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Ju-on: The Grudge(呪怨じゅおん)

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Japan · 2002
Rated R · 1h 32m
Director Takashi Shimizu
Starring Megumi Okina, Misaki Ito, Misa Uehara, Yui Ichikawa
Genre Horror

When Takeo Saeki brutally murders his family after discovering that his wife, Kayako, is in love with another man, he inadvertently creates a curse that consumes anyone who enters their house. The arrival of a social worker years after the murders set off a chain of horrifying events.

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Los Angeles Times by

The film's repetitious, episodic structure seems to unnecessarily alleviate the building tension, making it a far less frightening film than it might have been.


The New York Times by Dave Kehr

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.


Village Voice by Dennis Lim

Ju-on never snaps into focus like a "Go" or a "Pulp Fiction," and what at first registers as sloppy plotting starts to seem positively diabolical.


Film Threat by Eric Campos

Basically, what you have in Ju-On is a collection of effectively scary sights and sounds - sound effects play a huge part in rolling that chill down your spine – and that's about it.


TV Guide Magazine by Maitland McDonagh

Shimizu generates a sense of palpable dread in each segment, expertly manipulating tried-and-true scare tactics supplemented by a truly inspired use of spooky sound effects.

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