Is there actually any good horror anime? Every one of them I come across is ghost girl shit.
pic related, the only anime to genuinely unnerve me
Read Dragon Head, you won't regreat it, faggot.
Not really horror but its still good
It got close but just ended up being overall weird, conclusion was sort of meh.
>The adaption having any hope
It's pretty slim pickings for good horror anime. I guess maybe try Shiki. The first 12 or so episodes have a couple of genuinely unnerving moments. Thing to keep in mind is that the anime takes a pretty radical shift in tone away from horror about halfway through.
Horror is by far the hardest genre to make well. Up to this day I have only ever seen one horror movie that was actually scary (not just jump scares) and deserved it's genre. Still waiting for a horror anime.
Shigurui may be a borderline case, but it evokes a fucking relentless sense of dread from start to finish like few things I've ever seen.
>in a ghost-infested other-worldy school, a la Grave Encounters
That's pretty much the only straight up traditional horror anime I've seen, and the story feels really disjointed like too many scenes from the game are missing.
Shinsekai Yori only has a slight touch of horror later on, of a slightly ghost girl variety, but it's still well-done, and also a good series in general.
Boogiepop Phantom is Lain Lite, basically. Slightly more comprehensible, but just as atmospheric and unnerving. Would also recommend.
Shiki isn't really horror so much as it is gruesome, but it can be unsettling, and again the plot is great.
Those might not be totally up your alley, but at least give Boogiepop a shot. It gets forgotten a lot here.
Horror as a genre can be a really great vehicle for psychology and symbolism or just white-knuckle entertainment, but yeah it is pretty hard for a movie to be "scary" without resorting to shock value or jump scares.