Ju-on: The Grudge

Several people are haunted by vengeful ghosts.

 

Japan
2002
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Translated
Character Focus: 
Ghost Film
Animals: 
Cat
Writing: 
Contributors: 
Franchise Sequel
Franchise Remake
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Your blanket won't protect you from this!
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This is a much better film than Ju-On: The Curse 1 & 2 were; so much so that it makes them look like screen tests. Expect some kind of a remake where every aspect is embellished. The movie is broken into anachronic chapters and centers on different people who have fallen prey to the two ghosts this franchise is based on; a mother and her son, powered by anger.
This is easily one of the scariest horror movies out there. It may not have the best or most intuitive narrative structure, but it instigate terror in the bravest viewers. Its monsters are both terrifying and iconic. They are even sympathetic, to a degree. This is not an easy task, considering that director Takashi Shimizu refrains from using jump scares.
Ju-On is a ghost story with its own logic. The antagonists are, as explained during the opening credit, “cursed because dead in the grip of a powerful rage”. This expression takes all its meaning in an important subplot; an investigation that slows the movie down but that unifies all segments. Those who can keep up with the complicated story will, in the end, appreciate its slow burn qualities.
Alternate Titles: 
Ju-on
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