JU-ON: Origins: Season 1 (2020)

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Air date: Jul 3, 2020
Air date: Jul 3, 2020
Air date: Jul 3, 2020
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The legendary horror franchise that is Ju-On is set to once again shake the world as Netflix Japan sets to release its first-ever horror of Netflix Japan Original, "JU-ON: Origins." JU-ON: Origins will focus on the true events of which is the inspiring base of the story. Those are the beginning of the "curse" and give a raw look at the chain of terror that befalls all of those who come into contact with the house.

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Critic Reviews for JU-ON: Origins Season 1

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (2)

It reminded me why this franchise just won't die, while pointing to what it could look like for the next two decades.

Jul 2, 2020 | Full Review…

It's an odd, not completely unengaging show that tries hard to steer the franchise out of a rut by refusing to regurgitate much of the imagery we've come to associate with it but in its place, there's something of an empty space instead.

Jul 1, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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If you love Japanese horror, watch this. It is done wonderfully. If you like slasher or jump scare horror, I would still suggest it, but it might not be up your alley.

Aug 2, 2020 | Full Review…

In this series, the lineage of spirits as depicted in Japanese cinema since the post-war years, the boom decades, and the post-boom bust that bred social problems and domestic melancholy has found its relevance on screen again.

Jul 28, 2020 | Full Review…

A return to a famous house that does not feel important, but somehow it achieves a decent level of dread. [Full review in Spanish].

Jul 22, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Scary Japanese prequel series is is violent and eerie.

Jul 14, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

...you might find yourself annoyed that the story is pretty inscrutable. All this to say I did enjoy JU-ON: Origins...but I wasn't as in love with it as I thought I'd be.

Jul 4, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The stories told in this series will be intriguing to any horror fan.

Jul 3, 2020 | Full Review…

It makes an earnest attempt at expanding the Ju-On mythology without artlessly rehashing its past successes, but it also feels unmemorable as a result, light on scares and mood, and only intermittently attention-grabbing.

Jul 3, 2020 | Rating: 2.5 | Full Review…

The shorter episode length and six episodes ensured that I was never bored and I think that as long as audiences know to put on their J-Horror hats and focus more on the atmosphere than characters, they'll enjoy the ride.

Jul 2, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

JU-ON: Origins is a phenomenal horror series that captures the essence of the Ju-On franchise while maintaining its own unique...

Jul 1, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Ju-On: Origins' inaugural season reinvigorates the franchise in a thrilling, unexpected way and leaves you eagerly anticipating season two.

Jul 1, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for JU-ON: Origins: Season 1

  • 1d ago
    One of the best TV horror series I've seen, it didn't let up, constantly ominous and frightening, full gut wrenching shudders throughout. Didn't deteriate into mediocre drama like so many horror TV series. More please Netflix!!!
  • Jul 23, 2020
    I thoroughly enjoyed the show. I always wanted to know the back story of Kayako. Even though it's loosely based on the series. I watched the original American version when it first came out. Then I went back and watched the Japanese version Ju On, Ju On 2, and Ju On: The Grudge. A lot scarier than it's watered down Americanized versions. This show showed a lot of characters. There were some things that still left me wondering about time lines and what not. But still REALLY good.
  • Jul 20, 2020
    Slow, gritty, and not pulling any punches back. There is just a constant tension that hooks you in again and again until you struggle to tear your eyes away from the screen. This is Japanese horror at its finest for recent times. A definite must see, but not for the faint of heart, as it exposes situations that may be hard for some to witness. While it had me sitting there almost flat out screaming at the screen, and some things were a bit predictable, my blood chilled regardless of the fact. Even if it was easy to read and expect at times, the characters were so well written that seeing certain ones never ceased to elicit emotion from me, be it anger, sympathy, or horror. God I want a second season already...
  • Jul 17, 2020
    [POTENTIAL SPOILERS] The lack of cheap jump scares were supposed to be filled in with more intense slow-burns and thrill, but that was poorly executed. Past the first episode, the series became less scary and moved towards Yasuo's soul-searching/truth-seeking journey of the house. The show was by no means bad, some of the scenes were nicely executed, but in overall, it was hardly memorable. Could Yasuo be the missing child of the Woman in White? I guess we will have to see more in Season 2.
  • Jul 17, 2020
    I don't get the mostly good reviews, this was super boring to watch and it wasn't creepy at all. The first episode was really good but everything else was just a huge mess.
  • Jul 16, 2020
    If you aren't already aware of what Ju-On is, or you're not that well-versed on Japanese Horror (me either), Ju-On is the original The Grudge. Apparently, there are 13 feature films in the franchise, of which I have seen only 3: the original Japanese film; the 00s American remake with SMG, which I love; and the sequel - The Grudge 2, which was dreadful. So I will preface this by saying I am no expert and I cannot make too many comparisons to previous material. I remember the key premise of the story – man kills family and himself in a jealous rage in their family home, the home is then cursed with the Ju-On ‘Grudge Curse' and anyone who enters is haunted, tortured and/or killed by the spirits of the family. So I went into this thinking it was going to be somewhat of a ghost story, and was disappointed with that aspect of it. The show explores the way the curse effects different people through the generations, spanning from the 80s up until now. The transitions between timelines were often confusing, and I was left a bit unsure who was dead or when and why/how they died, I also questioned a lot of the characters choices - it was hard to know what was a result of their trauma in the house and what was just them being an odd/bad person. I didn't find it particularly scary, there was a small handful of moments in the first couple of eps where I was genuinely tense, but after that things just got a bit… gross. Instead of getting haunting moments and ghostly figures, we mostly get a lot of overly graphic and intense violence against women. All that being said, I did enjoy the series. I liked that all the violence was pretty wild, and that it didn't rely solely on cheap jump scares. I also liked how dark it was, some scenes made me really uncomfortable and I definitely exclaimed out loud ‘what the fuck?!' several times. I was sucked in enough to watch all 6 episodes in one go (they are only 25 mins long tbf) and I will tune in for the second season. I just can't help but think that maybe if they had made the episodes longer, focused a bit more on character development and really fleshed out each of the individual stories, it could have been something amazing.
  • Jul 15, 2020
    I think that the show is a must see although it is not for the faint-hearted. It gives a more realistic explanation to the stories of Ju-on and gives a connection to real life events. The show indeed is true when it began that real life stories are more horrific than those from the fiction. I watched The Grudge and I was never shocked nor glued to it but this one made me finished it because I can't wait to see the next episode.
  • Jul 14, 2020
    La primera temporada se siente un poco lenta, pero al mismo tiempo va creando suspenso, interés y atrapa la atención de la audiencia, se nota que mientras siga avanzando irá tomando forma y responderá las dudas que nos vayan dejando, se nota la diferencia con la película, ya que cumple con su propósito de sacar la historia de la ficción y adaptarla a un contexto más realista, con actuaciones aceptables, perturbadora, y un montaje digno de la historia, esta serie funciona y es necesaria su renovación.
  • Jul 13, 2020
    I was surprised at how caught up in this series I became. Since the six episodes are relatively short. I was able to watch all six episodes in one evening. I really enjoyed the acting, plot, and got the chills a couple times. This is a nice adult, and suspenseful horror drama. Apparently, Ju-on is a Japanese TV series, created by the same people that have produced quite a few full length Japanese horror films. I look forward to seeing more of the TV episodes and the films.
  • Jul 12, 2020
    Ju-On: Origins was a completely new story to fans of The Grudge series. Although it did have some boring sequences, I think it was a great show, and shines to be the most different out of all The Grudge related things.

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