Did you know that the 2004 version of The Grudge was a remake? Most horror fans do, but if you didn’t, you can watch the original free right now!
The latest iteration of The Grudge is currently playing in theaters, but it comes from a surprisingly well-stocked franchise. In total, there are 12 movies, including several Japanese versions and four American versions.
While most people believe Ju-On: The Grudge is the first in the franchise, there were actually two short films before that and then Ju-On: The Curse, which spawned a sequel of its own. From there, franchise creator Takashi Shimizu went on to create Ju-On: The Grudge and its sequel. Those are the films America used to adapt their own versions.
If you’ve ever wanted to watch the Ju-On versions, you can watch the first and second films for free right now on Tubi TV.
Ju-On: The Grudge (2002)
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This is the third film overall but the first to be released theatrically. The movie follows the story of a caretaker named Rika Nishina, who journeys to the former Saeki home after their previous worker disappeared.
She slowly begins to realize that something is seriously wrong with the house. As viewers, we come to understand that a home where something horrible happens can hold a “grudge,” which then manifests in violent ways to anyone else who walks through it.
Ju-On: The Grudge 2 (2003)
- Starring: Noriko Sakai, Chiharu Niiyama, Kei Horie, Yui Ichikawa, Shingo Katsurayama, and Emi Yamamoto
Kyoko Harase is an actress who becomes pregnant while filming a haunted house series. We discover that the house where they were filming is none other than the famous “grudge” house formerly belonging to the Saeki house, and now her life may be in mortal danger.
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The Grudge (2020) is now streaming in theaters.