"Ju-On: The Curse" is comprised of six vignettes. Each one centers around a different character, but the timeline between episodes is not always chronological. There is always some kind of connection between them, however, and this makes the film work on a deeper level. It's not quite as common-sense as "Momento," but that only adds to the replay value.
The first episode, "Toshio," will be recognizable to those who have seen "TheGrudge." It tells the story of a teacher who visits the home of a little boy who has been absent from school. While there, he discovers that the house may be haunted. While the American remake has very little interaction between this teacher and other characters, "The Curse,"in one of the most difficult scenes to watch, displays a disturbing connection between him and another, surprising, person.
Other vignettes revolve around the house and those who live or visit there. Some are similar to scenes in the remake while others, such as a scene revolving around a character who is terrified of cats, will seem unusual to some Westerners unfamiliar with Japanese superstitions (And speaking of our feline-fearing friend, if you thought the first couple of minutes in the attic during "The Grudge" were scary, wait until you see this expanded version of the intro scene. It's worse. Much worse.).
The main difference between this film and "The Grudge" is one of quality: "Ju-On: The Curse" was shot directly on video. It is filmed as if it were a theatrical release (meaning there's no jumpy "Blair Witch" action here), but the stark quality of the images makes it more visceral and accessible than any other of the other films in the series. The sharp camera work adds a voyeuristic quality that only adds to the creepiness of the film. -- asianmediawiki
- Native title: 呪怨
- Also Known as: Ju On; The Grudge; The Curse;
- Genres: Horror
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as for the Re-Watch Value, Well to be quite honest this movie scared me half to death so I doubt I will be rewatching it to soon. As for the score I set, I added it from another persons view on it.
Its a good story, The Curse (also known as The Grudge) Takes place in different kind of scenarios. One of these, In the house where Toshio lives. A Teacher goes for a home visit to a student in his class, only to find that his mother isn't really present. The two of them decides to sit and wait for her to arrive. As the waiting happens weirds things start to happen as the Teacher is faced with his worst Nightmare. The Movie will come with unexpected Scares, Tears and a Horror not many other movies or shows have ever managed to reach up to..
If you'd like to watch the Curse, Watch it with a pillow..
The Actors were really good, In overall there was no cheezy characters.
The Music wasn't really all that, But by taking it into concideration The Curse is a Low Budget Movie, So as for this, It was pretty good..
The Movie isn't filmed like most films are. At first you won't even be able to recognize it as a real movie, But as it goes on the filming gets more intense as it gets filmed like a documentary would.
So Overall I would say, This is a really good movie. Not for the Faint Hearted though. Open a road towards your worst nightmares in The Curse, Who knows what you'll experience.
STORY: Honestly, this is in a way just another ghost film. So the story is not 100% new, there are other movies about ghosts and possessed or haunted homes. BUT this movie does unique things with the story, focusing on the connections between people and places, rather than focusing on a singular person or place in a static manner. Everything ties together and has reasoning, making it not only horror and suspense but a little bit of a mystery as well. There are six stories within this first installment and each are equally entertaining. the suspense is there though it is more subtle than it's later English language counterpart. The film was made in the early 2000's and shows its older age with overall video quality, certain camera angles, and clothing but those things do not distract from the movie.
ACTING: The acting is not superb, I do not remember anyone as a stand out award winning actor. However, no one was bad. The dialogue shows some dating at times, but that is just because of the age of the film. Some characters are immediately recognizable and others are less memorable. Everyone seemed to suit their roles just fine, and I did not grow tired of anyone or hate any of the performances.
MUSIC: There was not much music in this film to begin with. What little music that exists in the film is well placed and does not distract from or dilute any of the performances or scenes. The sound effects were not as well pronounced and obvious as with the newer versions (this could be because of the older quality or the understated qualities that build suspense, I personally think both cases are true). The sound effects are well placed and really were one of the creepiest aspects of the film.
REWATCH VALUE: This film is not that long, approximately one and a half hours. With the six "mini-stories" time quickly passes. The film was enjoyable and creepy as well. These could make it a very rewatchable movie or a movie one only watches very so often - it depends on personal taste. Some may be bored, others may be too scared, others may love it. I honestly would watch it again. Actually, I hope I can find a better quality on dvd to own!