The Grudge (2004)
February 21, 2023 1:51 PM - Subscribe

[TRAILER] An American nurse (Sarah Michell Gellar) living and working in Tokyo is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse, one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim.

Also starring Jason Behr, William Mapother, Clea DuVall, KaDee Strickland, Grace Zabriskie, Bill Pullman, Rosa Blasi, Ted Raimi, Ryo Ishibashi, Yoko Maki, Yuya Ozeki, Takako Fuji, Takashi Matsuyama, Hiroshi Matsunaga, Hajime Okayama, Yoshiyuki Morishita, Kazuyuki Tsumura, Taigi Kobayashi, Junko Koizumi, Nana Koizumi, Yôichi Okamura, Eiji Ôki, Katsuhiro Oyama.

Like the 2002 Japanese original upon which it is based, Ju-on: The Grudge, this is directed by Takashi Shimizu.

Not to be confused with the 2018 re-quel, which had the same title.

40% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Currently streaming in the US on Starz. JustWatch listing.
posted by DirtyOldTown (3 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This actually scared the shit out of me back in the day, and even after going back and seeing the original, I thought he made good use of the extra budget and did some really cinematic stuff here that outdid the original in some areas.

That said, I haven't seen either in 15+ years and am likely to rewatch both with the kiddo soon, so I will report back.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 2:19 PM on February 21 [1 favorite]

As I recall, this film didn't fair well at the box office. I suspect American audiences didn't like the idea of anyone entering the home, even for an altruistic purpose, was doomed. I have to say though that noise is absolutely haunting.

I forgot that Bill Pullman was in this as well as the rest of the cast. I only remembered Gellar and the shower scene which I think made it into the trailer.
posted by miss-lapin at 3:21 PM on February 21

If I recall there is a weird jump scare where the boy's reflection appears in the bus window. Haven't seen the movie in ages, but that stuck with me for scaring the shit out of me for some reason.

The only other thing I remember is the boy crawling around on the ceiling, but I am pretty sure I liked the move.
posted by Literaryhero at 4:18 AM on February 23

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