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  • Summary: Director/screenwriter Shimizu Takashi spins the tale of a family that is brutally killed in their own home, leaving behind an evil spirit burning with hatred. When an unknowing homecare worker enters the house, the spirit is awakened and a terrifying chain of events begins, passing throughDirector/screenwriter Shimizu Takashi spins the tale of a family that is brutally killed in their own home, leaving behind an evil spirit burning with hatred. When an unknowing homecare worker enters the house, the spirit is awakened and a terrifying chain of events begins, passing through all those who set foot within its walls. (Lions Gate Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. 89
    Shimuzu sees darkened staircases and hears the rustle of dead autumn leaves and reacts as if from the devil’s own haiku. And his dread is catching.
  2. For all of its weakness, Ju-On: The Grudge is creepy and unnerving, qualities in short supply in gore-filled American horror films.
  3. Divided into chapters, the film jumps around in time, which means that we get to observe Shimizu's utter failure to develop his characters from endless narrative angles.
  4. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    50
    A haunted-house one-trick pony.
  5. 40
    Because there is a new hero to identify with every 10 minutes, the viewer isn't drawn into a sustained suspense, but is merely subjected to a series of more or less foreseeable shocks.
  6. Bluntly speaking, Ju-On is anything but frightening. Ridiculous. Unbelievable. Unintentionally funny. It might as well be a parody of a horror film.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. JohnE.
    Oct 9, 2006
    10
    Totally unlike any normal horror film, this will stay with you long after you have watched it. Some very creepy images along with creepy Totally unlike any normal horror film, this will stay with you long after you have watched it. Some very creepy images along with creepy minimal music. A must for any genuine horror fan. Expand
  2. AndieV.
    Jul 2, 2007
    10
    this movie scared the shit out of me! for those people who said it was boring: "do you see dead corpses everyday and is use to it or this movie scared the shit out of me! for those people who said it was boring: "do you see dead corpses everyday and is use to it or something?" anyways, i had night mares for 2 weeks after seeing this. Expand
  3. Jan 9, 2015
    9
    Ju on is my favorite horror movie to watch. I have watched both Ju on the Grudge, and The Grudge, and I think Ju on is more frightening, andJu on is my favorite horror movie to watch. I have watched both Ju on the Grudge, and The Grudge, and I think Ju on is more frightening, and more entertaining. Expand
  4. Feb 7, 2012
    8
    To a Japanese audience, Ju-on may very well be regarded as a generic horror film. But, show it to people that are unaccustomed to andTo a Japanese audience, Ju-on may very well be regarded as a generic horror film. But, show it to people that are unaccustomed to and uneducated on the vast cultural differences of its home country, and you will instantly be able to affect them in a way that you couldn't within your own borders. The movie's very 'foreignness' is one of its biggest assets, aiding Westerners in feeling as if they are witnessing horrifying events, rather than being the subject of them. The plot is probably unnecessarily convoluted for what the story is, but all of the cryptic symbolism and subtle spiritual questioning inject the film with a purpose beyond the initial aim of scaring. Sound effects, editing, camera placement and direction are all at a superb level, adding up to something that an English-language remake could never have translated fully. Expand
  5. Feb 13, 2011
    8
    Ju-On, during a first viewing, can seem a bit puzzling as to what is precisely going on. However, persevere with this chilling film. Though IJu-On, during a first viewing, can seem a bit puzzling as to what is precisely going on. However, persevere with this chilling film. Though I personally find Ringu (The Ring) to be an overall better movie, this film keeps the spine-chill factor at a constant high, in comparison to The Ring's ebb and flow. Even some of the scenes which occur in broad daylight (particular the balcony and the new home owner) ooze creepiness. Yes, it's true, the acting can be a bit shoddy, but any lingering doubts on acting methods will soon dissipate when the scares arrive and you can be sure they'll be coming thick and fast. Considering the low-budget nature of the film - for the most part, make-up is about as advanced as it gets - I was amazed at the terrifying nature of the film. This is genuine horror. No sharp gloves or chainsaws here, just a brilliant array of scenes that encourages your mind to interpret, and largely generate, the scares. Expand
  6. Sep 11, 2014
    5
    I had a less than spectacular time watching this movie. My biggest problem with this film was that it was told out of order which was somewhatI had a less than spectacular time watching this movie. My biggest problem with this film was that it was told out of order which was somewhat confusing. "The Grudge" wasn't a terrible film though. It favored dark hallways and creepy noises, something anyone can relate to, rather than excessive blood, but I couldn't find much to be scared of in this film, and I was bored most of the time. The scariest parts were the Hitori and Toyama segments; they're really some of the scariest scenes in horror. Hell, just watch the movie for those two segments. Expand

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