It seems a trend that the Japanese often love horror movies with scary characters that make the audience’s hair stand on end. A survey on 1000 Japanese men and women listed their top 10 scary characters in horror films.
Chucky (Child’s Play)
Chucky with the soul of a mass murder, a Good Guy doll as a birthday presents to a kid, comes to life and kills people.
Jigsaw, an unusual murder, kills his victims by creating deadly tests his subjects.
Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street)
Freddy Krueger can attack his victims from within their own dreams. He has a burned, disfigured face, red and dark green striped sweater, brown fedora, and trademark metal-clawed brown leather glove.
Oiwa (Yotsuya Kaidan)
Yotsuya Kaidan is a tale of betrayal, murder and ghostly revenge. Oiwa betrayed and poisoned by her husbands comes back as a ghost to seek vengeance.
Zombies are living dead, and there are hundreds of zombie movies. Two famous Japanese zombie movies are Versus and Wild Zero.
Jason (Friday the 13th)
Jason Voorhees, the famous hockey mask wearing murder with ruth and brutality came back to vengeance his mother’s death.
Tomie, a young girl, possesses the power to make anyone fall in love with her. She drives many men and women into jealous rages which result in brutal acts of violence.
Kayako Saeki has long dark hair, twist movements with crunching neckbones and haunting croaking sounds from her mouth.
Sadako with long dark hair has typical appearance of Japanese ghosts who are bound by a desire for vengeance.
Kuchisake onna (A Slit-Mouthed Woman)
Kuchisake onna mutilated by a jealous husband returned as a malicious spirit bent on committing the same acts.