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Both directed by Takashi Shimizu. Ju-On was released in Japan in 2000 and was remade as The Grudge for American audiences in 2004. Both movies concern the spirits of two murdered people haunting those who dare enter their home.
The Grudge’s story is easier to understand, but this may be in part due to Ju-On being in Japanese with English subtitles. The Grudge stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, who is pleasant to look at, but oozes zero sex appeal. Ju-On stars many Japanese women who are hot and that’s good enough for me. Now, The Grudge does have its creepy moments, but Ju-On nearly sent me screaming into my daughter’s bed seeking reassurance and comfort. I swear, I watched Ju-On at approx 2am and the ending creeped me out to the point of saying, “oh, that’s good.” Therefore, although I did like The Grudge, I have to go with Ju-On as the winner due to its superior creepiness. Note, if you rent The Grudge, do not watch the making of documentary as it spoils the ending. – Denis Sheehan



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