15 Japanese Horror Movies on Tubi in April 2024

Celebrate Japanese horror throughout the month of April on Tubi!

Vampire Clay (2017) contains great practical effects.

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Cherry blossom season in Japan is a time to admire the beauty of nature. It is also a time to contemplate the fleeting nature of life. Sakura trees only bloom for a few short weeks out of the year, so their delicate flowers have come to be associated with both life and death. Cherry blossom season in Japan begins in late March, but it is at its peak throughout the month of April. While hanami (flower viewing) is popular throughout Japan, you can celebrate the fragility life wherever you are with a marathon of Japanese horror movies streaming on Tubi in April!

Japanese Horror Movies Streaming on Tubi in April 2024

1. 2LDK (2003)

Maho Nonami and Eiko Koike in 2LDK (2003).
2LDK was reportedly part of a “Duel Project” in which directors Yukihiko Tsutsumi (2LDK) and Ryuhei Kitamura (Aragami) were challenged to make a single-location movie about a duel with filming completed in one week. (pictured: Maho Nonami and Eiko Koike)

Why Watch It? 2LDK is amazingly fun to watch as the wild violence between two roommates spins further and further out of control while heading towards its inevitably bloody finale.

Official Description: One fateful night, any and all pretense drops between a pair of roommates and actresses gunning for the same role as they enter a duel to the death.

2. Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad (2008)

Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad (2008)
A sequel, Chanbara Beauty the Movie: Vortex, was released in 2009, but it is unfortunately not available on Tubi. Some listings for Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad, including Tubi, mistakenly use the sequel’s artwork when referring to the original.

Why Watch It? Whether you’re a fan of the Onechanbara video games (which this movie is based on), or you’re just a fan of ridiculous movies with zombies, sword fighting, and bikinis, this movie is for you.

Official Description: A bikini-clad beauty slices her way through legions of the undead after a sloppy scientist accidentally ushers in a zombie apocalypse.

3. Evil Dead Trap 2: Hideki (1992)

Evil Dead Trap 2: Hideki (1992)
Although its title suggests that it is a sequel, Evil Dead Trap 2: Hideki is a standalone movie.

Why Watch It? Descriptions don’t really do justice to how strange (and bloody) Evil Dead Trap 2: Hideki becomes by the end. The ending alone makes it worth watching.

Official Description: Haunted by the image of a small boy, a female projectionist in Japan comes to a shocking realization as a serial killer prowls the city.

4. The H-Man (1958)

The H-Man (1958)
The version of The H-Man available on Tubi is the English-language dub which is cut down from the original Japanese version (by about 8 minutes). It’s still really good though, and it’s free.

Why Watch It? The H-Man is classic 1950’s sci-fi horror with a gross and goopy monster. Also, it’s directed by legendary monster-movie filmmaker Ishiro Honda.

Official Description: The famed studio Toho, of the “Godzilla” films, made this 1958 sci-fi horror film about a killer monster created by hydrogen bomb testing.

5. The Vampire Doll (1970)

The Vampire Doll (1970)
The Vampire Doll is the first part of a thematic trilogy that also includes Lake of Dracula (1971) and Evil of Dracula (1974).

Why Watch It? The Vampire Doll is a Japanese spin on the style of horror/monster movies produced by the London-based Hammer studios beginning in the 1950s.

Official Description: After returning from the U.S., a man visits his fiancee at her remote country home and is never heard from again. His sister sets out to find him.

6. Pulse (2001)

Pulse (2001)
Kiyoshi Kurosawa, the writer and director of Pulse, was part of a new wave of independent filmmakers that helped revitalize Japanese cinema in the 1990s.

Why Watch It? Pulse is a classic of the J-horror era of the late 90s and early 2000s. In contrast to many of its contemporaries, Pulse takes a more esoteric approach to its themes and scares which results in a chillingly creepy experience.

Official Description: Japanese teens investigate a series of suicides linked to a sinister website promising visitors the opportunity to reach the dead.

7. The Scissors Massacre (2008)

The Scissors Massacre (2008)
The Scissors Massacre is inspired by the Japanese folk-legend turned urban-legend of the Kuchisake-onna (the slit-mouthed woman).

Why Watch It? Though the title makes it sound like a slasher movie, The Scissors Massacre is more of a dark psychological thriller that moves more into horror as it goes along. It’s also really good.

Official Description: After being mutilated by her boyfriend, a teen sinks deep into depression. Meanwhile, chilling news sends shock waves through her small town.

8. Black Rat (2010)

Black Rat (2010)
The director of Black Rat, Kenta Fukasaku, also directed Battle Royale II (2003), Yo-Yo Girl Cop (2006), and X-Cross (2007).

Why Watch It? Black Rat is a fun teen slasher movie for fans of melodramatic high-school horror.

Official Description: Six classmates receive an e-mail from a student who’d committed suicide telling them to return to their classroom in the middle of the night. There, they meet a killer wearing a bloody rat mask who seeks revenge. Why couldn’t it have gone to spam?

9. Vampire Clay (2018)

A woman's hand goes floppy in Vampire Clay (2017).
The director of Vampire Clay, Soichi Umezawa, comes from a background in special effects makeup.

Why Watch It? The effects are quite good in Vampire Clay, and there’s a Body Snatchers element to the way the vampiric clay goes about consuming living beings.

Official Description: Absurdity and gore ensue as a demonically possessed pile of clay terrorizes students at a rural art school in Japan after an earthquake.

10. Brutal (2017)

Brutal (2017)
Brutal has a fake film effect added to it complete with scratches and flickers which can get fairly annoying, but the movie is good if you can look past that.

Why Watch It? Brutal falls into the more extreme categories of Japanese horror. It’s extremely violent and gory right from the start.

Official Description: A killer in Japan searches for meaning in life, until he meets his match in a murderess. This dark and twisted tale examines the cost of love.

11. Ring (aka Ringu, 1998)

Sadako in Ring (1998)
Ring is inspired the 1991 novel of the same name by Koji Suzuki.

Why Watch It? Ring is an iconic part of horror cinema history, so if you haven’t seen it yet, there’s no better time than now.

Official Description: A determined aunt investigates how her niece died in such a sudden and unexplainable way. She uncovers a videotape with devastating consequences.

12. Dark Water (2002)

Dark Water (2002)
Like Ring (1998), Dark Water is based on the writing of Koji Suzuki. This time, it’s a short story titled “Floating Water,” released in 1996 in a collection of short stories collectively titled From the Depths of Dark Waters.

Why Watch It? Dark Water is from director Hideo Nakata who also directed Ring (1998). Dark Water might not be as popular as Ring, but it’s equally as good.

Official Description: While dealing with a bitter divorce and custody battle, a young mother moves her daughter into an eerie apartment with a mysterious water problem.

13. Dead Sushi (2012)

Dead Sushi (2012)
Yes, this is an image of flying sushi with a flame thrower.

Why Watch It? Dead Sushi is very dumb and very bloody, which is the whole point.

Official Description: After a bad turn of luck, a researcher injects his former employers’ lunches with a potion that turns their sushi into flesh-eating monsters.

14. Meatball Machine (2005)

Meatball Machine (2005)
The sequel to Meatball Machine, titled Meatball Machine Kodoku (2017), is also streaming on Tubi.

Why Watch It? Gore, body horror, aliens, fighting, and utter ridiculousness are just a few of the many reasons to watch Meatball Machine.

Official Description: When alien parasites take control of human beings and change them into repulsive monsters, a dizzying, full-splatter, cyberpunk battle begins.

15. Audition (1999)

Eihi Shiina in Audition (1999).
Audition is one of the many amazing movies from prolific Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike. (pictured: Eihi Shiina)

Why Watch It? Audition is a must-see movie for all fans of horror and thriller movies. The finale is the stuff of legend.

Official Description: In his search for a new wife, a widowed TV producer stages a dating service to screen women and finds one who isn’t quite as perfect as her audition.

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Chris has a degree in film studies at Temple University’s campus in Tokyo, Japan. He is a renowned expert on horror cinema.