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MPAA Rated R for some disturbing images

Sex & Nudity

  • A women showering, nothing is seen.

Violence & Gore

  • In a brief scene during the opening titles, a black-and-white sequence shows a blood-covered man murdering his wife with a utility knife as his young son hides upstairs.
  • He forcefully grabs a cat by the neck and kills it (offscreen).
  • A bloody ghost of a woman crawls down a flight of stairs in a bloody plastic trash bag.


Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A few characters smoke briefly.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Not for the faint of heart. This is often considered to be one of the scariest films in horror film history.
  • The scene where Kayako first appears to kill Sachie can be intense, as her appearance is very sudden.
  • There is too much tension and suspense throughout the film, as well as strong scenes of horror in which appear the ghosts of Kayako and Toshio. It also has many scares and strong images that might affect a sensitive audience. It contains strong scenes of violence both to people and animals.


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Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The iconic staircase sequence, where Kayako crawls down a staircase covered in blood, is one of the scariest scenes in horror film history. The music, the slow pace, tension and the unnatural way she moves all contribute to the buildup of dread.
  • The apartment sequence with Hitomi is genuinely terrifying. She's alone in her apartment, and when she tries to comfort herself with a TV, it starts to malfunction. She then hides under the covers only for Kayako to emerge from beneath and drag her away. Can be very scary for people with a fear of loneliness.

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