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(2004)

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Before filming, the cast and crew went through a ceremony where they were blessed so nothing bad could happen to them for filming.
When we see Kayako crawling down the staircase towards the end in the infamous staircase sequence, she is contorting and bending her body and limbs in ways that seem humanly impossible. Takako Fuji, being a trained contortionist, performed the stunts herself; the effect is not a result of a trick shot or digital manipulation.
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.
The snapping and popping sounds that accompany the appearance of Kayako Saeki were made with a hair comb.
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 open-mouth gasping sound of the ghosts is made by director Takashi Shimizu.
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.
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.
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.
Yuya Ozeki, Takako Fuji, and Takashi Matsuyama all appeared in Ju-on: The Grudge (2002) and Ju-on: The Grudge 2 (2003), the Japanese films upon which this film was based, all reprising their roles as the doomed Saeki family.
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.
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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.
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In the original film of which this is a remake of featured a subplot involving three schoolgirls encountering the curse. Although it was omitted from the remake it was restored in the film's sequel The Grudge 2 (2006).
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The director Takashi Shimizu directed the original Ju-on films and returned to direct the American remakes.
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Unlike the other J-horror remakes like The Ring (2002), Dark Water (2005), Pulse (2006), and One Missed Call (2008), this is the only film out of all the others that actually remains in Japan instead of moving the story to America.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items 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.
In the original film, Rika (Megumi Okina) is actually killed by Takeo Saeki at the film's conclusion. Rika's American incarnation Karen instead manages to survive (though she later dies in the sequel). A remixed version of the original ending is re-introduced for The Grudge 2 (2006) involving Aubrey, Karen's sister.
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