People liked watching the horror genre from the time when storytelling started. People love watching horror movies and shows more at the time of Halloween or if in the mood for something freaky.
People do not believe that anime can be horrifying. But, it is not true because anime can capture the frame-by-frame tension and shock you at any time.
A good horror anime gives you a feeling of dread and goosebumps. Here is a list of some most terrifying anime.
1) Corpse Party: Tortured Souls
Expect a lot of blood, spooks, and gore from this anime. The story is around a classic trope. A school(Heavenly Host Elementary) was an accursed and dreadful place. For the same reason, the government demolished it for people’s safety.
However, some unknown builders made a new school there. The school was already ill-fated because of its past. Then, a group of students performed a ritual which turned out to be a big mistake. No more spoilers because some of you might not have seen it yet.
It only has four episodes, but they deliver a large blow of scares, and you will not see them coming. It has themes like
- Violence, and more!
Shiki is not a classic horror staple of vampires. It gives you a fresh breath of new life which you will love. You might not want to get impatient because it is a slow-building mystery. But after it picks up the pace, it rewards you with twisted plots and creepy tension.
People from a rural town were dying of an unknown cause, but that was not the main problem. The real problem was that they were rising from their graves. All this was happening because of a vampire. It will be a perfect anime for you if you love vampire horror. The fusion of the traditional nightwalkers concept with modern sensibilities gives you goosebumps.
The story revolves around a student Kouichi Sakakibara who realizes something strange at his new school. He decided to figure it out on his own. Kouichi was the only student who could see a girl(Mei Misaki). She might be the key to communicating with the supernatural world. Other students are fated to die by random occurrences and freaky accidents.
This anime might be a perfect start if you are just getting into horror anime.
4) Ghost Hunt
A high school student (Mai Taniyama) joins up with a Psychic Research organization because of being involved in an incident with its leader(Kazuya Shibuya). This anime will be a perfect choice if you are looking for a less scary and softer horror anime.
This anime also tackles issues such as different cultures, religions, and paranormal events with tragic origins. The story building might be a little slower than other shows, but it becomes a treat to watch after picking up the pace.
Where to watch these anime for free?
You can watch these anime on paid OTT platforms or free websites. Most of them are available on several platforms like Windows, Android, iPhones, Amazon Fire Sticks, Smart TVs, etc.
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5) Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories
You might not want to miss it if you are a fan of urban legends. It is a series of oral storytelling about historic and terrifying stories of Japan. Every story is around 4-5 minutes long and gives viewing pleasure.
You will find decent ventriloquism performances and some of the most spooky stories of Japan. If you want to know about a quick scary story, you have to watch this series surely.
The animation of this show is not great, but decent storytelling balances the equation.
6) Parasyte: The Maxim
This anime tops the list of people who love watching body horror. It is a story about a bizarre alien race that decides to penetrate humanity. Parasytes(an organism that takes over a host) take over humans to control their brains. Now, infected humans start murdering the ones standing their way.
It might sound like a B-list horror movie, but it is a masterpiece. It has a great cast of characters who go through massive character development.
There are several other terrific anime too which you might like. These are
- Higurashi: When They Cry,
- Boogiepop Phantom,
- Paranoia Agent,
- Black Butler,
- Deadman Wonderland,
- Elfen Lied,
- Higurashi no Naku Koro ni,
- Terra Formars and the list goes on.
There are some other decent horrifying anime too, but these are some of the best to my knowledge. Most of them are available for free on several websites and apps. You can use several platforms to stream them.
If you prefer watching on official platforms, you do not have to use a VPN. But, if you prefer free but unreliable links or apps, you might want to use a VPN for additional security.