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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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They say that when someone dies in a powerful rage. A curse is made. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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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

Before filming, the cast and crew went through a ceremony where they were blessed so that nothing bad could happen to them for filming. See more »

Goofs

(at around 10 mins) At the cemetery, Karen tells her boyfriend that burning incense is a Buddhist ritual, and that the smoke carries their prayers to the spirits of the departed. Buddhism doesn't acknowledge everlasting spirits. It is actually a Shinto ritual. 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 »

Connections

Featured in A Powerful Rage: Behind 'The Grudge' (2005) See more »

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User Reviews

 
I was terrified during this great movie!
22 October 2004 | by DobySee all my reviews

This is what I wrote to some friends earlier:

HOLY CRAP, The Grudge is, honest to God, one of the scariest films I've ever seen! I am either getting very soft in my old age, or Sam Raimi and Ghost Pictures did a KICK A** job! (Can't wait for Boogeyman!)

I was very scared sitting in the dark theater and wished I had someone, anyone, sitting next to me (except the protagonist in Grudge. I saw the movie by myself.) I swear, there were many many jump scenes that were NOT expected! I felt foolish but my nerves did not care! I was on edge the entire movie, from the opening credits, and the music was fantastically scary. I keep thinking of that sound, though, and I DO NOT LIKE IT!

I actually gasped aloud a few times, and cried, "oh" at one scene!! Oh, yeah, I even half-covered my eyes a few times! Word to the wise, though: I thought some of the scenes were a little psychotic. My DH hated Event Horizon and thought whoever wrote it was sick and psycho, but I don't remember the movie so can't compare.

I can't say I "enjoyed" this movie b/c I was terrified, but it was very very good and scary. The ending scene, too...whoa! For being a 32-year-old-mommy, I think I may have nightmares from this movie, especially because of that sound. Please get out of my head ;)

In summary, this is not a slasher flick like I grew up with (Jason, Freddy). This is a most-of-the-time spooky movie. Perfect for Halloween.

Two great trailers for this movie were Boogeyman and The Ring 2!!


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