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Ju-On, The Grudge franchise

Ok, lets define the timelines before we start reviewing this. The stories of the different timelines are different.

The short films are probably separate stories. There might be some other mistakes in how I described the timelines. Feel free to contact me about those.

The Original Ju-on movies

I haven’t seen these movies yet, but I have links for them if you want to see them. I do want to check them out some day.

Watch or download Ju-On: The Curse (2000) for free (archive.org), Japanese version, V-Cinema

Watch or download Ju-On: The Beginning of the End (2014) for free (archive.org), The Grudge, Japanese movie

Sadako vs Kayako

Sadako is the girl from The Ring (and Ringu) and Kayako is the girl from The Grudge (and Ju-on).

I haven’t seen this one, but here is a link. I want to watch it some day.

Watch or download Sadako vs. Kayako (2016) for free (archive.org), The Ring vs. The Grudge, Japanese movie

I have seen the remake from Ringu, but I didn’t really like it. The original Japanese one might be better. You can watch it on archive.org. Enjoy!

Watch or download Ringu (1998) for free (archive.org), The Ring, Japanese movie, second movie in Ring franchise

The American reboots

It is too bad that I haven’t seen the original Japanese movies. It might be even better than the ones I saw.

I saw the one from 2004, they apparently rebooted it again in 2020. I usually don’t recommend remakes, watch the original one. It is often better.

I liked the movies it can be a bit compared to Grave Encounters and Insidious in a way. The story isn’t great, but the movies were pretty well-made.

Don’t get me wrong though, the story of The Grudge is decent. I really liked these movies. It are pretty iconic movies.

These movies use many jumpscares, but the noises which the Grudge makes are creepy too. I haven’t seen any of the following links.

Ju-on: Origins

I actually have seen this one.

It wasn’t too bad, but it was different. It is not a personal favorite for me. I do respect that they referenced real murders (which deserve more attention).

Real murder references

The real murder references weren’t always clear, and probably confusing for some people.

You probably want to read about The Nagoya Pregnant Ripper Case before you watch it. Many might see that part as Japan just being crazy, but that scene was based on the murder.

There is a subplot based on Tsutomu Miyazaki, AKA the “Otaku Murderer” or “The Little Girl Murderer”. You don’t have to know more about this murder.

The other real murders are usually news pieces, so you don’t have to look them up. I suggest looking up Junko Furuta though. It is very dark, but I think that more people should know about that case.

I have mentioned that case in my Horrible things happen and people try to hide it article.

The story

The story was hard to follow in my opinion. The story is disturbing, but the scenes aren’t that graphical or scary compared to other movies.

The story is really all over the place. It is pretty confusing and it can feel like it doesn’t goes any where. It was interesting though.

Give the series time. The better stuff starts during the fourth episode.


This can be an interesting watch, but I am not sure of I would recommend it. It isn’t over the top at scares or at gore in my opinion.

It is worth a try, maybe just watch the first season and decide for yourself if you want to see the next seasons. There is only one season released at the moment though.