Ju-On: The Grudge (2003)

Ju-On: The Grudge (2003, JAP) C-92m. *** D: Takashi Shimuzu. Starring Megumi Okina, Misaki Ito, Misa Uehara, Yui Ichikawa, Kanji Tsuda. A young social worker is sent to a house to look after an old woman who lives there with her son and his wife. When she arrives she finds the old lady in a catatonic state and feels a supernatural presence, which - as the prologue leaves no doubt about - will kill anyone who has entered the house. Scary, eerie exercise in suspense will leave you breathless in the first half. Film deteriorates slightly, as an extra detour is made to stretch the plot, but overall a highly chilling film. This was the third film in a series by writer-director Shimuzu, which started with JU-ON (2000) and JU-ON 2 (2000). Followed by JU-ON: THE GRUDGE 2 (2003) and US-remake THE GRUDGE (2004).


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