GHOST CAT OF OTAMA POND (1960, Widescreen) Namiji Matsuura, Shôzaburô Date, Noriko Kitazawa, Akira Nakamura. An engaged couple walks home through the woods after missing their bus. They come upon an eerie pond. When they try to leave they seem to go around in circles. A strange black cat then appears and they follow it to the ruins of an eerie mansion. When a horrific ghost appears the girl falls ill. The next morning a minister tells the young man his fiancé is marked with a curse of death. He explains—via flashback—the origin of the curse and the families behind it. What follows is one horrific scene after another, culminating with non-stop moments of terror featuring the scariest ghosts you’ll ever see on screen. English subtitles. Color, anamorphic widescreen, 35mm.
BLACK CAT MANSION (1958, Widescreen) Toshio Hosokawa, Yuriko Ejima, Takashi Wada, Ryuzaburo Nakamura. A couple moves into an aging mansion. The wife is soon haunted by the ghost of a horrible old hag, whose ghostly visits bring her close to death. It’s learned that years before, an evil samurai lived in the mansion. The ghost is a vengeful spirit, seeking to kill all ancestors of those who once lived in the mansion. Part of this film—the modern day setting—is black and white, while the retelling of the samurai’s atrocities is in color. This is a well-made horror film with many frightening scenes. The monster is this film is cool—an aging ghost woman who turns into a cat-like creature. Anamorpic widescreen, 35mm.