Instead of the traditional version where a ship is found with its crew mysteriously missing (and may or may not make its finders disappear as well, thanks to the vengeful sea ghosts haunting it), the country has opted for a real-life version where mysterious boats full of decomposing and mutilated corpses keep washing up on the country's shores. That's insane. Even the most visceral of ghost ship-themed horror movies tend to start with an empty ship, singular. Here, we have a whole bunch, turning up with some alarming regularity, and complete with a ton of well-worn corpses to bring some extra gore to the tale. Is ... is this going to be a zombie situation somewhere down the line? Is this how the whole "undead pirate" thing from Pirates Of The Caribbean would really play out?
Kyodo News via Associated Press
Just a fleet of these with a full Evil Dead interior decor coming at you, Japan.
In the interest of accurate reporting, it should be mentioned that one of the boats has been connected to a unit of North Korea's army, along with Kim Jong-un's apparent insistence on fishing as a source of food and foreign income. So the leading boring theory is that these are North Korean ships, risking literal life and limb in order to catch a mackerel or six for the Great Leader.
Wait, hold on. That's ... actually even more terrifying than a dark saltwater god stealing fishermen's faces or whatever. Imagine that your entire lot in life is sailing notoriously stormy and awful seas in a barely equipped vessel, only for your crew to face the unspeakable horrors of the ocean. Maybe things get so bad that you end up with a Donner Party situation. Finally, after the inevitable gory climax, you wash up in a foreign land, where your badly decomposed mortal remains are collected and cremated by stoic Japanese coast guards who have at this point seen way too much of this s**t to give a damn.