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Ju-on: The Grudge

★★☆☆ – (2002) – A ghost lays waste to anyone who enters the house in which she died. Gets by on a fast pace and a couple of creepy moments, but the overall look is too bright and there are no characters to connect with. Not exactly scary, despite the many attempts.


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My opinion:
The multitudes of smaller “scares” in separate story lines don’t seem to tie everyone to Kayako and Toshio’s curse, but actually render portions of the movie irrelevant. As far as hauntings go, this movie should get points for at least trying to weave a deep, strange, yet still chilling series of events together. Sadly, it doesn’t pull it off very smoothly. Still, the film is one of my foreign favorites due to personal sentiment; Ju-on marked the start of a new generation of mainstream American viewers who realized that there was something besides the slasher style of the 80s and 90s. That was until these films were, in 21st century style, Americanized and PG-13’d to death. But I digress.
Ju-on is less of a comprehensive work as it is a spastic mush of unconventional scenes. It may not be terrifying, but you’ll remember the antagonist’s death-rattles and absurd flexibility, if nothing else.

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