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Ju-on: The Curse (Curse Grudge) Reviews

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November 14, 2017
It's a really weird film to go into, that's heavily rooted in Shinto lore, which reading a lot of Pro-Critics review aren't familiar with and as such don't understand the movie.

A lot of the Japanese horror movies I've seen are like Ju-On The Curse Part 1, where it's not horror by western standards, and is more of a drama. The movie slowly reveals itself throughout each tenants' story, and it does so since each tenant discovers a different piece of the origin of the ghost and why she's haunting the place.

This is a super, almost cliched, common premise in Japanese horror. Revenge ghosts. Another one is Regret ghosts. I'm not an expert on this part of Japanese culture, but I think they're similar but not the same. Regret ghost usually dies in the middle of doing something and haunts the place trying to complete its task before being able to move on. Revenge ghost is there to get the vengeance it believes is owed to it, or closure. Whether its letting its story be told. Which is what's happening in this movie, so it's more of a sad movie than a scary movie. You're supposed to sympathise with the ghost. Yes, it's very weird, but Ringu is a lot like it too.

So to explain why men get paralyzed in her presence, that's just part of that demonology, that you the JAPANESE audience are supposed to walk into the theatre knowing about. Like how duck turtles with a monk style balding pattern love to lure little children by the edges of bodies of water and then drown them. So to a western audience it doesn't make sense, but to a Japanese audience it does, whether or not you still find it scary is up to you.

I liked this movie, it has 1 great jump scare and that's really it. Oh and revenge ghosts kill humans one to act as either a toll to allow them to move on and have the person they killed take their spot, or two get fed up with the humans after realising they won't help them. This hair demon has a name to it, they all do, and the hair demon has more power of men than women, that's part of the lore you're supposed to come into the movie already knowing. That's the problem with a lot of these supernatural Japanese and Oriental films, they're made specifically for their audience and assume their audience are coming into it with a general understanding of the mechanics. I thought the story was nice, and it was a good movie, again, horror isn't the right genre for it. Maybe drama would be better.
½ June 19, 2017
Lack of sense, a story that it came to nothing, It is a lousy attempt to give meaning to this. It is a terrible attempt to create horror that only causes boredom and at the same time, laughter. Totally absurd and incoherent. In addition, it is highly overrated and many defend it by saying that one needs to be patient and that terror does not come in jumpscares or in modern films. It is like saying that in comedy doesn't necessarily have to cause laughter to be comedy, or that in drama doesn't need to impact or be serious to be drama. Takashi Shimizu fails in this one, and in the American version.
January 9, 2017
Most of the reviewers here don't seem to realize that this movie came before the Japanese film version (which is much less cohesive, plot wise FYI) Originally released on Japanese television, this film comprises of a series of vignettes (just like Tarantino films) told from the perspective of the character listed on the opening screen. The ultimate purpose of this is the slow unfolding of a story of a terrifying tragedy. What we see from each vignette is how much each character understands about this tragedy and the repercussions it brings to bear upon their own lives. Done this way, we are permitted to experience the events firsthand. Thus, there are no "safe spaces" from the growing sense of unease that builds throughout the film. Instead, we are made active participants in each event. The low-key acting and "everyman" quality of each character is intentional and makes them easier to identify with. Unlike many American horror films, this one places us directly in the shoes of each character experiencing the events firsthand. It does not rely on either jump scares or cheap tricks. For some audiences, this lack is so unfamiliar that they find the entirety confusing. This is a bit like one who has become accustomed to eating McDonalds burgers suddenly being given an actual steak. That said, the horror presented by this film is more of a creeping, slowly building sense of dread that eventually culminates in a terrifying scene (copied countless times by the American remakes to rather flat effect). What this film requires of its audience is patience and discerning. Those looking for yet another "splatter film" or "jump scare fest" with a plot ridden with clichés and a comforting ending (the exorcist/psychic/priest shows up and all is well again) will be disappointed. This film does not patronize or comfort. It displays the true nature of horror: a terrible, unrelenting feeling of disquiet. A sense that something unimaginable has happened and now, things can never be made "right" again - thus the "curse". This is how hauntings are supposed to work. In the end, it's not simply about the "ghost" or even the house in which the aforementioned resides. It's about the horror of an event that can never be fully erased. Its also about being made forcibly aware of how easily such an event could have happened to us. Helplessness and tragedy are the underlying emotions lurking just beneath the shattering horror we feel at seeing what has happened. They are drawn out so as to linger long after the credits have disappeared. In seeing what has happened, we too, in the end, are "cursed".
October 28, 2016
31 Days of Horror 2016 #14
½ September 20, 2016
If you ask me what's the creepiest j-horror of the 21st century, I would probably answer this.
½ January 20, 2016
there is a lot missing here but die hards will find some entertainment. not many scares though.
½ December 10, 2015
I haven't legitimately been scared by a movie in a really long time, I'm talking since I was a little kid who was terrified of the Chuckie doll from the idiotic Childs Play movies. This movie honestly had me pausing occasionally to listen closer to minor noises I heard throughout my house. Maybe I made the mistake that I watched it home alone on Halloween with all the lights out, I am not really sure. Does the entire movie make sense and all come together brilliantly ? I have no idea. I do know however that the director did a great job in creating a sense of mounting doom and fear that kept me immersed in what I was watching on the screen. Whether that doom ever came to fruition is up for you to decide. I don't know if this movie was about the actual "scares" It is not going to have you jumping out of your seat screaming, but it will certainly have you looking around the room making sure nothing is hiding behind the table that you cant see behind all too well. Shimizu does an incredible job of creating the atmosphere for this movie. No music, barely any dialogue at all, but more of a quiet waiting for something bad to happen.
½ July 6, 2015
Filmed like a bad soap opera with bad actors, it is a surprise when the film actually delivers on the scare front. It's a very short film and for the most part, quite boring, but does have some very effective moment. It is essential to watch this before going on to the more famous The Grudge.
½ June 29, 2015
There are flaws but the creep factor is off the charts in this good horror ghost tale.
Super Reviewer
½ May 1, 2015
Japanese horror... Can make no sense, but I do love it! Some of this is genuinely creepy and horrible.
I do have to laugh at the men being "paralysed" when that thing comes crawling out. I would have been on my feet and out of there in record time.
December 22, 2014
one of the scariest movies i've ever seen. dumb american blood and gore horror just can't keep up with the scariness of profound metaphysic ghost horror. i can still hear the guttural sounds in my weak moments, keeping me away from sane sleep.
½ September 24, 2014
It may suffer from it's direct to video look and acting but despite those flaws the original Ju-On is a creepy low budget ghost story that is great inspiration for budding horror filmmakers. You don't need millions to make something effectively eerie.
September 17, 2014
Is this even the one people think it is? This one is incredible, and having seen the American remake first, I'm almost ashamed that one exists, seeing as this one is far superior in every way. The scares, the acting and the locations are just more genuine and better done in this. Everything in the Sarah Michelle Gellar version felt too scripted and "horror movie"y instead of actually playing for believability and real scares.
My only gripe with this one is the way the stories are arranged. I stops and starts too often, and each story is separated by a black screen with a story title preluding each. It became repetitive and takes you out of the movie.
The scares themselves are awesome, love the way Shimizu sets up every scene with great care to the apprehension of whats to come. It was refreshing not to see stupid annoying jump scares every scene which we're so used to nowadays. I would watch this one over the American grudge any day.
December 28, 2013
my I please watch this
October 23, 2013
Great scares creeper
October 9, 2013
Os breves momentos legais de suspense não conseguem compensar o todo monótono que é o filme, com seu roteiro furado e a total falta de personagens interessantes.
August 20, 2013
I love Horror movie. I love japan pop culture. So I love Ju-on. This film is creepy and reflects dark side of the human being's sin. The scene of the killed wife filled with blood who's crawling from the upstairs to downstairs still stuck in my memory / my brain. However, the paled-face with round black eyes boy, named Toshio Saeki (?? ??) is my favorite character here. Frightened every time Toshio appears on the film!
July 26, 2013
The legendary The Grudge franchise originally titled Ju-On was born here back in 2000 starting with the film, Ju-On: The Curse. They say that if you die of rage, then a curse is born and that is what this movie is about. The ghost from these movies basically follows these victims around until they are mentally tortured and scarred to death. But where did the ghost come from? Well it turns out that this man brutally kills her wife and young son because he was jealous of his wife's love for another man who was actually a teacher from her high school. Searching for the son who has missed a lot of school, the teacher enters their house, only to find the dead ghost of his mother, and consequently has a heart attack and becomes a ghost himself. This movie is very good and you definitely check it out if you have the chance to and all its sequels. This movie is creepy, has gruesome build-up, has several WTF scares and you'll be turning away from your screen a lot, I fucking guarantee that! Now I understand why people think Far East horror is scarier than American horror. Ju-on: The Curse gets a 8/10.
½ March 7, 2013
Its not well made, and its slow, and blah blah but the horror scenes are still good.
½ July 30, 2012
This is a genuinely creepy Japanese ghost story told through short, but haunting vignettes.
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