Ju-on 2 (Ju-on: The Grudge 2) (2003)
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Critic Reviews for Ju-on 2 (Ju-on: The Grudge 2)
The truly frightening thought is how long this franchise, like the curse itself, can continue to be reborn.
If you are new to horror that places atmosphere and psychological intensity over gore, Ju-On is a good place to start.
It's creepy, all right. It's just that how it goes about creeping you out is sometimes just plain cheesy.
Shimizu is obviously impatient with dull exposition and wants us to get straight to the good scary stuff.
Audience Reviews for Ju-on 2 (Ju-on: The Grudge 2)
Confusingly told and bringing two of (what were) very creepy horror entities out into the light repeatidly, really takes the creepiness out of them. I found their presence in this film almost a little comical.
Now, here's the film that I'm mad at. Came to my profile ratings mysteriously and had to watch it. 'Ju-On: The Grudge 2' is what I've learned the fourth film in the series. Watched the first one, wasn't amazed and skipped right to this one. This film continues the story of the "curse" that was initialized in the original. In this one, a reality TV show host wants to make a feature of the house because he has become interested of the whole thingy. It doesn't come as a surprise that death is waiting for them all... This installment to the series is just as scary as the first one. Like I said, I skipped the middle ones and went directy to see this. Felt uncomfortable but not that much as in the original because the "curse" was familiar to me. Nevertheless, scared the shit out of me at times but I still prefer different horror movies, like 'The Others' or 'White Chicks'...
If you count the first two direct-to-video movies, this would be the 4th movie in the Takashi Shimizu's Japanese Ju-On series. The Ju-on Curse spreads and takes more lives in this followup sequel to the smash success Ju-On. Like Elm Street 5, this has the theme of motherhood, with the Ju-On ghosts attempting to enter the real world through a woman's baby. The plot also concerns a film crew shooting a documentary about the Ju-On curse on location. Let me tell you, everybody on the crew of that thing don't have a chance as the curse finds them and gets them in some weird and scary ways! The ghost boy Toshio is back with his freaky black cat. Kayoko, the long-haired ghost mother makes several freaky appearances. I don't think the evil daddy appears in this one. The stories are once again told episodically in a shuffled order. There's one great story with a Japanese schoolgirl who is stuck in a freaky time/space loop where she's inside and outside the cursed house in rapid succession. I was freaked with the apartment scene when the residents wonder what is causing a banging sound each night at the same time from the neighbour's wall. The ending is shocking, but no great surprise after witnessing all the freaky things which have just occurred. I liked the first theatrical Ju-On movie a bit more, because it had tighter pacing and more centered on the haunted house. The thing I don't understand with these Ju-On movies is why do the ghosts of the mother and boy want to cause harm to innocent people? They were innocent victims once themselves, and should show some understanding. They were killed by surprise, so shouldn't show much rage. They should go after who killed them instead.
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