10 Horror Video Games Movie Fans Must Play

Southeast Asian horror enjoyed a huge boom in popularity in the United States in the late 1990s and early 2000s when movies like “Ringu” and “Ju-On: The Grudge” were remade for American audiences. In 2003, two of the best horror ghost stories ever made into visual media were released: the Korean horror film “A Tale of Two Sisters” and the Japanese video game “Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly.” The two follow a pair of young sisters as they attempt to unravel the mysteries inside an old haunted house, leading to horrific revelations about their families and personal histories. In “A Tale of Two Sisters”, a teenage girl struggles with shock issues after her mother’s death. She moves into a secluded country estate with her younger sister, father, and stepmother, but soon begins to see the ghost of her dead mother (and worse).

The PlayStation 2 game “Fatal Frame II” follows twin sisters who visit their favorite childhood place to play in an abandoned village before it is washed away by the construction of a new dam. The twins discover spirits throughout the village, including the mysterious Twin Shrine Maiden who was sacrificed in vain many years before. Unlike many horror games, the player has no weapons and cannot really fight ghosts – he can only use the “Camera Obscura”, a special camera, to capture images of the ghosts and possibly contain them. It is often impossible to see the ghosts without the camera, which makes the game even more terrifying. The first “Fatal Frame” had a twisty story that lost many of its players, but the second drew inspiration from the films of the era to create a much more compelling mystery. If you like “The Ring”, “The Grudge”, “A Tale of Two Sisters”, “The Eye” or just about any other Southeast Asian ghost story from the early years, make sure you to check out “Fatal Frame II.”

John C. Dent