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Ju-On: The Grudge 2

Cert: 15
Contains strong supernatural horror and threat
Runtime: 1 hour 32 mins
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The Grudge curse takes shudder-inducing fear to new heights: more intense, persistent, comes from the roof, from the floor beneath your feet, from behind, from inside yourself. The angry spirits of the malicious curse once again assault the senses. But this time there is no escape.

Certain terrifying elements from Ju-on are carried over to the sequel. The nerve-wrenching croaking which undoubtedly foretells the presence of trouble effectively permeates Ju-on 2

The creepy hair motif, which in the prequel often emerged from under doors or suddenly appeared over slumbering victims is back with a vengeance. Ju-on 2 also introduces a few new key motifs which appear throughout the various episodes.

In the prequel, the epicenter of evil was undoubtedly the attic space above the Saiki's upstairs bedroom. In Ju-on 2, however, the attic is barely referenced (apart from a couple thumps) and our attention is continuiously redirected to a dark stain on the Saiki bedroom floor where, we learn, Kayoko sat, tortured, tormented and berserk. The demonic stain of her dying and the ruts etched into the tatami mat by her bloodied fingertips repeatedly appear to various unfortunate characters throughout Ju-on 2. Its presence on your living room floor not only evidences the presence of evil, but functions as a sort of portal, leading to some VERY creepy scenes.

Language: Japanese
Genre: Horror
UK release date: 07/07/2006
Starring: Noriko Sakai, Chiharu Niyama, Takako Fuji
Directed by: Takashi Shimizu