'''Note: This page is for the Japanese franchise only. For the American series, see ''Film/TheGrudge''.'''

'''''Ju-on''''' is a Japanese horror film series, directed by Creator/TakashiShimizu. There are currently eight films in the series, an upcoming crossover film, as well as two short films (''Katasumi''/''In A Corner'' and ''4444444444''), which were released prior to the first film (and are featured on the Director's Cut DVD release of the first [[TheGrudge remake]] as special features).

The title of the films translates roughly to "Curse Grudge". The first two films in the series were so-called V-Cinema, or [[MadeForTVMovie made for TV releases]], but became [[SleeperHit surprise hits]] as the result of favourable word of mouth. The curse of the title, ju-on, is one which takes on a life of its own and seeks new victims. Anyone who encounters a ghost killed by the curse is killed himself and the curse is able to be spread to other areas.

The plot focuses on the curse created in a house in Tokyo when Takeo Saeki, convinced that his wife Kayako was having an affair with her crush, murdered her, their son Toshio and Toshio's pet cat, Mar, in a jealous rage. Takeo was later killed by the vengeful spirit of his wife. The spirits now haunt the house, cursing anyone who dare enter - and, by extension, anyone who is even remotely connected to those who have entered the house.

The plot of each film is told in a series of [[AnachronicOrder non-linear storylines]], with many intersecting subplots.

Following the success of the two TV movies, screenwriter Hiroshi Takahashi helped Shimizu develop ''Ju-on'' as a theatrical feature. The resulting film, ''Ju-on: The Grudge'', was released in 2003. Shortly after, the US [[ForeignRemake remake rights]] were purchased, with Shimizu himself attached to direct. A sequel, ''Ju-on: The Grudge 2'', was released later that year. In 2004, the US remake, ''Film/TheGrudge'', was released.

In 2009, two new ''Ju-on'' films were released simultaneously, to celebrate the franchise's 10th anniversary. These are ''Ju-on: Shiroi Roujo'' and ''Ju-on: Kuroi Shoujo''. These films are not directly connected to the previous installments, instead focusing on different ju-on curses.

The franchise was rebooted in 2014 with the release of ''Ju-on: The Beginning of the End'', which alters much of the background story. Shimizu did not have a hand in the production, nor did Mrs. Takako Fuji as Kayako, [[TheOtherDarrin who was replaced by Misaki Saisho]]. It was followed in 2015 with the release of ''Ju:on: The Final'', which, as the name suggests, serves as the franchise's GrandFinale. A crossover with ''Literature/TheRing'' series will be released in 2016, with Kayako [[RoleReprisal again played by Mrs. Fuji]].

There is also a novel adaption of the movies, as well as two manga volumes based on the series.

'''The films:'''

* ''Ju-on'' (aka ''Ju-on: The Curse'') - the first V-Cinema release.
* ''Ju-on 2'' (aka ''Ju-on: The Curse 2'') - the second V-Cinema release.
* ''Ju-on'' (aka ''Ju-on: The Grudge'', aka ''Ju-on 3'') - the first theatrical release.
* ''Ju-on 2'' (aka ''Ju-on: The Grudge 2'', aka ''Ju-on 4'') - the second theatrical release.
* ''Ju-on: Shiroi Roujo'' (aka ''Ju-on: White Ghost'') - one of the two InNameOnly sequels released to celebrate the series' 10th anniversary. The film has no connection to the rest of the series, following its own storyline.
* ''Ju-on: Kuroi Shoujo'' (aka ''Ju-on: Black Ghost'') - the second of the InNameOnly sequels, following its own storyline and being connected to ''White Ghost''.
* ''Ju-on: Owari no Hajimari'' (aka ''Ju-on: Beginning of the End'') - the 2014 addition to the franchise and its ContinuityReboot.
* ''Ju-on: The Final'' - ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. The series came to an end with this 2015 film. [[TheEndOrIsIt Or did it?]]
* ''[[Literature/TheRing Sadako]] [[Film/SadakoVsKayako vs. Kayako]]'' - [[SincerityMode You read that right]]. Our two [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny ghostly ladies with the penchant for killing people]] will finally meet and show off their powers to those poor humans. First teased as an April Fools' Joke, but later turned out to be real. Will be released in 2016.

It is worth noting that the theatrical releases are ''not'' remakes of the V-Cinema films, as is commonly believed, but are, in fact, sequels. The first two films, which are quite hard to find outside of Japan, do not have to be seen to understand the later two films, however.

'''The shorts:'''

* ''Katasumi'' (aka ''In A Corner'') - marks the first appearance of Kayako.
* ''4444444444'' - marks the first appearance of Toshio.

These shorts are set during the first movie, and offer a little more insight into the incidents surrounding certain characters from that film.

In 2009, feelplus developed a UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} game based on the franchise known in the US as ''Ju-on: The Grudge Haunted House Simulator''. Storyline-wise, it is unconnected to any of the films or shorts, and it tells an original story about a family of four who find themselves facing Kayako and Toshio's curse in an episodic fashion.

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* AbandonedHospital: Episode two of ''Ju-on: The Grudge Haunted House Simulator'' literally uses the trope name, although it would be more aptly called a deserted hospital. Still, some scares courtesy of Kayako and Toshio are on-hand.
* AlasPoorVillain: Kayako, Toshio, and his cat all fall under this trope despite what terrifying monsters they became. Subverted in the last two film reboots, though, where they became...[[MysticalPregnancy much]] [[IAmNotYourFather less]] [[LaughingMad sympathetic]] (and ''Takeo'' becomes more sympathetic).
** This extends to the antagonists of ''White Ghost'' and ''Black Ghost'', the little girl Mirai murdered by her possessed uncle, and the absorbed twin of ''Black Ghost'''s central character.
* TheAlcoholic: Kobayashi may or may not be one. Kayako claims, in her diary, that Kobayashi drinks too much and that she once witnessed him throw up in the street.
* AllThereInTheManual: You won't know what happens to Tsuyoshi unless you've seen the ''4444444444'' short. Likewise, you won't know what happens to Kanna's friend Hisayo (who is mentioned, but not seen, in the first movie), unless you've seen the ''Katasumi'' short.
* AnachronicOrder: The story of every movie is told in a non-chronological order.
* AndIMustScream: The fate of every single person who is taken by the curse.
* AnyoneCanDie: More like everyone will die.
* ApocalypseHow: Heavily implied to be happening at the end of the third movie... although, since only shots of Tokyo are shown, [[MindScrew it is unknown]] [[spoiler:if the curse has spread further or not]]. Also, given the AnachronicOrder of the series, it is unknown just how far into the future this scene is.
* ApocalypseMaiden: [[spoiler: Kayako, quite possibly.]]
* AssholeVictim: Takeo ends up as one of the curse's earliest victims.
* AxCrazy: Takeo's a rather jealous sort of chap, can't you tell?
** Justified in the reboots. [[spoiler: Toshio's really not his son, after all]].
* BedmateReveal: Played with (well, sort of) in the freakiest way possible.
* BigBad: Kayako, with Toshio serving as her [[TheDragon Dragon]].
** In the reboots, [[spoiler: their roles are reversed.]]
** ''White Ghost'' and ''Black Ghost'' each have separate ones since their stories are unrelated to the Saeki family. Mirai serves as one in the former, while Fukie's EvilTwin does the job in the latter.
* BigLittleSister: Yui is noticeably taller than her older sister, Mai. Midori to Yayoi, too, but that's because [[spoiler: the middle school-aged Yayoi had died when Midori was still a toddler, so we didn't get to see her fully grow up.]]
* BigSisterInstinct: Mai will stop at nothing in search for her missing sister, Yui. Even when Kyosuke already tells her to ''get off the Nerima house case as far as she can''.
* BittersweetEnding: ''White Ghost'' has one, probably the ''only'' time where at least one of our main protagonists come out of the hauntings relatively unscathed. Our leading lady (girl?), Akane, is haunted by her guilt of letting her childhood friend, Mirai, abused and [[OffWithHisHead murdered horrifically]] by her uncle. At the end, [[spoiler: Akane apologizes to Mirai, and the latter in turn leaves her bear keychain before disappearing for good, having forgiven her. She doesn't want to kill her friend after all.]] [[HeartwarmingMoments Warm feelings...]]
* BodyHorror: Kanna in the first movie ([[spoiler:she loses her lower jaw]]), and Kyoko in the fourth... [[spoiler:when Kayako emerges from her womb]]. Also occurs briefly towards the end of the third movie when Rika has a vision of Kayako tearing her way out of her chest.
* BodySurf: [[spoiler: Toshio]] in the reboots, is revealed to have this.
* BreakTheCutie: Most of the characters, but particularly Rika, Izumi and Chiharu.
* BrokenSmile: Izumi (combined with a healthy dosage of SlasherSmile), during her FreakOut.
* ButICantBePregnant: A version of this trope occurs in the novel - prior to the Saeki murders, Takeo and Kayako are trying for another child, but, no matter how hard they try, Kayako cannot get pregnant. So, Takeo goes to the doctor... only to be told that he has a low sperm count. Given his jealous and insecure nature, this is one of the things that drives him to believe that Toshio is not his son. The fact that it is possible to concieve a child with a low sperm count (though it is rare) apparently doesn't occur to him. Then again, he isn't really thinking rationally at his point. This plot is recycled in ''The Beginning of The End'', except this time, [[spoiler: he's right]].
** A much more disturbing version of this trope occurs in the fourth movie. At the beginning of the film, Kyoko and Masashi are involved in a car crash (thanks to Toshio's little visit) which causes Kyoko to miscarry their child. Later on, however, her doctor assures her of a healthy pregnancy, which understandably causes her some confusion. [[spoiler: Congratulations, Kyoko... it's a gir-ARGHGODWHATISTHATRUNFORYOURLIIIIIVES.]]
* CatsAreMean: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], given that said cat is a part of the curse.
* CatScare: ''Literally'', considering that Toshio's pet cat, Mar, is also part of the curse. He often pops out for the occasional scare.
** Played with in the first TV movie, where toy cats are ''staring'' at Yuki. She is so creeped out that she has to turn the toys away, but it looks like they were moved to look at her.
* CeilingCorpse: A variation in ''The Final''. Midori gets her sister throw her upwards so hard that ''her head'' gets stuck in the ceiling.
* ChangingOfTheGuard: The protagonist of ''The Final'' is Mai, the older sister of Yui, the protagonist of its preceding film, ''The Beginning of the End''.
* [[ClingyJealousGirl Clingy Jealous Guy]]: In the novel, Takeo, before he became a full-blown GreenEyedMonster.
* ContinuityNod: The "feeding the rabbits at school" incident present in the short film ''Katasumi'' is referenced in the first TV movie. In the same movie, Mizuho finds the mysterious mobile phone left behind by Tsuyoshi in the other short film, ''4444444444''.
** Also, in the first movie, Takeo's death is shown when Kayako's ghost claims him on the street. In the third and fourth movies, the fact that his body was discovered on the street is mentioned.
** In the fourth movie, Keisuke discovers several letters addressed to "Tokunaga" inside the Nerima house. Those letters are in fact the same ones that Kazumi took from the mailbox in the third film. Since almost a decade has passed between the two films (evidenced by the appearance of Chiharu, who's Izumi's high school friend), either they're the product of the house's time-travel thingy or people are just too afraid to enter the house and remove the letters.
* CradlingYourKill: [[spoiler: Kayako does this to Nobuyuki in the second film.]]
* CreatorCameo: Well, sort of. Kayako's death rattles are provided by Takashi Shimizu.
* CreepyChild: Toshio. Enough said.
** Also, [[spoiler:the reincarnated child-form of [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Kayako/child who is possessed by Kayako]] ([[MindScrew it's never made exactly clear]])]] at the end of the second theatrical movie.
** In ''Black Ghost'', there's something...off about Fukie, even before [[spoiler: her EvilTwin takes over.]] Once [[spoiler: the latter event happens, well, the creepiness turns UpToEleven.]]
** In ''The Final'', there's Ena, who's like Fukie v.2, from having psychic powers, to not talking much, and, eventually, [[spoiler: becoming possessed by a spirit.]]
* CreepyMonotone: Toshio speaks like this, on the very few occasions that he is heard to speak. Kayako's soft "Kobayashi-kun..." towards the end of the first film also borders on this trope.
** In the reboots, Kayako wasn't always like this. Post-mortem Kayako will speak like this whenever others are lucky enough to meet her in her human form. In contrast, while in pre-mortem, Kayako's a certified GenkiGirl.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: The death of [[spoiler:Kanna]], though offscreen, is pretty horrific - but it's somehow even ''worse'' in the manga. [[spoiler:Seriously, having a bunch of possessed cats ripping your jaw from your face has ''got'' to suck. And they don't even use their ''claws''.]]
** Kayako's death. Not only does she have her neck broken by her own husband, she also has to endure being left paralysed in a plastic sack for an unknown (to the audience) amount of time before said husband returns with a utility knife... [[spoiler:(By extension, Rika's death also counts.)]]
** Hisayo's death, also offscreen, also counts. Although her body is never shown (the only thing the audience gets to see is a bloodstained blanket covering a ghastly, misshapen lump), it is mentioned that she was found dismembered, and appears to have been "twisted and torn by some unnatural force".
** Reo in ''The Final''. [[spoiler: Kayako breaks her spine by slowly moving her downward.]]
* CuriosityKilledTheCast: Played with. While going into the house will definitely curse you, [[ParanoiaFuel simply unknowingly going into an area where the curse has spread to, or interacting with a cursed individual will]] ''[[ParanoiaFuel also]]'' [[ParanoiaFuel curse you]].
* CuteKitten: Averted in the case of Mar.
* CuteMonsterGirl: Kayako. Toshio, too, though he's more on the adorable side (he's about 6, mind you).
* DarknessEqualsDeath: Although a lot of the deaths happen in bright daylight, some occur in (of course) the attic of the house, and in assorted dark rooms. In addition to that, the curse also seems able to cause electric lights to suddenly stop working (perhaps the creepiest example of this is in Yuki's segment in the first movie).
* DaylightHorror: A lot of the scarier scenes happen in the daytime.
* DeathByChildbirth: Averted in the sense that [[spoiler:it isn't the ''mother'' who dies... just everybody who happens to witness the birth at the time]].
* DeathByFallingOver: [[spoiler:Kyoko Harase]], although in her case it definitely ''wasn't'' an accidental death.
* DeathByLookingUp: Played with during [[spoiler:Kobayashi]]'s death scene - he doesn't die from anything falling on him, but he does die after he looks up and sees Kayako staring down at him, [[UncannyValley and she moves in for the kill with freakish speed]].
* DemonicPossession: Kayako, Takeo, and Toshio are all capable of this.
** Atsushi Isobe is implied to have been possessed in ''White Ghost'', causing him to sexually abuse his niece Mirai and then murdering his family.
* DemotedToExtra: Of all people, Kayako gets much less screen time in ''The Beginning of the End'', mainly because [[spoiler: Toshio takes over her usual role as the BigBad.]] She only appears once in her ghost form at the end, [[spoiler: helping Toshio corner Yui,]] and ''doesn't kill anyone'' in the film.
** She's finally promoted to be more villainlike in ''The Final''. Sure, she's still not the BigBad, but at least she gets to rack up several kills, [[spoiler: including the last one.]]
* DieLaughing: [[spoiler: Kayako in the seventh film. Laughing while having her neck snapped, yeah.]]
* DirtyOldMan: Subverted - it ''initially'' looks as though Saitô (the old man in the wheelchair) is perving over Rika's ass - until it is revealed that he is playing "peekaboo" with what [[FreezeFrameBonus appears to be thin air]]...
* DownerEnding: [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Every. Single. Installment.]] Except for ''White Ghost'', which is more [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet]] (see above), and ''The Beginning of the End'', which is... [[GainaxEnding puzzling]] (see below).
** ''Ju-on: The Curse'' - [[spoiler: Kobayashi loses both his wife and unborn daughter to Takeo and soon gets killed by Kayako. The entire Murakami family, except for the father, plus Yuki, succumb to the curse. The house is having a new owner, whose seller's paranormal sister, Kyoko, senses that they will eventually fall to the curse as well.]]
** ''Ju-on: The Curse 2'' - [[spoiler: The entire Suzuki family (Kyoko, Tatsuya, their parents, Tatsuya's son Nobuyuki) are killed by the curse. The curse also claims two survivors from the previous film: Kamio and Yoshikawa ([[KickTheDog and his wife]]).]]
** ''Ju-on: The Grudge'' - [[spoiler: [[RunningGag The entire Tokunaga family perishes to the curse]], and what is left of the Toyama family is the wife, who has to watch both her husband and daughter going mad before their eventual death by the curse. Oh, and Rika is destined to play the curse, too - after she has died, of course.]]
** ''Ju-on: The Grudge 2'' - [[spoiler: Everyone in the set meets their doom as soon as they step inside the house. Kyoko's husband commits suicide, while Kyoko herself gives birth to Kayako and becomes her servant before [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness she gets offed as well.]]]]
** ''Ju-on: Black Ghost'' - [[spoiler: Fukie's EvilTwin takes over her body and kills her aunt, Mariko ([[KickTheDog and her completely innocent husband and son]]), before getting killed by her mother, Kiwako, in a double suicide, which only [[NiceJobBreakingItHero worsens the curse, as this means that Fukie's twin now can roam free of her mortal body.]] She then proceeds to kill her nurse, Yuko, and the latter's neighbor, Tetsuya.]]
** And finally, ''Ju-on: The Final'', where [[spoiler: every other single main character, except for Kyosuke Takeda ([[{{Badass}} who not only manages to live for over 10 years and counting after having first contacted the curse, but is able to warn the protagonists of it]], [[IdiotBall futilely, of course]]) are killed, and the last shot of the film is our last protagonist, Mai, who can only watch helplessly as Kayako, now jawless (!) comes closer to her for her inevitable death.]] So yes, the series started and ended with a downer note, and indeed, there's no stopping of Kayako and Toshio once they're in to hunt you...
%%* ElevatorSnare: A supernatural example in the third film. - ZCE
* [[EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether Everyone Went to College Together]]: Kayako attended college with Kobayashi and his future wife Manami.
* [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas Even Creepy Dead Boys Love Their Mamas]]: Toshio to Kayako, especially in the first movie and the manga.
* EvilLaugh: Kayako, combined with [[spoiler: DieLaughing]] in the seventh film, [[spoiler: after Takeo found out that she has been lying to him about Toshio's parentage.]] Yes, ''Kayako''.
** Reo and her mother, [[spoiler: after their death]], do this to Mai in the eighth film. Combined with the lighting that turns their faces into ScaryFlashlightFace, [[UncannyValley it's incredibly unsettling]].
* EvilPhone
* EvilTwin: Fukie has one in ''Black Ghost''.
* ExpressDelivery: And how. [[spoiler:Kyoko, who is nowhere near full-term, starts going into labour the ''moment'' she encounters Kayako for the first time.]] Also, given that it isn't made clear just how far into the future the end of the film is [[spoiler:it is entirely possible that the child aged ''really'' fast thanks to the curse's influence, instead of aging naturally - so the film could be set not too long after the birth, instead of several years.]]
* FaceFullOfAlienWingWong: In the fourth movie, the curse manages to [[spoiler:impregnate Kyoko with Kayako (or a child possessed by her, at least)]].
* FaceRevealingTurn: [[spoiler:Kanna.]]
* TheFaceless: The face of [[spoiler: Kyoko's child]] is never clearly shown.
* FacialHorror: [[spoiler: Kanna missing her bottom jaw.]]
* FanDisservice / FanService: The shower scene in the third movie is a combination of both. Replayed in the seventh film, courtesy of Yui.
* FatalFamilyPhoto: Jeez, Midori, do you really need to pull out a photo, just to establish to the audience that you're the younger sister of Yayoi? Because your sister's going to do the killing, real fast...
* FeministFantasy: Swap fantasy with horror and replace ActionGirl with TheEveryman. More than 80% of the characters are female, either as heroes, victims, and background characters, and the main villain is also a female. Male characters do take part a few times as protagonists (and one is a GreaterScopeVillain of the series), but even if they are, all films are headlined by the females (Kyoko in both ''The Curse'' and ''The Curse 2'', Rika in ''The Grudge'', Kyoko (no relation to the first) in ''The Grudge 2'', Akane in ''White Ghost'', Kiwako and Mariko in ''Black Ghost'', Yui in ''The Beginning of the End'', and Mai in ''The Final''). All films of the series also passed UsefulNotes/TheBechdelTest. This seems to be a trend with J-Horrors in general.
* FetusTerrible: Used in the fourth movie.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Throughout the fourth movie, Toshio repeatedly shows himself to be placing his hand on [[spoiler:Kyoko's stomach]]. When one takes the ending into account, it becomes chillingly obvious why.
** Not to mention the entire "Tomoka" vignette in the same movie. When the reason for the mysterious "banging" on her wall every night is revealed, it's downright horrifying.
** Chiharu's vignette from the same movie, too. The very beginning of it is an ominous, grainy, almost dreamlike [[POVCam POV sequence]], accompanied by feminine breathing, as if it was being seen through the eyes of someone floating above the city and, ultimately, into the Saeki house. Now consider the [[MindScrew mind-screwy]] [[TheReveal reveal]] at the end of this vignette. The aforementioned [[POVCam POV sequence]] becomes FridgeHorror when one takes into account the very similar sequence that happens at the beginning of the film.
** The "wig room" scenes from the same movie. When Megumi arranges the wigs and starts brushing them, [[FreezeFrameBonus one of the wigs is suddenly much,]] ''[[FreezeFrameBonus much]]'' [[FreezeFrameBonus longer than it was when she first placed it on the mannequin]] - in fact, it is much the same length as Kayako's hair. Megumi doesn't become aware of this, and a little while later the wig is mysteriously back to its normal length. Of course, this is the same wig that Kayako shortly emerges from to kill Megumi.
** You might not notice due to the JumpScare, but all of the deaths in ''The Beginning Of The End'' are done by a single person: Toshio. [[spoiler: It's to show you who the real cause of the curse is]].
* FourIsDeath: "4444444444" is ''not'' a number you want to see on your cell phone.
* FreakOut: Takeo has one of deadly proportions when he mistakenly believes Kayako to be having an affair and assumes that Toshio is not his biological son.
** Not to mention Izumi's equally frightening and heartbreaking one from the third movie.
* FreezeFrameBonus: Happens a ''lot'' in this series, most notably in the first film - the ''very first'' time Kayako is seen in ghost form is during the first scene with [[spoiler:Kobayashi at the house, when Toshio is meowing behind him - when the scene cuts to a very brief shot of the house's exterior, Kayako can be seen walking onto the balcony]]. She is quite difficult to spot before the scene abruptly cuts out, not least because the viewer is most likely distracted by Toshio at this point.
** In the third movie, it is quite hard to spot just who Saitô is playing "peekaboo" with, unless you concentrate on the reflection in the glass door as he and Rika approach - turns out that Toshio's tagging along, too. He's only visible for about a second.
** Keen-eyed viewers will notice an ominous black shape in the mirror during the "wig room" scene in the fourth movie, which then silently moves behind the curtain when Megumi isn't looking.
** In the earlier scene in which Megumi returns to the house to collect something, it is quite difficult to spot the dark shape of Kayako sitting on the floor if you're watching the film on a TV with a low brightness setting.
** Also from the fourth movie: When Keisuke wakes up in the monitor room after unexpectedly dozing off in his seat, look behind him. He ducks his head down almost out of shot - nothing behind him. He moves his head back into shot and then leaves the room - and [[OffscreenTeleportation suddenly Kayako is standing right there]]. She is slightly out-of-focus and only visible for a couple of seconds.
** The fourth movie loves this trope. Another example can be seen near the beginning of Tomoka's vignette. When her drink suddenly tips onto her script, it appears as Kayako's blood-splattered journal for a couple of seconds.
* FryingPanOfDoom: At the beginning of the second movie.
* FullFrontalAssault: In ghost form, Toshio is either this or he's wearing an underwear. It's played for creepiness, since he's a pale-white young boy.
* GainaxEnding: ''Ju-on: The Beginning of The End'', oh so much. [[spoiler: So after most of the main characters are killed, we're left to the main heroine, Yui, who's trapped by Kayako and Toshio in the house, only to [[AllJustADream suddenly wake up at her apartment, as if everything is just in her head.]] [[OrWasItADream But then, she goes out and sees her boyfriend,]] [[NeckSnap his head still going the other way.]]]] Blam! That's how the movie ends.
* GenkiGirl: The films have several.
** Kanna.
** Tomoka. She's a presenter, after all. Her boyfriend, Noritaka, also has shades of this.
** Mirai.
** In the reboots, believe it or not, Kayako! At least before [[spoiler: her inability to have a child screwed her up and made her a mild AxCrazy.]]
* GhostlyGoals: The second type, though not by choice.
* GigglingVillain: In the one of the last shots of the series, [[spoiler: Yui]] does this in front of [[spoiler: Mai]], shortly before [[spoiler: she's fully consumed by Kayako]].
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:Kyoko Harase]].
* {{Gorn}}: Mostly avoided, although [[spoiler:Kanna's]] death counts - in spite of the obviously cheap special effects (justified, since that movie ''was'' made on a low budget), it still manages to be horribly unsettling.
** In the manga, [[BloodierAndGorier her death and the events surrounding her]] are even ''worse'' - not only do we see her [[spoiler:face start to rip]], after she appears to her mother [[spoiler:sans jaw]], her mother becomes possessed. Later, when her husband returns home, he discovers that his now very-possessed wife is cooking a meal - made out of [[spoiler:[[ImAHumanitarian Kanna's now-dismembered body]], with her jawless head lying on the table]]. [[FromBadToWorse To make matters even worse]], Kanna's mother then starts [[spoiler:chopping up her ''own arm'']] while being completely and utterly nonchalant about the whole thing.
* GratuitousRape: Towards the end of the novel adaptation, Takeo inexplicably rapes Rika.
* GreaterScopeVillain: Yes, Kayako and Toshio might be the main villains, but what drove them to do this was because Takeo murdered them. He's dead shortly after the start of the series, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard courtesy of Kayako]].
** In the reboots, [[spoiler: Toshio Yamaga]].
* GreenEyedMonster: Takeo, and his jealousy is so great that it drives him to insanity and murder. Taken to more of an extreme in the novel, in which he even gets angry (though non-violently) when Kayako mentions that she likes a TV actor.
** Kayako also has shades of this - in her diary she expresses bitter jealousy towards Kobayashi's wife Manami, referring to her as "that bitch".
* HandInTheHole
* HeroicBSOD: Toyama, and later Izumi, suffer these after being exposed to the curse. Izumi's mother also becomes depressed and withdrawn after the death of her husband.
** Rika suffers one after she encounters Kayako for the first time - although her reaction afterwards could also be due to the fact that this is when [[spoiler:Kayako's possession of her]] begins.
** Kyoko Suzuki also becomes completely insane after [[spoiler:Takeo shows her how he murdered Manami, although her insanity is suggested to be a combination of this event and DemonicPossession]].
** The ''other'' Kyoko shuts down for a while after the Toshio-induced car crash at the beginning of the fourth movie - understandable, since it puts Masashi in a coma and causes her miscarriage. Later, she shuts down mentally after [[spoiler:giving birth to her horrific offspring]] - although this could also be interpreted as DemonicPossession (or perhaps both).
** Kobayashi just silently slumps to the ground in shock after [[spoiler:Takeo kills Manami and their unborn child.]]
* HotTeacher: Mariko from the third film and Yui from the seventh film (portrayed by a real-life glamour model, people). Kayako also certainly thinks that Kobayashi is one, although she had a crush on him long before he became a teacher.
* {{Housewife}}: Kayako (before she was murdered and became a really, really angry ghost, anyway).
* ImpendingDoomPOV - Used to chilling effect in the first movie (the attic scene), and also at the beginning of the second theatrical movie (the car crash scene).
* InfantImmortality: Averted with Toshio, and with [[spoiler:Manami and Kobayashi's unborn child]]. That's right, not even [[spoiler:a ''fetus'']] survives this series.
** Also averted with Mirai, who didn't get spared from [[spoiler: ''[[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath having her head chopped off by a chainsaw]]'']]. Fukie, too, except unconventionally ([[spoiler: her spirit gets expelled from her body, so she still kind off exists in this world]]).
* JawBreaker: [[spoiler:Kanna]] suffers this. [[spoiler: Aoi]] too.
** [[spoiler: Kayako sports this appearance as she is about to kill Mai at the end of the eighth film.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: The teacher from Mizuho's vignette.
* JumpScare: Many and varied.
* KickTheDog: Takeo's murder of [[spoiler:Manami and subsequent removal of her unborn child]], then the fact that he actually phoned [[spoiler:Kobayashi]] to tell him what he'd done is a particularly extreme example.
* KillEmAll: There is ''no way'' to escape the curse. It may kill some characters quickly, in some cases it may wait (in [[spoiler:Rika's]] case, for ''years'' at a time), but it ''will'' eventually get them.
* KillItWithFire: Toyama attempts to burn down the house in the third movie, but it doesn't work. Namely because he gets distracted by the curse's [[TimeTravel time distortion]] and then [[FreakOut freaks out]] when he sees Kayako coming for him.
* KillTheCutie: That is, kill ''all'' the cuties.
* KissOfDeath: [[spoiler:While Kayako doesn't physically kiss him, Kobayashi's death has shades of this.]]
* KubrickStare: [[spoiler:Katsuya, during his DemonicPossession.]]
* LaughingMad: Takeo, at the end of his phone call to [[spoiler:Kobayashi.]]
* LetsYouAndHimFight: The premise of ''Sadako vs. Kayako''. In order to save two girls, each cursed by one of the titular ghosts, a psychic plans on inciting both of them to fight each other, hoping that the resulting conflict will mutually expunge both curses.
** [[spoiler:Not only does it not work, but Sadako and Kayako end up [[NiceJobBreakingItHero FUSING INTO ONE BEING.]]]]
* LicensedGame: The Wii game.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* MadeForTVMovie: The first two films.
* MamaBear: The final film reveals another trait of Kayako: ''never ever'' try to hurt Toshio. [[spoiler: Reo, or rather, [[CruelAndUnusualDeath her spine]], sure learns her lesson the hard way. Sota, too.]]
* MarionetteMotion: Kayako almost exclusively moves like this.
* MatchlightDangerRevelation: Yuki switching on her lighter in the attic in the first V-Cinema film. ''BAM''.
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: The elevator scene in the first theatrical movie. Also, the scene in the second theatrical movie, in which [[spoiler:a haunting/past event plays out behind the oblivious Kyoko, depicting Kayako and Toshio in happier times]].
** In Toshio's first scene in the first movie, while Kobayashi looks outside, [[spoiler:meowing is heard. We see Toshio's face and it's clearly him doing the meowing.]]
* MindRape: In the second movie, Takeo does this to [[spoiler:Kyoko Suzuki]], driving her completely insane by forcing her watch what he did to [[spoiler:Manami]].
* MindScrew: All of the films, but especially the fourth movie.
** In-universe, the curse itself ''loves'' to screw with the minds of its victims, both before ''and'' after killing them. (The case of [[spoiler:Chiharu]] is a notable example.)
* MirrorScare
* NeckSnap: It is a combination of this and being slashed with a knife that kills Kayako. Also happens to [[spoiler:Rika]] at the end of the third movie.
** Toshio does this to [[spoiler: Naoto]] in the seventh film.
* NeverFoundTheBody: Toshio's body was never found - he just disappeared, much like several victims of the curse, who end up getting pulled into ''nowhere'' (such as [[spoiler:Hitomi]] and [[spoiler:Izumi]]).
* NewHouseNewProblems: Woe betide anyone who moves into/enters the cursed house...
** [[FromBadToWorse To make matters worse]], the curse is ''spread'' when those who have entered the house come into contact with those who have nothing ''whatsoever'' to do with the house. This is made explicit when the [[RedShirt security guard]] from Hitomi's workplace is consumed by the curse.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In ''The Final'', Kyosuke Takeda has finally managed to destroy the bewitched Saeki house, so the curse finally ends, right? Then a certain single mother has the [[SarcasmMode bright idea]] to [[spoiler: adopt Toshio, who then spreads the curse to his surroundings, transforming ''her'' house into another cursed house...]]
** Kiwako does this in ''Black Ghost'', [[spoiler: with her decision to kill Fukie's mortal body. No, it won't stop Fukie's twin rampage. It ''worsens'' it.]]
* NightmareSequence: Rika has one in the third movie (involving lots of cats).
* NotMeThisTime: The [[spoiler: deaths of the four teenagers]] in ''The Beginning of the End'' are caused by [[spoiler: Toshio and ''only'' Toshio; Kayako doesn't come into the picture until a year after this incident happen.]]
* NothingIsScarier
* OffWithHisHead: Poor [[KillTheCutie Mirai]]...
* OffscreenTeleportation
* OhAndXDies: Due to the AnachronicOrder of the series' chapters, [[spoiler:Rika]]'s death is mentioned in Izumi's chapter, quite a while before her death is even shown (her body is seen at [[spoiler:the end of the third film]]). Mind you, since [[KillEmAll there is no known way to survive the curse]], it's pretty much a ForegoneConclusion that she dies, but, still.
* OhCrap: Takeo has a moment like this in the first film, when he realises that, just because his wife is dead, it isn't stopping her from exacting vengeance...
** In the third film, Rika has such a moment when she realises that Mariko is calling from the Saeki house. Later, she has another OhCrap moment when [[spoiler:Takeo is coming for her.]]
* [[OminousLatinChanting Ominous Chanting]]: Used a few times in the soundtracks, to disturbing effect. Examples include the scene from the third when [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qb_FuzAX4Z0 Rika first encounters Kayako]] (ignore the fact that the video title is "Ju-On 2"), and the scene from the fourth when [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etsF_CMei4A Chiharu is completely losing her mind]].
* OminousMusicBoxTune: Also used a few times in the soundtracks.
* OnceMoreWithClarity: Third movie: After TheReveal that [[spoiler:Rika has been possessed by Kayako]], previous scenes featuring Kayako are played out again, except this time [[spoiler:Kayako has been replaced with Rika in full StringyHairedGhostGirl mode.]]
* OneSteveLimit: Subverted. There are two characters called Kyoko in the franchise. The first (Kyoko Suzuki) appears in the first two movies, whilst the second one (Kyoko Harase) is the protagonist of the fourth. Subverted in Japanese, since the kanji spelling of their name is different (compare 響子 (Suzuki) and 京子 (Harase)).
** There are also two characters named Mariko, the first being Rika's friend in ''The Curse'', while the second is one of the protagonists of ''Black Ghost''. This time, the kanji spelling of their name is the exact same (真理子).
* OrificeInvasion: In the manga version of the first movie, this is how Kanna meets her end, when a bunch of possessed cats leap into her mouth [[spoiler:and tear her jaw off]]. (In the movie, it is never explained how she [[spoiler:lost her jaw]], but in the short film ''Katasumi''/''In A Corner'', her ghost [[spoiler: - with her jaw still intact, for some reason -]] is seen shortly after she is attacked by Kayako, revealing that she died at school.) Kanna having her jaw intact in ''Katasumi'' could signify that her friend Hisayo mutilated her face with her trowel in self defense after the film cut to black, and that it wasn't Kayako who did that to her.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Kayako and Toshio, obviously. Add that to most other dark-haired characters who are seen after becoming curse victims (such as [[spoiler:Rika]] and [[spoiler:Kanna]]).
* PaterFamilicide
* PeekabooCorpse: The discovery of Kayako's body in the first movie.
* PleaseWakeUp: [[spoiler:Chiharu's friend Hiromi]], when the former suddenly dies.
** Also happens when [[spoiler:Kyoko discovers that her mother has died in her sleep.]]
** Done in ''The Final'', when Mai discovers [[spoiler: Sota lying dead in their apartment.]]
* POVCam: The above-mentioned ImpendingDoomPOV shots, a few non-deadly variants from Kayako's POV, and a few from Chiharu's POV in the fourth movie.
* PrehensileHair: In the second theatrical film, Kayako uses her hair to hang [[spoiler:Tomoka and Noritaka]].
* PsychicPowers: Kyoko Suzuki possesses clairvoyance to a certain degree, something her brother takes advantage of when he wishes to sell the Saeki house. After being inside the house, she is understandably reluctant for him to sell it to anyone.
** Megumi of the fourth movie [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation may or may not possess them]], to a small degree, as she is able to tell that Kyoko is pregnant. She dismisses it as being "obvious to another woman", but the implication seems to be that she possesses some sort of mild psychic power.
** Ena in ''The Final''. She is able to share her memories just by other people touching her.
* PsychoStrings: Used on a few occasions, most notably during [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOmxor6I8Ms Megumi's unfortunate demise]].
* PsychologicalHorror
* TheReveal: In ''Ju-on: The Beginning of the End'', holy shit:
** [[spoiler: The curse didn't start with the Saeki murders. It began looooong before that, like a decade before the murders happened. It's not known whether murder was involved, or just a simple error like, oh, leaving your child to succumb to the heatwave?]]
** [[spoiler: There are two Toshio. The first has the surname Yamaga, and he's the cause of the curse (the one dying in the aforementioned heatwave). The second is our one and only Toshio Saeki, who's a reincarnation of the former.]]
** [[spoiler: Toshio really was not Takeo's son. Kayako, who's frustrated by her inability to have a child with Takeo, suddenly became pregnant one day (a security footage showed that Toshio Yamaga somehow went inside her womb). So Takeo's killing became kinda justified.]]
** More additions from ''The Final'': [[spoiler: Toshio has the ability to do BodySurf. By doing this, he managed to escape Takeo's rampage and after killing him, transferred to his old body to masquerade so someone could adopt him and thus spread the curse.]]
* RoomFullOfCrazy: After [[HeroicBSOD the curse leaves a drastic effect on her mental state]], Izumi becomes a recluse, rarely leaving her bedroom, the windows of which she covers with newspaper, and keeps the curtains drawn. Repeated again in ''The Beginning of the End'', with Rina.
** Also, when Kobayashi discovers Kayako's corpse, the room features a pile of cut-up family photographs, with Kayako's face removed from all of them.
* SayMyName: Happens quite a bit.
** "MARIKO!!"
** "Masashi! MASASHI!!"
** [[CreepyMonotone "Kobayashi-kun..."]]
* ScreamDiscretionShot: Kazumi lets out a terrified scream after following Toshio into an upstairs bedroom, and the viewer does get to see an extreme close-up of her screaming face, but nothing else.
* ShootTheShaggyDog
* ShoutOut: The ending to the fourth movie (Where [[spoiler: Kayako comes out of Kyoko's birth canal and slaughters the doctors]]), might be a homage to Film/ItsAlive.
* ShowerOfAngst: Rika takes one in the third movie. She isn't alone, however...
* SlasherSmile: Toshio in the first movie only. When shown a drawing of his parents early in the movie, he does manage a rather endearing little smile, but later on, when [[spoiler:Mizuho]] encounters him... brrrr.
* SoundtrackDissonance: The third and fourth movies both end in a haunting and extremely melancholic fashion. That doesn't prevent the ending credits from having a couple of gentle pop songs at the end. (Admittedly, the songs ''are'' [[TearJerker somewhat sad]].)
* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler:Rika]] in the novel - but it is made clear that she's become possessed/influenced by the curse, [[AFateWorseThanDeath which isn't much better]].
* SpookyPhotographs: In the school trip photos depicting Izumi and her friends, their eyes are covered by mysterious black smears.
* StalkerWithACrush: Kayako towards Kobayashi.
* StringyHairedGhostGirl: Kayako. [[spoiler:Rika]] ends up as one by the end of the third movie, as well. Averted in the case of [[spoiler:Megumi]], who, while seen as a ghost on several occasions, doesn't turn into an onryo. Also averted in the case of [[spoiler:Kyoko's mother]], who, for reasons unknown, appears as a non-malevolent spirit.
* StylisticSuck: The FilmWithinAFilm that Kyoko Harase is acting in.
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: [[spoiler:Chiharu, one of Izumi's friends]] from the first theatrical film, is present in the following film, only to be killed off halfway through.
** Back in the VHS films, Kyoko, Tatsuya, and Yoshimi were originally introduced in ''The Curse''. They all succumb to the curse in its sequel, ''The Curse 2''. It's downplayed, since the two films were made to be a single story and were shot back-to-back, only DividedForPublication.
** [[spoiler: Yui's]] fate was left ambiguous in ''The Beginning of the End'', since all we see of [[spoiler: her is waking up from her supposed dream to meet her still-decapitated boyfriend.]] Come ''The Final'', and [[spoiler: we see that she has indeed fallen to the curse, since Kayako is able to use her image to lure Mai so she can kill her.]]
* SuddenlyVoiced: Downplayed. Kayako does talk once in ''The Curse'' to Toshio, but it's offscreen and not the focus of the scene, and she also narrates the diary that Kobayashi found in her room. In the last two reboot films, however, she is shown to hold full conversations with other, living characters, and the two films in general made her more human (but still murderous of course).
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler: Kiwako decides to commit suicide alongside her daughter, Fukie's mortal body, which contains her other daughter's spirit (Fukie's spirit having been expelled) to end her rampage. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Unfortunately, it only succeeds in killing the mortal body, as her spirit is able to roam free]].]]
* TearsOfBlood: Kayako is sometimes seen with blood trickling out of her eyes, notably during her actual death. [[spoiler:Rika]] also seems to be crying blood at the end of the third movie.
* TimeSkip: In the third film, the "Izumi" and "Kayako" vignettes are set several years after the rest of the film. The fourth film is [[MindScrew a bit more ambiguous]] if there is a TimeSkip or not (see ExpressDelivery above).
** Done in ''White Ghost''. The film is set in two different timelines, though it's quite easy to distinguish the stories. "Akane" and the epilogue is set a decade after the murders; everything else is set before or after the murders.
** Zigzagged in ''The Beginning of the End''. The film is set in two different time periods: one set in 2004, and the other in 2014. A brief scene is also set in 1995. The vignettes constantly switch back and forth between the periods and which stories are set in which timeline are not fully explained until near the film's end.
* TimeTravel: Sort of. The nature of the curse can cause the past, present and future to merge temporarily.
* TwistEnding: The third movie features one of these. It is revealed that [[spoiler:Rika has, throughout most of the movie, been "possessed", of sorts, by Kayako, and is destined to suffer the same fate as Kayako and therefore "become" her, in a sense]]. (It's all a bit of a MindScrew.) A similar ending is presented in the [[TheGrudge US remake sequel]].
* TookALevelInBadass: Toshio in the reboots, big time. He ''single-handedly done all the killings'' in ''The Beginning of the End'', and also racks up a good one in ''The Final'', when he's primarily an annoyance in the original continuity. He also gains many more powers, including [[spoiler: BodySurf. As expected of the true BigBad.]]
* TwitchyEye: Rika develops one after encountering Kayako for the first time, and it keeps twitching intermittently throughout the third film (usually whenever ghostly activity is going on around her). WordOfGod says that this is one of the signs that she has [[spoiler:become possessed]].
* {{Typecasting}}: In-universe examples: Kyoko, an actress primarily known for horror films, complains about being typecast as "the Queen of Horror" near the beginning of the fourth movie. Megumi also complains that she is always being cast as a ghost in TV productions, [[NeverLiveItDown after playing one in one of Keisuke's TV shows]].
* UndeadChild: Take a wild guess.
* VaderBreath: Takeo's heavy, unsettling breathing can be heard in the third movie when he [[spoiler:possesses Katsuya]].
* VersusTitle: ''Sadako vs. Kayako''.
* TheVoiceless: For the most part, the only sound Kayako makes is her death rattle, having had her neck broken and throat crushed before she died. There are a few exceptions, though: in the third movie she starts to emit agonised moans when [[spoiler:approaching Rika]], and, in the first movie, she can be heard having a faint conversation with Toshio, as well as speaking Kobayashi's name on a couple of occasions.
** The noise she makes might not even be her death rattle - it's the same sound as the clicking of the utility knife that killed her.
* [[WhamEpisode Wham Moment]]: The ending of the third movie, in which Rika realises just what the curse has in store for her. The ending of the fourth movie, also counts, when it reveals the reason why [[spoiler:Kyoko is still pregnant, and what - or rather ''who'' - she is pregnant with]]...
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The fourth film continues the story of Izumi's friend Chiharu, who was a minor character in the third film. However, what happened to Izumi's other friend, Miyuki, is a mystery.
* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Cats]]: Yuki has an intense phobia of cats. Mar (Toshio's cat) uses this to his advantage.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: The multiplayer component of ''Haunted House Simulator'' has the second player control the haunting to a limited degree.
* WomanInWhite: Kayako.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Kayako.
* {{Yandere}}: Takeo is a rather {{Ax Crazy}} one.
** Kayako towards Kobayashi.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Likely the reason [[spoiler:Kyoko Harase]] is killed.
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