Ju-on: The Grudge
"To me, it's a scary movie. Scary movies are suppose to scare you. It SCARED me. Job done."
- Mighty Peking Man
Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)
Director: Takashi Shimizu
Writer: Hiroshi Takahashi
Producers: Taka Ichise
Cast: Megumi Okina, Misaki Ito, Misa Uehara, Yui Ichikawa.
Running Time: 92 min.
Plot: A series of people are killed by a violent curse known as Ju-on. Born of a grudge held by someone who suffers a violent and angry death, the curse is transmitted to the next victim each time someone dies.
Availability: This title is available at HKflix.com
MIGHTY PEKING MAN'S REVIEW: Imagine waking up in the middle of the night, opening your eyes, and the first thing you see standing over your bed is Linda Blair's character from "The Exorcist", staring right at you and coming closer and closer -- that's how scary this fucking film is. In fact, I don't remember the last time a film spooked the living shit out of me the way this one did. Conducted in a series of connected segments, with mixed and related characters, "Ju On" is the story of a haunted house that makes The Amityville Horror residence look like The Brady Bunch's dream home. The curses that reside within were summoned after a horrible crime was committed (involving a man who brutally murdered his own family, then shortly thereafter, killed himself....). Now, the victims' wicked ghosts are back, and they're out to possess and kill anyone who comes across their path - for whatever reason. At the jump-out-of-your-seat level this film achieves, who gives a shit about a reason?
For the people that do care about the reason, tough luck; You won't get one. At the end of the film, nothing is really met as far as a satisfying conclusion or closure. People die, ghosts do their ghostly things and the audience gets freaked out. If you want more than this, you'll be disappointed. To me, it's a scary movie. Scary movies are suppose to scare you. It SCARED me. Job done.
"Ju On" (aka "Ju-on: The Grudge") is passionately directed by Shimizu Takashi, and written by Hiroshi Takahashi (screen writer of "The Ring 2"). Don't recognize any of the cast members, but all their performances were dandy. Overall, "Ju On" is creepier than "The Ring", but unlike the latter, it lacks a solid plot.
By the way - if you want the full effect, watch it loud.
MIGHTY PEKING MAN'S RATING: 8/10