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When we see Kayako coming down the stairs towards the end, she is moving in a really strange way. Takako Fuji really moved that way; the effect is not a result of a trick shot or digital manipulation.
The spooky popping sounds that accompany the appearance of the female ghost were made with a hair comb.
Before filming, the cast and crew went through a ceremony where they were blessed so nothing bad could happen to them for filming.
Although the house was built entirely on a sound stage, the actors and cast still had to take off their shoes to enter, to be respectful.
Fungo Dining, the restaurant Doug works at, is an actual restaurant.
On the DVD commentary Sarah Michelle Gellar remembers that Jason Behr had previously guest-starred on her show 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' but not Clea Duvall who also appeared in one story 'Out of Sight, Out of Mind' as a girl who turns invisible. This is because Gellar never had any scenes with Duvall's character whilst she was visible so the actresses never actually met.
On their way to the graveyard, Karen and Doug pass three schoolgirls on the street - a reference to Izumi and her friends Chiharu and Miyuki from the original Ju-on: The Grudge (2002).
The character of Toshio is almost always found with his cat. In real life, the boy who plays Toshio, Yuya Ozeki, was terrified of cats.
Yuya Ozeki, Takako Fuji, and Takashi Matsuyama all appeared in Ju-on: The Grudge (2002), the Japanese film upon which this film was based, all reprising their roles as the doomed Saeki family.
A sequel (which became The Grudge 2 (2006)) was greenlit on the Monday after the surprise success of the first weekend's box office of more than $39 million.
The open-mouth gasping sound of the ghosts is made by director Takashi Shimizu.
According to the DVD Commentaries and Featurettes, the house in The Grudge (2004) was built completely on a sound stage. It was based almost entirely on the house in Ju-on: The Grudge (2002). It was built like a normal house, the 'house set' had two floors so that cuts did not have to be made when a character was walking upstairs. However, the attic was built separately from the house to allow for more room when filming.
According to the DVD commentary by the cast and crew, the first of appearance of the cat right when Karen picks up Kayako's journal was not in fact a real cat, but a fake cat held by a crew member, racing it in front of the camera.
Selma Blair was the first choice for the lead role, which went to Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Jason Behr guest starred in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Lie to Me (1997) , in which Sarah Michelle Gellar played the title role.


The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

There is a deleted scene after Toshio attacks Matthew, where Matthew becomes possessed by Takeo's ghost and kicks a visiting Susan out of the house. Takashi Shimizu cut it because it took focus off Kayako.

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