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The Grudge (2004)

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An American nurse living and working in Tokyo is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse, one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim.

Director:

Takashi Shimizu

Writers:

Stephen Susco (screenplay), Takashi Shimizu (film "Ju-On: The Grudge")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Karen
Jason Behr ... Doug
William Mapother ... Matthew
Clea DuVall ... Jennifer
KaDee Strickland ... Susan
Grace Zabriskie ... Emma
Bill Pullman ... Peter
Rosa Blasi ... Maria
Ted Raimi ... Alex
Ryo Ishibashi ... Nakagawa
Yôko Maki Yôko Maki ... Yoko
Yuya Ozeki Yuya Ozeki ... Toshio
Takako Fuji ... Kayako
Takashi Matsuyama Takashi Matsuyama ... Takeo
Hiroshi Matsunaga Hiroshi Matsunaga ... Igarashi
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Storyline

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 away to break this spell, before she becomes its next victim. Written by simon

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The curse is about to claim another victim. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, disturbing images/terror/violence, and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Russia]

Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

22 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled 'Ju-on: The Grudge' Remake See more »

Filming Locations:

Aoyama, Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,128,715, 24 October 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$110,359,362

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$187,281,115
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Unrated Extended Director's Cut) | (unrated)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

When Karen is walking outside with Doug after they wake up together, Doug is wearing a shawl. In the subsequent shots he isn't wearing it any more. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Maria: Good morning. Peter? Are you OK? You're up early today.
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Alternate Versions

Two slightly different versions of the film were used for test screenings. One was R-rated, while the other was rated PG-13. The PG-13 cut, which had toned down some of the disturbing images, tested better with screeners. See more »

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User Reviews

I assure you (most of you, anyway) that you can do much better things with your time than see this movie
20 November 2004 | by NoArrowSee all my reviews

'The Grudge' is scary, yes, so on that level it will be enjoyed by dating teens in drive-ins and a few chirpy preteen girls in the theater, but scary is all the movie is. It isn't smart, it isn't well-written, well-directed or well-acted, it isn't intriguing or even interesting, it isn't fun, it isn't well-paced, it isn't even surprising. It's just scary and bad.

The main character of the movie is the haunted house, which looms by itself in a leafy branch of a city street in Tokyo. I say the house is the main character because it's the only consistent thing within the droning two hours of the movie. What happens is: characters enter the house, hear a strange noise from the attic, go up to see what it is, see a cat, and then die. Occasionally a character lives only to die later, or leave the house and go home, to be killed by the ghosts of the house.

There, I've just described the movie for you. You may be saying 'no, there HAS to be more than that!!!!!111' but there isn't. The reason for the deaths has something to do with a curse caused by someone dieing within 'the grip of rage' in that same house.

When I say 'something to do with' you probably think that there's probably more to it than that…what I say is, there probably is, but I wouldn't know. I'd call the movie confusing but that's too much, it just plain and simple makes no sense whatsoever. By the end my friends and I were so disappointed and duped, we had about a hundred questions we were asking, but then we realized that the filmmakers themselves probably didn't consider them. So we stopped caring.

The plot, or story, or formula, or whatever it qualifies as is merely an excuse to have different characters wander slowly through the same hall of the house and then pop something out at us, usually a hand or a cat, to give us a jump. Usually these jumps work, sometimes the movie goes so far as to be creepy, but that is it. Who cares if a movie is scary if it is not interesting in any way?

I said the acting is bad, but that's not fair. The characters are so utterly flat and devoid of energy, the only human characteristic they have is curiosity, and they have a stinking lot of it. There are so many points in this movie where the characters walk slowly up or down the stairs, or through a vent shaft, or whatever, when any, ANY real person would've got their ass out of there.

The movie is what no horror movie should be: boring. Don't see it. Please, don't see it.

5/10.


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