Sarah Michelle Gellar as Karen Jason Behr as Doug Grace Zabriskie as Emma WilliamsRyo Ishibashi as Det. Nakagawa
William Mapother as Matthew WilliamsKaDee Strickland as Susan Williams Clea DuVall as Jennifer Williams
Bill Pullman as Peter Kirk Yoko Maki as YokoTakako Fuji as Kayako Saeki
Yuya Ozeki as Toshio Saeki Ted Raimi as Alex Takashi Matsuyama as Takeo Saeki
Directed by Takashi ShimizuProduced by Sam Raimi and Robert TapertWritten by Stephen SuscoMusic by Christopher YoungCinematography by Katsumi Yanagishima
Critical ResponseDespite being based off the original Ju-on: The Grudge, viewers have comparedelements of the film to another J-Horror remake called The Ring as bothantagonists (Samara and Kayako) look strikingly similar.The Grudge received mixed reviews, earning a "Rotten" rating of 40% on“thumbs down” but Classic FMs film critic Simon Bates deemed it the scariestfilm he had ever seen.
The curse is born when someone dies in the grip of a powerful rage or extreme sorrow. The curse is an entity created where the person died.I’m watching you
The Saeki family lived happily in suburbanTokyo, but housewife Kayako Saeki fell in love with her sons teacher Peter Kirk, obsessively writingabout him in a diary.
However, her husband Takeo discovered the diary, believing Kayako was having an affair…He then proceeded to murder his wife by breaking her neck. He then drowned his young son Toshio to cover his tracks, along with the pet cat, Mar.Takeo hid the bodies in the attic and closet, before seemingly committing suicide by hanging himself.
Peter comes to the Saeki house to speak with Kayako, only to find her corpse and flees the house, committing suicide the next day before his wife. But, due to the rage the family felt, they rise again as ghosts, notably Kayako who appears as an onryō ghost.
A few years after the Saeki family dies, the Williamsfamily move in from America. While husband Matthew is thrilled with the house, his wife Jennifer and dementia-ridden mother Emma feel uncomfortable in the house.
Jennifer is quickly consumed by the curse. Matthew returns home to find the house trashed, Emma upset and his wife dying in a bed upstairs… Matthew and Jennifer are killed by Toshio.
She hears Yoko, a noises from the careworker, attic and arrives at investigates, the house only tothe next day encounter to find Kayako whoEmma alone, drags her upand discovers into the attic. a note supposedly written by Jennifer explaining shes gone for a walk.
Concerned about Yokos disappearance, her employer Alex sends another careworker Karen Davis to take over the care for Emma.
At the house, Karen finds Emma alone, and is Returning to Emma, shocked when she finds a Karen witnesses Kayaseemingly alive Toshio and emerge from the ceili Mar in the taped up and attack them both closet, contacting Alex for help.
Alex arrives at the house, finds Emma dead and Karen in a state of pure shock… Alex quickly summons the police, including Detective Nakagawa…
Nakagawa and his partner Igarashi explore the house, finding thebodies of Matthew and Jennifer in the attic along with a bottom jaw
Matthews sister Susan disappearsafter being dragged into her bed by Kayako…
Alex is killed when visited by a Kayako-possessed Yoko (missing her jaw bone) at work.
That night, Nakagawa goes to the house and tries to burn it down using petrol, but is lured by a gurgling noise coming from the bathtub. He discovers Toshio kneeling beside the bathtub with his head dipped into the water, seemingly drowning, and hurries to help him, but the ghost of Takeo suddenlyappears and forces Nakagawas head into the bathtub and drowns him.
Karen races to the house upon learning Doug has ventured there to look for her… Karen finds Doug, paralyzed by fear, and attempts to flee the house with him, only to witness Kayako drag herself down the stairs and kill Doug. Karen watcheshelplessly as Kayako kills Doug...
Karen spots the petrol and manages to ignite it with Dougs lighter just as Kayako is about to kill her.
Karen is whisked to hospital, but learns the house still stands.Visiting Dougs body, Karen realizesshe is still haunted by Kayako, who appears behind her, and Karens fate remained unknown, until the sequel.