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A Haunting Tour of the Village That Inspired ‘Siren’

Serious props are owed to the camera crew who risked their lives to bring us this stunning footage taken from the abandoned village of Shiraiwa, because in doing so, they came uncomfortably close to recreating the plot of Siren: Blood Curse. For the unfamiliar, Shiraiwa is an actual ghost town you can find near Chichibu, just north of Tokyo, where I assume it will remain right up until the skies start raining blood and it vanishes from existence.

The reason this town is so special is it served as the real-life inspiration for Hanuda, the Shibito-infested village from the Siren series. Just a heads up, this video will make you want to play Siren.

[Thanks, Japanistas]




  • Nguyen Le

    Back in 2006, Ghost House Pictures bought the rights to adapt the game which has me excited to no end. However, with the studio underperforming since its conception, I think the project will go the way of P.T. Admittedly, I haven’t had the guts to play Siren, but the atmosphere, music and creepy scenes are downright spectacular and deserve big-screen treatment.

    • TH3J4CK4L

      They already made a Siren film anyway using the title of Forbidden Siren for the japanese market if I remember.

      • Nguyen Le

        Yep, they did and I watched it. Pretty underwhelming.

  • MaryMaria

    I love it! And great footage, too. I tried to find a little more information on Shiraiwa Village, but there wasn’t a whole hell of a lot out there. Some other photos and short writeups, but no history, unfortunately- at least that I could find. Seems it was a charcoal-mining village until 1984.

  • P.K.

    well after reading this post i know this movie is going to be a little exaggerated but awesome anyways .. so i guess i will give it a try

  • Brodequin

    Siren is my personal best horror game series ever! I want it baaaaaaaaaaaaack!!!

  • LoveAnimation

    So is the Siren series dead and gone forever or are we ever going to get a new game in the series?
    The Siren games are some of the best and scariest horror games i have ever played and the series deserves way more attention.
    I rarely see anybody mention these awesome games when people talk about horror games.

    • Brodequin

      I’m dreaming of new Siren game, man!!!

    • TH3J4CK4L

      I can only hope they do,but from what I can make out they’ve been working onsome small scale games.

  • Halloween_Vic

    During the day it looks creepy and beautiful at the same time, I’m sure at night it’s a different story tho…… I remember playing the first Siren game for the PS2 and it freaked me out. This place would be a great place to film a terrifying horror film!

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