Get spooked: Junji Ito’s horror house exhibition ready to haunt Kuala Lumpur

LaLaport BBCC in Kuala Lumpur is presenting the 'Junji Ito Horror House' exhibition, which opens on Sept 28. It will run until Nov 30. Photo: Junji Ito

Halloween is arriving early in Kuala Lumpur this year. From the mind of horror manga maestro Junji Ito, 60, comes a spine-tingling exhibition of some of his most bizarre, disturbing and terrifying tales.

LaLaport BBCC in Kuala Lumpur is presenting the Junji Ito Horror House exhibition, which opens on Sept 28.

The exhibition, which will run until Nov 30, will feature two halls where visitors can immerse themselves in scenes from the Netflix series Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales Of The Macabre and Uzumaki: Spiral To Horror, a dark fantasy and horror manga series written and illustrated by Junji in the late 1990s.

Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales Of The Macabre, released by Netflix earlier this year, is an original net animation series produced by Studio Deen and directed by Shinobu Tagashira. It adapts various stories from Junji, including The Hanging Balloons, Soichi, and Tomie.

Uzumaki, which continues to receive critical acclaim, is deemed by many fans as Junji’s signature work. The series, which ran between 1998 and 1999, tells the story of the citizens of Kurouzu-cho, a fictional city which is plagued by a supernatural curse involving spirals.

The Junji Ito Horror House exhibition, which is licensed from Taiwanese anime distributor Muse License, offers visitors a glimpse into Junji’s macabre world from print to screen, with a series of exhibits revealing his original scripts and original drawings for his iconic anime and manga creations.

“Step into the world of his dark imaginings, where horror takes shape in its most raw and authentic form,” outlines the press notes.

The Junji Ito Horror House exhibition series made its debut in Taipei in Taiwan in June this year, and it will also open in Bangkok on Oct 7.

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