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'''Note: This page is for the American franchise only. For the Japanese series of films, see ''JuOn''.'''

''The Grudge'' is the 2004 American remake of the Japanese film ''JuOn: The Grudge'', with added elements from ''JuOn: The Curse''. The film was released in North America on October 22, 2004 by Columbia Pictures, and is directed by TakashiShimizu (director of the original series) while Creator/SamRaimi produced and Stephen Susco scripted. In the same tradition as the original series, the plot of the film is told through a [[AnachronicOrder non-linear sequence of events]] and includes several intersecting subplots. The film has spawned two sequels: ''The Grudge 2'' (which was released on October 13, 2006) and ''The Grudge 3'' (released direct-to-DVD on May 12, 2009, after having the original release date pushed back), this time directed by Toby Wilkins with Shimizu as executive producer. Also, a fourth film is planned (with Shimizu supervising).

There is also a collection of short films, entitled ''Tales of the Grudge'', which were used to promote the second film. These shorts are included on the Director's Cut edition of ''The Grudge 2'' DVD.

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* AbusiveParents: Mrs. Davies is emotionally abusive towards Aubrey, [[ParentalFavoritism clearly favouring Karen over her]]. Also, Kayako's mother [[spoiler:"fed" evil spirits to her daughter when she was a child. The former's death at the latter's hands could be seen as Kayako's revenge for what her mother did to her.]]
* AlphaBitch: Vanessa.
* AnachronicOrder: As in the Japanese originals, the first two films consist of segments shown out of chronological order. The third movie follows a standard linear narrative instead.
* AndIMustScream: The fate of every single person who is taken by the curse.
* AnyoneCanDie
* AssholeVictim: Played with, in that most of the curse's victims are decent people who are in the wrong place at the wrong time. However, some victims, such as Takeo (who has the dubious honour of being the curse's very first victim) and Vanessa, qualify for this trope.
* AxCrazy: Takeo, after discovering his wife's diary. He remains just as violent after death.
* BedmateReveal: Played with (well, sort of) in the freakiest way possible.
* BlondesAreEvil: Probably stretching this a ''bit'', but Vanessa is most certainly not a pleasant person. (Perhaps played a little more straight when [[spoiler:she becomes a part of the curse]].)
** Same with [[spoiler:the principal when she too becomes a part of the curse]].
* BloodFromTheMouth: Kayako after having her neck snapped.
* BloodMagic: Kayako's sister, Naoko, claims the curse can be lifted via an exorcism ritual that ends with a willing witness consuming Kayako's blood. [[spoiler:It doesn't work.]]
* BloodSplatteredInnocents: Not only does poor Aubrey actually witness [[spoiler:Karen's death]], but she gets splattered with her blood as well. Ouch.
* BloodierAndGorier: Many of the deaths in ''The Grudge 3'' are bloodier than the deaths in the previous installments (not counting [[spoiler:Yoko]], obviously).
* BodyHorror: Similar to the original Japanese movie series, a particular type of BodyHorror is used for the death of [[spoiler:Yoko]]. A similar example of BodyHorror is seen in the alternate/extended ending to the sequel (in which [[spoiler:Karen and Aubrey's mother]] dies in a very similar way to [[spoiler:Yoko]]).
** The death of [[spoiler:Gretchen]] in the third movie.
** The brief sight of Kayako's fingers emerging from the back of Karen's head in the first movie.
* BreakTheCutie: Several characters, but most notably Allison.
* BreakTheHaughty: Vanessa.
* BringMyBrownPants: Vanessa wets herself after being menaced by Kayako in her school changing room (and who can blame her, really?).
* BrokenBird: Peter Kirk's wife, Maria, by the time Karen seeks her out. Losing her husband in an apparent suicide was evidently not kind to her.
* TheBully: Vanessa. Not even her fellow bully Miyuki is safe from her cruelty.
* [[CallingTheOldManOut Calling The Old Woman Out]]: Towards the end of ''The Grudge 2'', Aubrey ''finally'' tells her mother how she really feels. [[spoiler:Sadly, it's the last time they ever speak.]]
* CassandraTruth: Dr. Sullivan doesn't believe Jake's claims that his family was killed by a curse - until Jake himself dies under unexplainable ([[CruelAndUnusualDeath and downright horrible]]) circumstances.
* TheCastShowoff: Takako Fuji really can [[MarionetteMotion move like that]], and has said in an interview that she sometimes likes to pull out her Kayako-moves to freak people out at parties. In addition, any scene with her crawling down the stairs was done without any wirework whatsoever.
* CatScare: Considering that Toshio's pet cat is also part of the curse.
* ChaseScene: Kayako pursuing Karen through the hospital in ''The Grudge 2''; the former also pursuing Dr. Sullivan in ''The Grudge 3''.
* ChekhovsGun: Kayako's diary, the Saeki family photo, and the photo of Peter found in Kayako's diary.
* ChestBurster: Used in the alternate/extended ending of the second movie. [[spoiler:Kayako ejects herself ''violently'' from Mrs. Davies' mouth.]]
* CompositeCharacter: Detective Nakagawa shares the name and profession of Detective Nakagawa from the original ''{{Juon}}'' film series, but his personality and actions are closer to that of retired detective Toyama, also from ''{{Juon}}''. Like Toyama, he lost his colleagues to the curse, and also tries to burn the house down.
** Yoko seems to be a combination of three ''{{Juon}}'' characters: Yuki and Kanna from ''Ju-on: The Curse'', and Rika from ''Ju-on: The Grudge''. Like Yuki, she is dragged into the house's attic by Kayako; like Kanna, [[spoiler:her jaw is torn off]]; like Rika ([[WhatCouldHaveBeen with whom she was originally going to share a name]]), she is a social worker.
* ContinuityNod: From ''The Grudge 2'' to its prequel: "This is where the girl from the international college killed her boyfriend two years ago." There are also a few nods to the previous films in ''The Grudge 3''.
* CreepyChild: Toshio is the very definition of this trope. Kayako seen as a child in flashbacks is also somewhat creepy, although seriously adorable at the same time.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: The death of [[spoiler:Mrs. Davies]], as seen in a deleted scene from the second film, definitely qualifies - after a [[TearJerker tearjerking scene]] in which she mourns [[spoiler:Karen and Aubrey]], she not-so-coincidentally comes across [[spoiler:Kayako's diary]]...before having a much more severe coughing fit than usual, which results in her [[spoiler:''coughing up Kayako in the form of a giant hairball-come-eyeball, which rips her jaw off''.]] The fact that you can actually see [[spoiler:her face start to ''rip'']] makes it a lot squickier.
** The death of Gretchen in the third movie could also qualify. Yes, it's an offscreen death, but the state of her corpse when it is discovered by Max is just plain horrific - it seems that she's had her [[spoiler:[[EyeScream eyes gouged out]] and her jaw ripped off ([[SignatureMove Kayako really likes doing that to people]], doesn't she?)]].
** The death of Jake. Having [[spoiler:nearly every bone in your body twisted and snapped]] has ''got'' to suck.
** Kayako's death, too. Her own husband snaps her neck and leaves her to die (and it is also a possibility that, like in the original films, he slashed her with a utility knife, given the amount of blood on her when her body is discovered). [[spoiler:By extension, Aubrey's and Naoko's deaths apply, too.]]
** [[spoiler:Max]]'s death. [[spoiler:Naoko ''bites his throat out''.]] Considering how the latter died, it can be assumed that this is her prime method of killing.
* CuriosityKilledTheCast
* DarknessEqualsDeath: Although a lot of the deaths happen in bright daylight, some occur in 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.
* DeathByFallingOver: Peter Kirk dies when, highly likely to be under the curse's influence, he throws himself out of his apartment window. In ''The Grudge 2'', Kayako pulls [[spoiler:Karen]] off the roof of the hospital (although some speculate that Kayako may have killed her just before she fell).
* DeathBySex: Averted in the third movie, and played with in the second movie - [[spoiler:Miyuki dies in the love hotel she checks into with her boyfriend]].
* DemonicPossession: How Kayako, Toshio, Takeo, and the cat seem to affect the apartment residents in Chicago.
** There is a deleted scene from the first movie in which Matthew is possessed by Takeo. This is a recreation of a scene from the first Japanese theatrical movie.
** In the third movie, [[spoiler:Rose becomes possessed by Kayako after consuming her blood]].
* {{Determinator}}: Karen and Naoko really do give it their all to try and best the curse. [[spoiler:Sadly, their attempts only make things worse.]]
* DisconnectedByDeath: [[spoiler:Vanessa]] in the second movie.
* DownerEnding: It's impossible to survive the curse; it's only a matter of time before it claims your life.
* DrivenToSuicide: Peter, after [[spoiler:discovering just what happened in the Saeki house.]] It is later heavily implied that he was under the curse's influence when he killed himself.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Kayako and Toshio, obviously. Add that to most other dark-haired characters who are seen after becoming curse victims (such as [[spoiler:Aubrey, Miyuki and Naoko]]).
* ElevatorSnare: A supernatural example in the first film.
* EvilPhone
* EyeScream: In the third movie, Kayako kills [[spoiler:Gretchen]] (offscreen) by, amongst other things, [[spoiler:gouging out her eyes]].
* FaceRevealingTurn: [[spoiler:Yoko.]]
* FacialHorror: [[spoiler:Yoko and Gretchen]], anyone?
* FanDisservice / FanService: The shower scenes in the first and second movies and the bath scene in the third movie contain a combination of both tropes. Max's ShirtlessScene in the third movie also counts.
* FemmeFatalons: To an extent. [[spoiler:Miyuki has extremely long, blue-painted fingernails, and this carries over into her ghost form.]]
* FinalGirl: Karen in the first film and [[spoiler:Lisa]] in the third.
* FollowTheLeader: The success of ''TheRing'' was the chief reason it was remade in the States.
* ForeignRemake
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In the second movie, when Aubrey pays a visit to Kayako's mother, we see the latter, through her eyes, [[spoiler:suddenly witnessing Kayako's spirit taking the place of Aubrey, who comes and kills her]]. This could possibly be foreshadowing the ending.
** Also, in the third movie, [[spoiler:Gretchen's portrait of Rose is slashed and splattered with red paint, resembling blood, by Kayako]]. This could be foreshadowing [[spoiler:Kayako's eventual possession of Rose]].
* FreakOut: Takeo has one after discovering Kayako's huge crush on Peter.
* FreezeFrameBonus: Two occur during Susan's vignette: When Susan is in the taxi, look at one of the adverts on the back of the front passenger seat. [[RuleOfSymbolism There's a staring eye printed on one of them]]. Later, when Susan discovers she has a very unwelcome bedmate, look at the wall. For about a second, you can see Susan's shadow and... the shadow of Kayako, even though she isn't above the bedcovers.
** An in-universe example occurs in the second movie, when Eason is watching an old taped interview with Nakagawa as part of his investigation. On the recording, he notices a very brief, blink-and-you'll-miss-it shape in the corner of the door behind Nakagawa, as well as a strange noise. Cue Eason rewinding the recording and playing it in slow-motion...
* FryingPanOfDoom: Unfortunately for the ''horror'' film, its use in ''The Grudge 2'' is just ''hilarious''. The fact this is a recreation of a scene from the not-very-well-received ''Ju-on: The Curse 2'' doesn't help.
* GhostlyGoals: The second type, though not by choice.
* {{Gorn}}: Generally avoided, although [[spoiler:Yoko's]] death counts.
* GoryDiscretionShot: Kayako's prime method of killing in the third movie.
* GreenEyedMonster: Takeo, whose jealousy over his wife's crush drives him to murder.
* GrossUpCloseUp: Present a few times in the Director's Cut. Examples include a more close-up shot on the corpses of [[spoiler:Matthew and Jennifer]], a close up of Peter's face (as well as the pool of blood) after he kills himself, and a more lingering shot of [[spoiler:Yoko's disembodied jaw.]]
* HarmfulToMinors: Happens in all three films.
** Toshio witnesses Kayako's murder, shortly before being killed himself.
** After dealing with the terror and the knowledge that something is deeply, horribly wrong in the apartment block, Jake discovers his father's corpse and witnesses his possessed stepmother being drowned to death.
** Rose witnesses her beloved big brother Max becoming steadily more and more vicious as his possession gets worse, and later [[spoiler:has Kayako inhabiting her body.]]
* HellIsThatNoise: Kayako's death rattle. Also, the sound of a cat's meow has ''never'' sounded as creepy as it does in this series.
** The ghastly moaning of [[spoiler:the principal]] in ''The Grudge 2''.
** ''The Grudge 3'' brings us the sound of [[spoiler:Naoko]]'s horrible, gurgley breathing, post-death.
* HeroicBSOD: Allison suffers this after being exposed to the curse and subsequently being stalked by the ghosts of [[spoiler:Vanessa and Miyuki]].
** Max has one after [[spoiler:Takeo stops possessing him.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Rose drinking the blood]] during the climax of the third film could be seen as this, although it isn't likely she knew exactly what the consequences would be. [[SenselessSacrifice However it doesn't seem like it helped much in the long run]], and it wasn't in time to [[spoiler:save Naoko (and her death starts a new curse)]] - although it did manage to [[spoiler:save Lisa... at least for the time being. We shall see.]]
* HopeSpot: A couple of utterly merciless examples occur in ''The Grudge 3''. First, [[spoiler: it appears that Naoko's ritual (which already has a slim chance of success as it is) may work - until she is killed by Max, which starts a completely ''new'' curse.]] Second, [[spoiler: Rose goes ahead with the ritual, thus saving Lisa from becoming a victim of Kayako's wrath. However, it isn't quite over yet. Yes, the ritual ''did'' manage to seal Kayako's spirit away...the catch is, she was sealed inside Rose's body. Not only that, but it is heavily implied that being sealed away will ''not'' stop her.]]
* {{Housewife}}: Kayako (before she was killed and became a really, really angry ghost, that is).
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: [[spoiler:Naoko desperately tries to use this on Max.]] It doesn't work.
* IllGirl: Rose, who suffers from severe breathing problems and has to rely on an oxygen generator when she over-exerts herself.
* ImpendingDoomPOV: Used in a deleted/alternate scene from the first movie, which was a shot-for-shot recreation of a scene from the very first ''Ju-on''.
* InTheHood: Allison after the curse breaks her.
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: Mrs. Davies has a very nasty cough and breathing problems, although it is never mentioned what sort of illness she is suffering from. However, she doesn't die in the finished movie. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen A deleted scene does show her death]] ([[spoiler: in which her cough ''does'' actually kill her... well, sort of]]), but it's anyone's guess as to whether this will end up being canonical.
* InfantImmortality: Averted with Toshio, and [[spoiler:Jake.]] Partially averted when [[spoiler:Kayako possesses Rose]] at the end of ''The Grudge 3''.
* IntrepidReporter: Eason.
* JawBreaker: [[spoiler:Yoko]] suffers this. In the third movie, [[spoiler:Gretchen]]'s corpse is found ''sans'' lower jaw ([[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill and]] [[EyeScream eyes]]). The alternate ending to the second movie has [[spoiler:Mrs. Davies]] suffering this, too - [[{{Gorn}} on-screen]].
* JumpScare
* KickTheDog: Vanessa does much of the kicking, and the dog is usually Allison.
* KillEmAll
* KillItWithFire: Nakagawa attempts to stop the curse by burning down the house, but is killed by [[spoiler:Takeo]] before he can accomplish this. Karen attempts to finish the job, but it backfires horribly.
* KillTheCutie: That is, kill ''all'' the cuties.
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuDtoGRzYE4 The main theme]], which is heard in all three films during the opening and ending credits, and also pops up during the rest of the musical scores a few times. Then there's also the OneWomanWail that occurs throughout the second film's score.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* LogoJoke: At the beginning of ''The Grudge 2'', the ColumbiaPictures logo starts as usual, but the torch flickers, briefly causing the Torch Lady to turn into Kayako and the word "COLUMBIA" to turn into "GRUDGE 2."
* LoveHotels: Miyuki and her boyfriend go to one in ''The Grudge 2''.
* [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident Make It Look Like Suicide]]: The authorities believe that Takeo killed himself; the Director's Cut of the first film reveals that his death was, in fact, Kayako's doing.
* [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]]: Vanessa.
* MarionetteMotion: Kayako almost exclusively moves like this, as does [[spoiler:Naoko]] after her death.
* MatchlightDangerRevelation: [[GenreBlindness Obviously Yoko didn't realise that turning on a lighter in the middle of a dark attic = bad idea]].
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: The [[ElevatorSnare elevator scene]].
* MindScrew: Not quite to the extent of the original film series, but there are still several moments like this.
* MirrorScare: Several, and played with in the second film, when Kayako ''emerges'' from one.
* MissingMom: Jake and Lacey's mother.
* MyCarHatesMe: Happens in the third movie.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone / TheseHandsHaveKilled: After becoming possessed by [[spoiler:Takeo]] and subsequently killing [[spoiler:Naoko]], [[spoiler:Max]] reacts like this after the possession wears off.
* NeckSnap: How Kayako is killed. Also happens to [[spoiler:Aubrey]] in ''The Grudge 2'', and to [[spoiler:Dr. Sullivan]] in ''The Grudge 3''.
** Also subverted in ''The Grudge 3'' in that the film makes you think that this is how [[spoiler:Naoko]] is going to die... until [[spoiler:she gets ''stabbed through the back of the throat''. Admittedly, this ''does'' manage to sever her spinal chord, but it doesn't fit the trope]].
* NeverFoundTheBody: Several of the curse victims' bodies are never found by the authorities, simply because they get pulled into ''nowhere''. Notable victims include [[spoiler:Susan]], [[spoiler:Miyuki]] and [[spoiler:Allison]].
* NewHouseNewProblems: Woe betide anyone who moves into/enters the cursed house. Later, the curse isn't just limited to the house, spreading to those who have nothing to do with the house whatsoever...
** From the second movie onwards, woe betide anyone who enters/moves into/already lives in that Chicago apartment block...
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Karen setting fire to the house, thereby breaking the seal containing the curse within.
** Similarly, Naoko's ritual to contain her sister's spirit. [[spoiler:She's killed by Max]], thus starting a ''new'' grudge curse, and [[spoiler:Rose now houses Kayako's spirit]] after drinking Kayako's blood.
** In the second movie, Allison [[spoiler:catches a flight back to the US, hoping that the curse won't follow her. It does. She ends up spreading the curse to the ''apartment block'', resulting in the death of her family, Jake's family, and anyone else who enters the building,]] thus setting up the events of ''The Grudge 3''.
* NightmareFace: [[spoiler:Yoko and Gretchen.]]
* NoNameGiven: Toshio's cat is never named. According to {{Fanon}}, his name is Mar, which happens to be the name of his counterpart in the Japanese film series.
* NothingIsScarier: Used, but also averted. The first movie is ''relentless'' in showing you the ghosts.
* OffscreenTeleportation
* OhCrap: Aubrey gets a moment like this when [[spoiler:she encounters Takeo.]]
** Eason's face when [[spoiler:Kayako emerges from one of his photographs.]]
** Kayako's face when she discovers that Takeo read her diary.
* OnceMoreWithClarity: Second movie: Following [[spoiler:Aubrey sharing the same fate as Kayako]], the earlier scene with Allison being menaced in the cupboard by Kayako plays out again, only this time [[spoiler:the woman emerging from the attic is not Kayako, but Aubrey.]]
* OneWomanWail: A [[{{Leitmotif}} recurring theme]] throughout the second movie's score.
* TheOtherDarrin: As with the original ''Ju-on'' series, Toshio has been portrayed by three different actors. In the first film and in flashbacks/photographs for the second and third films, he was portrayed by Yuya Ozeki (who also portrayed the version of the character in the two theatrical ''Ju-on'' films). In the second film, he was portrayed by Ohga Tanaka. In the third film, he is portrayed by Shimba Tsuchiya. (Unfortunately, the difference is rather jarring in the third movie, as Toshio looks a lot older than in the previous films.)
** Not only that, but TakakoFuji, who has played Kayako from the very beginning of the ''Ju-on'' saga up until ''The Grudge 2'', has been replaced in ''The Grudge 3'' by Aiko Horichi (although Fuji does appear as Kayako in the third movie's flashbacks and photographs). According to [[WordOfGod Takako Fuji herself]], she was getting tired of playing the same role over and over again.
** Also, in the ''Tales of the Grudge'' shorts, Kayako is portrayed by Anna Moon.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent
* PaterFamilicide
* ParentWithNewParamour: The situation with Jake's father and his new wife Trish is a Type 2 example. It averts the WickedStepmother trope - Trish is a genuinely nice person and tries her best to get on with Jake, who feels uncomfortable with the fact that his father is with someone else. Jake's sister Lacey deals with the situation a lot better than he does.
* ParentalFavoritism: Mrs. Davies greatly favours Karen over Aubrey, and is pretty unpleasant towards the latter.
* PeekabooCorpse: Kayako's body falling from the attic in the first movie.
* PrecisionFStrike: In the third movie.
* PrehensileHair: In the director's cut of the first film, Kayako uses her hair to hang Takeo. In the second film, she [[spoiler:[[FetishFuel completely envelopes Vanessa's body with it]].]]
* PsychologicalHorror
* {{Recut}}: The Director's Cut, widely considered to be a lot better than the theatrical release due to the new scenes genuinely adding to the atmosphere and feel of the movie, including more explicit violence (most obviously the flashback showing the Saeki murders, although there are others) and deepening the characters' personalities. In addition to the extra scenes present, Susan's vignette is also switched around.
* RoomFullOfCrazy: After the [[HeroicBSOD curse drives her crazy]], Allison becomes a recluse, rarely leaving her bedroom, the windows of which she covers with newspaper.
** Also, when Peter discovers Kayako's corpse, the room features a pile of cut-up family photographs, with Kayako's face removed from all of them, and subsequently pinned to the door of the cupboard leading to the attic.
* [[spoiler:SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan: By the end of the third movie, Kayako is sealed inside Rose.]]
* ShapeshiftingExcludesClothing: [[spoiler:Allison's]] death in ''The Grudge 2''. Subverted when Kayako then occupies the left-behind clothing to menace [[spoiler:Jake]].
* ShirtlessScene: Max has one in the third movie. Shame he happens to be [[DemonicPossession possessed]] [[BrainwashedAndCrazy and crazy]] at the time.
* ShootTheShaggyDog
* ShoutOut: In the first movie, the scene where Susan runs from her workplace and hails a taxi to get home is an homage to ''Film/{{Suspiria}}''. Later, there is an homage to ''The Franchise/EvilDead'' when Kayako's diary flips open seemingly by itself.
** The scene in the darkroom in the second movie may be a homage to a visually-similar scene in ''{{Shutter}}''. Also, earlier in the same movie, the scene where Kayako appears in the reflection of Eason's TV screen after he switches it off may be a reference to an almost identical scene from ''[[TheRing Ring]]''.
* ShowerOfAngst: Karen takes one in the first movie. [[MoodWhiplash It is suddenly]] [[BodyHorror cut short]], however.
* SiblingYinYang: Karen and Aubrey; Kayako and Naoko to an extent.
* SingleTear: [[spoiler:Aubrey, towards the end of the second film.]]
* SpookyPainting: Used in the third movie when [[spoiler:Kayako's face suddenly appears in one of Gretchen's paintings]], and again a short while later, when [[spoiler:she emerges out of a different painting]].
* SpookyPhotographs: [[spoiler:Eason]] is killed when Kayako emerges from [[spoiler:a photograph he is in the process of developing]]. Later, after Aubrey discovers the corpse of [[spoiler:Eason]] and is subsequently menaced by Kayako, all of the photos in the darkroom change to show Kayako's face staring out of all of them.
* StalkerWithACrush: [[spoiler: Kayako towards Peter.]]
* StringyHairedGhostGirl: Kayako. [[spoiler:Aubrey]] ends up as one by the end of the second movie, as well (mimicking the ending of the first Japanese theatrical release, in which [[spoiler:Rika]] suffers the same fate).
** [[spoiler:Naoko]] after she is killed by a curse-possessed [[spoiler:Max]] in ''The Grudge 3''.
** Kayako's victims: Yoko, Miyuki, and Vanessa, become onryo as well.
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: Karen survives the first movie, but is quickly killed off in the second.
** Ditto for Jake in the third movie.
** Considering how both films ended, its honestly a surprise that they lived that long.
* TearsOfFear: Karen when she first encounters Kayako, and Aubrey when [[spoiler:she suddenly realises just what the curse has in store for her]] near the climax of the second film.
* TimeTravel: To an extent. The nature of the curse can cause the past, present and future to merge temporarily, as shown in ''The Grudge 2''.
* TooDumbToLive: Yes, Aubrey, go into that house even when your sister told you not to.
** To be fair, while Aubrey approached the house, she didn't willingly enter. She was suddenly dragged in.
* TwistEnding: At the end of the second film, it is revealed that [[spoiler:Aubrey is destined to suffer the same fate as Kayako, and the spectre witnessed emerging from the attic by Allison is revealed to be Aubrey, and not Kayako, as originally thought]]. [[MindScrew However, the fact that several parts of the movies are deliberately left open to interpretation may throw certain aspects of the ending into question.]]
* TwistedAnkle: In the second movie, [[spoiler:Aubrey breaks her ankle while fleeing from Takeo, which results in her having to crawl down the stairs to try (and fail) to escape]]. This implies that the same thing (or at least something very similar) happened to Kayako. A similar occurance happens in the third movie, when [[spoiler:Max breaks Naoko's knee]].
* UndeadChild: Take a wild guess.
* {{Undercrank}}: Used on Kayako at the climax of the first film (as well as a few other occasions), to creepy effect.
* VaderBreath: After being killed by [[spoiler:Max]] and subsequently becoming a ghost, the noises that [[spoiler:Naoko]] makes consist of raspy, gurgling breathing, thanks to [[spoiler:being stabbed through the back of the throat]].
* VomitIndiscretionShot: The milk scene.
* [[WhamEpisode Wham Moment]]: The ending of the second movie, when Aubrey suddenly realises just what the curse has in store for her...
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:"It followed me here!"]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Jake to [[spoiler:Allison]] when he confronts her about the mysterious deaths in his apartment building, including [[spoiler:his whole family]]; [[spoiler:Allison]] is promptly killed by Kayako right in front of him.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Poor [[TheWoobie Allison]] is manipulated, mocked and cruelly pranked by both [[AlphaBitch Vanessa]] and Miyuki, who use her naivety to their advantage. Also, Vanessa even seems to treat Miyuki in a cruel manner, in spite of their supposed friendship.
* WomanInWhite: Kayako.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Kayako, Toshio, and, as of ''The Grudge 3'', [[spoiler:Naoko.]]
* YankTheDogsChain: Naoko's ritual. It doesn't work the way it was planned.
* [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Sister]]: Aubrey is grief-stricken over Karen's death, and she namechecks this trope when she returns to the house [[spoiler:for the final time (while she's still alive, anyway)]].
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