Monday, July 22, 2013

Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)

 Can I just start off with a big "NOT SCARY"?  The story was so disjointed, and it was sort of split up into different short scenes based on which character was about to encounter the evil spirits.

The main story featured Riki, a nurse from the welfare agency sent to take care of a sick old woman living in her new house.  We soon find out the house holds a horrible secret, and houses evil spirits that will kill anyone who dares enter the house.

Now, no one just comes out and tells the backstory outright.  That would be boring.  But, through bits and pieces told throughout the film, I began to understand the secret of the dwelling.  A man believed his wife was cheating on him, so he killed her and their son.

The film isn't told in a full cohesive story.  It shows each character in a separate scene entering the house and suffering the consequences.  One character is a schoolgirl who goes in with her friends to scare themselves in the haunted house.  My friends and I used to do that all the time.  There are plenty of civil war legends and areas to visit if you want a good scare.  It's a lot of fun.  Anyway, it doesn't end well for any of them because the evil spirits get them.

I thought the makeup team did a fantastic job.  The ghosts had some kind of powdered sugar look to them and it was creepy.  The scariest part was when the ghost boy appeared under Riki's covers!  Under the covers should be the safest place against ghosts and he violated the rules!

Even though it was disjointed, it was creepy enough to hold my attention.  I will give this film a 6/10.

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