Ju-on: The Grudge

Ju-on: The Grudge (2003)

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According to the introductory note, "Ju-On" is a curse left behind by someone who dies in a powerful rage - a part haunting, part supernatural virus that infects anyone who comes into contact with it. More than just the premise, that's the plot in a nutshell.

Volunteer social worker Rika stumbles across the curse when she finds an almost catatonic old woman in a shambles of a home, a spooky little boy read morewith a froggy voice and a veritable black hole of a phantom that seems to be sucking the life from the old lady. The story then jumps back and forth along the timeline in a series of chapters named for the characters haunted and hunted by the unsettled souls.

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Elena
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Aug 14, 2015
  • Overall 5.0
  • Story 6.5
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.5
I watched this movie as a horror fan, and I'm disappointed. The movie itself isn't bad, but it's quite confusing. The story isn't clear, and there's a lot of mysterious deaths(i guess?) bc i'm not even sure if they're dead, ghosts, curses or something else. Music is actually nice, it has some creepy note to it and acting is also fine.
You can watch it, you won't be bored, but you probably read more won't be scared too.
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Anna0_0
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Jul 30, 2016
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
When I was younger I saw the American version of the Grudge first and I found it terrifying and was worried when others said the original was a letdown. That being said, I was NOT disappointed at all with the Japanese original. Of course, the story is not the most original with haunted houses and vengeful spirits, but I found this film to be pretty good. On this site Ju-On: The Grudge read more is listed as a remake, but it's more like a continuation of the first two films - just with some new cast members (so don't worry if you have not seen Ju-On: The Curse 1&2). The original family that began the curse are all played by the original actors (except for the little boy Toshio, I think) however the film chronicles the affects of the curse on new multiple people. Just like with the other films, there are short mini-stories within the movie and just like the other films the sequence of the stories are out of order. It may sound confusing, but I thought it worked really well; there are demonstrations of time overlaps between stories, and the connections between people and places are made BUT YOU HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION. If you are a fan of strict, cohesive stories that focus on a limited amount of characters - like the American counterpart - this may not be as enjoyable. The cast all do a very nice job in their roles, though no one was an extraordinary superstar per se. No one was awkward, and those that were meant to be scary utilized their actions, expressions and even camera angles really well. The dialogue was as expected for a horror film, comfortable at times and suspenseful at others. I found the music and sound effects were much better than the first two films created earlier; the use of sound was much more thought out as well. Music for scenes was utilized to build suspense much more, varying from subtle to obvious; groans, creaks, and cries were placed in the right moments - no overuse whatsoever. As for rewatching? I prefer this version over the American version and I would watch it again. I found myself (in hindsight) disappointed with the American version actually, it seems far too similar. Overall, I think this was a very good film that everyone, especially horror movie fans, should watch at least once. This film was released in theaters and seemed to have a bigger budget, something that didn't happen with the earlier versions. That all made it better. I also was a very big fan of the blend of blatant jumpscares and more complex, longer buildups that could only be caught in the corner of your eye.
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    moonmystery Apr 1, 2015

    I remember watching this when I was 5 years old---and was scared SH**LESS. Holy crap those were the dark days. I had nightmares of waking up to the cover kid's face...

    Now that I'm older, this still haunts me simply as natural reflex... but, this movie is actually not that well directed. I like the premise, but it wasn't as great as I had hoped it would be.

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    John Jan 23, 2015

    One of my favorite horror movies.

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    HeyitsEst Jul 2, 2013

    Just watched it. Surprisingly it was on tv, and I figured why not. I think the fact that this movie is about 10 years old had an effect on the rating I gave it (ehhemm a 6). I found myself laughing throughout majority of the movie due to some of the effects/makeup and acting..wasn't scared at all. Also..perhaps I just suck at following along, but I was definitely confused by the progression of the plot. The review above basically says it all.

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    Grapejuice Sep 30, 2012

    Just looking at the picture at night creeps me out.

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    horrayforpixies Sep 13, 2012

    Japanese horror at it's best.

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    Xingyun May 9, 2012

    I love this movie. the kid it the creepiest in my opinion >_<

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  • Country:

    Japan
  • Type:

    Movie
  • Release Date:

    Jan 25, 2003
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 32 min.

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