Ju-on: The Grudge is a far more mystifying installment than its predecessors. It’s the third and most well-known of the Ju-on franchise and the first to receive a theatrical release, but by no means is it great, in fact, I was quite disappointed. The scares I’d hope it would attain from the original aren’t so much there, and instead shrouded by the film’s confusing plot that’s rather all too familiar.
So much from the original is mimicked here in undesirable fashion. The constant change of characters is frustrating; really, it should have stuck to one. And there’s a also a sparse mystery, that would have been better figured about by a protagonist. Sadly, there’s hardly one here. I assume the popularity of the film sparked the decision to create an American remake, nonetheless directed by the same director. In every sense it’s bleak and chilling to a degree, but for the most part, Ju-on: The Grudge is a slow decent into a run-of-the-mill Japanese horror.