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Ju-On (2000)

  Tags: Asian Horror, Asumi Miwa, Chiaki Kuriyama, ghosts, Grudge, haunting, Hitomi Miwa, japan, japanese, ju-on, low budget, Takashi Shimizu, Taro Suwa, the grudge, Yoriko Douguchi, Yuurei Yanagi

Your rating: None Average: 7 (6 votes)
Reviewer Rating: 
6

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Rating #: 
6/10
Director: 
Takashi Shimizu
Runtime: 
75 minutes
Cast: 
Yuurei Yanagi, Chiaki Kuriyama, Hitomi Miwa, Asumi Miwa, Yoriko Douguchi, Taro Suwa


I remember first hearing about this movie when the remake got a lot of buzz over the internet. At the time I had no idea there remake was even a remake. I did more research to discover the original came out a few years ago and even spawned a sequel. After hearing all this scary stuff about the films, I knew I had to get my hands on'em. Now having viewed the movies, I have to say that they aren't as scary as they were said to be, but they are all still good movies.

This is a fairly short film, being around 70 minutes. I believe it went straight to video when it came out in Japan. When watching the movie you can tell it has a very low-budget, with it's cheesy effects and such, but it's all about the story, not the looks, but with today's modern audience, sometimes it takes a little more than a simple story to scare us.

The movie is told through the eyes of various people who come across the cursed house. Whoever's associated with it are cursed and there's really no escape from it. All the short stories that connect the people to the house are pretty short. The first part of the film we're introduced to a teacher who shows up at a student's house after he doesn't show up for school.

After that we're thrown into other segments that involve other people that are cursed, like another teacher who visits a male student, who has a girlfriend that looks for him at school, but it turns out that they're both cursed. A lot of the segments are told in the past and lead back up to the point where the first segment involving the teacher's visit.

It's cool how we see how each individual is somehow connected to the house and how it all falls into place in the end. The movie is pretty brutal at times, especially when we see what a man does to a baby. It's a bloody flick with a cool gore scene towards the end. You might notice a familiar face playing a character named Mizuho. The actress is Chiaki Kuriyama, who's also in Battle Royale and Kill Bill as GoGo. Cool stuff.

So is the movie as scary as many have claimed it to be? I suppose to some, but not to me. Due to its incredibly low-budget and cheesy ghost effects, I wasn't really impressed. The story is good and it does have its creepy moments at times, but overall it's not really a scary flick, but that's just me.

A good movie, but not as scary as many has made it out to be. The story is well done and it does manage to have some creepy scenes, but it's low-budget cheesy ghost sounds ruin it's scary edge.

Posted on June 15, 2010 - 12:20pm | FrighT MasteR

 

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