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The prologue shows us what led to the house becoming haunted; a man who believes his wife had an affair kills her in an uncontrolled rage then kills himself. The couple's young son, who witnesses the savage act, disappears and is never to be seen again. Fast forward several years: the house is now inhabited by the Tokunaga family of three, a husband and wife and the husband's old frail mother. While husband and wife are away on a trip, the nearby welfare center sends volunteer social worker Rika to look after the house and the old mother. While cleaning the house, she witnesses ghostly apparitions that drive her away from the house. Soon after, when the tenants of the house return from their trip they too are terrorized by the vengeful spirits of the dead family.
Several factors are responsible for making "Ju-On" such an utterly scary film.Read more ›
And, o, how it kills.
While you may be curious as to how this movie is, I'd make the following suggestion to those of you that might want to watch it.
Before you start reading anyone's thoughts on this movie, you should first ask yourself if you want to see something that's (A) presented intact or if you (B) want to see a beast with some of its proverbial teeth pulled. If you choose "A" (and most people choose "A," if you're curious about mean and the like), you should consider the fact that this movie could be ruined if you keep reading people's reviews. Ju-on isn't one of those boorish films that rely heavily on a point that it has to drive into your viewing mind like a hammer hitting some "look, mommy, I'm a monster" nail. Instead, it works by telling a story in fragments, letting you have snippets of the tale along with a dose of the horrific and rewarding you as you follow along. It reminds me of a mystery that you know portions of right away because of conjecture/ horror movie conditioning, but one that you have to keep following because of the fun that ensues as little elements (the all-too-human kind) keep touching some base terror and then suffering as they help spread it. And its one of those pieces that you REALLY want to kick people for talking about with any depth, because any portion of the plot being revealed could fracture the effect it has when it's revealed on the screen. The little tastes of depravity, the nuisances that make your spine sink and say "O my god" when the lovely effects play out - yeah.Read more ›
The vengeful ghost trapped in an item or location is a very common theme in Japanese horror and storytelling. Films like Juon and Ring, as well as games such as Fatal Frame (PS2) feed off the fears inherent in the stories of vindictive undead. One main difference between the Japanese and American versions of these is the degree to which our fear can be assuaged with some sort of explanation. Juon, like the original Ring, offers vague hints as to what happened to its ghosts and what does happen to their victims. The ending offers no explanation, no enlightement, and might be unsatisfying to some viewers. Interestingly enough, it is that lack of resolution that makes this genre so strong and helps it leave a lasting impression. There may be no solution to the ghost problem. The evil unleashed may be unstoppable.
The movie is somewhat slow, especially compared to the horror flicks we're used to, which doesn't mean its characters don't fall into the usual victim traps (like being unpardonably dumb). There's no obvious violence to speak of and none of the detective fiction element that has strengthened some other scary films. However, if you enjoy the slow building of a subtle and chilly atmosphere, and are prepared to be scared without reprieve, you will really appreciate this movie.
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I think it's suppose to be a copy cat of the ring.. But it's so stupid. I couldn't finish it.. I suffered through half or a bit more until I decided it was a waste of my life! Read morePublished 5 days ago by Just Being Honest!
Deadly After Life game of cat and mouse. I give this movie a *5* star rating!Published 28 days ago by A Roger Zelazny Fan
The Japanese horror genre puts Stephen King movies to shame. Although keeping the timeline and storyline straight was a bit confusing at first, this is a movie I'll watch again.Published 2 months ago by C. R. Alley
I bought this movie on AMAZON many years ago & have taken care of it since. The movie still remains truly terrifying (even the menu is creepy..... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jose M. Amezquita
I first saw Ju-On when I was a young child and it was traumatizing. So horrifying that it kickstarted a love for horror movies within me. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I saw this movie quite a few years ago and it scared the absolute piss out of me, I am so pleased to have found it again as it is nearly non-existent in the states. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
It's always good to see the original movie. Especially when its a movie remade from one culture to another. Read morePublished 3 months ago by QD
I liked it for the bit of Japanese culture, and the story started out OK, but 2/3rds of the way through I got lost in what was happening and this lasted until the end. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Book Nut
At first it creeped me out but towards the end it just turned stupid and funny.Published 4 months ago by Eddie Mercado
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