"Ju-On" has to be one of the creepiest horror films I have ever seen.Essentially the ghost story,it tells four interconnected stories that are all tied to the same house and the events that happened there.The film is extremely moody as it has almost dream-like atmosphere.The manifestations of spirits in "Ju-On" are so sudden and bone-chilling that it will surely make your skin crawl.Personally I think that the idea of the blood curse of the house(the grudge)is well-developed and the acting is decent.It's nice to see also Chiaki Kuriyama as a schoolgirl Mizuho Tamura.So if you are a fan of creepy Japanese horror you can't miss it.Highly recommended.
Ju-on: The Curse
Horror / Mystery
Ju-on: The Curse
Horror / Mystery
Keywords: ghosthorrorjapanhaunted housecurse
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Jealous of his wives love for another man, a teacher from her high school, a man brutally kills his wife and young son. Searching for the son who has missed a lot of school, the teacher enters their house, only to find the dead ghost of his mother, and consequently has a heart attack and becomes a ghost himself. The story goes on to tell of the new tenants of the house and what they experience, and an investigation by two police officers into why so many people are disappearing.
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With the release of the first theatrical film in the US hours away I decided to go back and start at the beginning of what spawned four films in Japan and a soon to be released American version.
This is less a haunted house story than a ghost story with something extra. The less you know the better, but perhaps saying that this is about an evil that flows outward from a terrible crime. Its told out of order, which in its way is tricky thing to do since here it requires that you give yourself over to it and stay with it on the journey its making. As I watched the early parts of the film I was uncertain about what I was seeing. It was good but I was almost ready to give up, except there was something gnawing at me to stay the course. I'm glad I did.
This is a film of slowly building dread and unease more than jump out of your seat scares. You leave the film not feeling right with the tension all up and down your back. I didn't want people to go upstairs, into rooms, or follow the trail of blood because I knew what was there, and it was horrible... ...well horrible in idea. The trouble is that because this was shot on the cheap some of the effects aren't that good. I'd like to describe them but I'll let you find out. Thankfully they don't ruin what is a truly creepy movie.
Frankly I'm terrified to see what the other movies bring.
9 out of 10.
The first of the series is still the most effective
Although the first two movies of the Ju-on series were super low-budget direct-to-video affairs, I find this first one holds its own next to -- and is in many ways still creepier than -- the 2002 theatrical box office smash.
This movie establishes the curse that stems from the murder of a young woman, Kayako, and her son, Toshio, by Kayako's jealous husband. The movie jumps around in time, playing scenes out of sequence in a way that is more interesting dramatically than if it had all been drawn out chronologically.
Takashi Shimizu relies upon generating an eerie mood, a nonstop aura of unease that permeates each scene, to creep audiences out, rather than by throwing gore and special effects at you in the way American horror films usually do. (In fact, the one CGI effects shot in this movie is its cheesiest; they just haven't got the budget to pull it off.) By the time we finally see Kayako crawling down the stairs, we've been put so ill at ease by one inexplicable, disturbing event after another that the first sight of her is bloodcurdling.
In all, Ju-on is a swell example of how to generate chills with next to no money but boundless imagination and talent.