Top 5 Heart-stopping HORROR ANIMES that will make you sleep with the light on.

So October is here, the month of spooky goings on; with scary skeletons, pumpkin carvings, haunted homes, and of course all the sugar you can imagine, perfect heaven for those of you with a sweet tooth out there. Yes we are talking about Halloween!

It's got to be said Hallowe'en is an impressive event. It gets everyone in the mood for candy, scares, horror, fright and the bloody and grotesque.

For all you anime fans, there are many choices that match this genre, from tales regarding ghosts, haunted house episodes, to chilling shows which will fright anyone who dares to watch.

Below are five, specially selected animes of the simplest horror criteria, which will get anyone in the Halloween mood, particularly for fans of horror movies and eerie settings.

A word of warning: Most, if not all, of these titles are not recommended for younger viewers and can contain some very disturbing scenes! You have been warned.

1.Higurashi: When They Cry

So picture a perfect summer day shared with friends, the fun activities after school and the sun beating down as everyone all laughs and jokes about together. Everything is perfect in the rural town Hinamizawa.

UNTIL, strange unexplained events start occurring around the town. Murders take place and the lives of this group of friends are twisted into dark unimaginable realities. 

Higurashi at first appears to be your typical slice of life/school life anime, which happily hacks into that belief at every turn. The cheerful and fun characters soon become twisted and psychotic before beginning to murder one another in brutal ways.

Why does this happen?

It’s up for the watcher to decide by piecing together the various incidences and occuremces that often end in an untimely end.

At first, Higurashi is confusing and chaotic, but it’s utterly worth it to keep watching and slowly unravel the mysteries of the rural village and uncover the truth. 

It’s the perfect horror anime for fans of the genre, but it’s definitely not for the faint of heart, this is definitely a cushion anime or watching through the cracks in your fingers. It is very violent and has some very disturbing scenes of torture, bodily harm, and murder. Don't say we didn't warn you!


Another, also jokingly known as Final Destination: The Anime, is a more recent series that appeals to the classic horror anime fans. It takes place in a city that contains many secrets and focuses on the protagonist who just transferred to the local high school.

The protagonist is drawn to Mei, an eye patch wearing character and through his bond with her, he tries to solve the mystery of why class 3-3 is undergoing such horrible incidents, which leads to the random deaths of the classmates. Much like the Final Destination movies, students are fated to die, especially by freak accidents and random occurrences.

One by one, students are picked off and it’s up to the duo to figure out why.

Another, although not the best anime around, is very eerie and unnerving, making it the perfect guilty pleasure of the month. Like the other series above, Another is very violent and is not recommended for everyone.


Parasites, as many know, are often organisms that take over a particular host. In Shinichi Izumi’s world, Parasytes from an alien planet prey humans, aiming for their brains to control them.

This eventually results in the infected humans viciously murdering anyone who stands in their way, often feasting upon their flesh. Gross right?

On paper, Parasyte sounds like a horrible B-list horror movie, but that certainly isn’t the case. 

What makes this anime noteworthy is the great cast of characters, who go through extensive character development, especially the main character, Shinichi, a once quiet boy who must deal with a Parasyte named Migi who took over his hand. In many ways, Shinichi is on his own, and must fight in order to save lives.

Slowly, Shinichi becomes detached from his human self, exploring what it really means to have feelings and be a human being. This anime is filled with moments that will cause viewers to laugh, cry, and be at the edges of their seats until the very end. Parasyte is based on the manga of the same name that was originally published in the 1990’s and has aged incredibly well.



In Boogiepop Phantom, rumour has it that there is a reaper, called the Boogiepop, who roams the streets and abducts girls before they turn “ugly.” 

One day, a shining pillar of light appears a few years after a mysterious string of killings. Its then that students begin to vanish and it’s up to students work out what is happening with the clock against them.

The anime is presented in segments and from different perspectives, which is definitely an unconventional way of storytelling.

Combining an interesting art style and psychological horror, Boogiepop is an underrated anime waiting to be watched by you.


A few years ago, vampire stories were all the rage. From romance stories to horror stories, vampires plagued young adult literature and the media. However, like most phases, just because a topic is popular doesn’t mean most of the content is good. Shiki, however, really proves this notion wrong, standing out as a great horror anime.

The story takes place in a particularly hot summer in the 1990s, in a small quiet Japanese village called Sotoba. A series of mysterious deaths begin to spread in the village, at the same time as when a strange family moves into the long-abandoned Kanemasa mansion.

Doctor Toshio Ozaki, director of Sotoba's only hospital, initially suspects a disease epidemic, however, as investigations continue and the deaths begin to pile up, he learns—and then becomes convinced—that they are the work of the "Shiki", black and red eyed vampire-like creatures, plaguing the village.

A young man named Natsuno Yuuki, who hates living in the village, begins to be pursued and becomes surrounded by death.

The lines between good and evil are challenged in this anime and this series utterly stands out from the typical vampire storyline. It's worth a shot. 

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