Karen Davis, an American Nurse, moves to Tokyo and encounters a supernatural spirit who is vengeful and often possesses its victims. A series of horrifying and mysterious deaths start to occur, with the spirit passing its curse onto each victim. Karen must now find a way to break this spell, before she becomes its next victim.Written by
The original Japanese film 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). See more »
(at around 21 mins) The message Susan leaves on the answering machine is a little bit different when Karen first hears it than when the detectives hear it again later in the movie (at around 37 mins), and when we actually see Susan leaving it. See more »
Good morning. Peter? Are you OK? You're up early today.
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The rated PG-13 version is run 91 minutes, and unrated is run 98 minutes. See more »
This movie definitely loses something in the translation. Unlike "The Ring" which equaled and even improved on the original story in some ways, this one just meanders along in an uninspired fashion.
The original Japanese film, "Ju-on", was pretty incoherent, mostly just a series of set pieces and great chills. The American version, directed by the same filmmaker, has done nothing towards clarifying the muddled story and, aside from the great opening sequences, is just a straight-forward recreation of the same suspenseful sequences that somehow don't play as well. I'd suggest renting the original instead.
5 out of 10.
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