is not for the faint of heart, though, so if Perfect Blue ‘bout sent you running, maybe it’s best to quit after House.

Good news - both films are available on Hulu.