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YMMV: Ju-on
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Is the child at the end of the fourth movie Kayako reincarnated, or Kyoko's original offspring possessed by the former while still in the womb?
  • Complete Monster: Takeo, even before he became part of the curse (but only after his Freak Out). He murders his wife (by not only snapping her neck, but leaving her still alive, paralysed and in sheer agony for a period of time before he finally kills her with a knife), his child, and his child's cat in a fit of extreme jealousy - mostly looking extremely calm (if detached) while he does so - and then brutally murders Manami, Kobayashi's wife, in her own home, cuts out her unborn child, sticks it in a plastic sack, phones Kobayashi to inform him of what he's just done, and then proceeds to bash the foetus against railings in the street. After his death, his other assorted atrocities have included him driving Kyoko completely insane by forcing her to watch what he did to Manami, possessing Tatsuya, and murdering Rika (in the novel, he tortures and rapes her instead).
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The soundtrack of every movie, although special mention goes to the third movie's soundtrack.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: The scene in White Ghost where Toshio meows at a barking dog toy.
  • Cry for the Devil: Poor, poor Kayako.
  • Epileptic Trees: Oh boy. Where to start?
  • Hell Is That Noise: Kayako's death rattle. Enough said. Also, the sound of a cat's meow has never sounded as creepy as it does in this series.
    • The sound of Takeo's breathing, although barely audible and only heard for a few seconds, is utterly creepy.
    • An example from the fourth movie: don't think the sound of a newborn baby crying is scary? Think again.
    • "Okasan! Okasan! Okasan!"
    • That absolutely horrendous moan that Megumi emits after becoming a ghost.
    • The sound of the phone ringing in 4444444444 and Mizuho's vignette.
    • This trope is even featured on the official soundtrack for the first four films, Ju-on & Ju-on 2 ~The Series Perfect Edition~. The very last track on the CD? A 42-second sound clip of Kayako's death rattle, starting off as fairly quiet but steadily getting louder and louder. It... isn't advisable to listen to it with your headphones in and with the volume cranked up. The track is entitled The Moaning That Was Crushed, which is a pretty good indication of just what the track consists of.
      • You can even download Kayako's death rattle as a ringtone from the official Ju-on game website.
  • Moe: Kayako herself - albeit before her death.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Takeo crosses this when he murders both his wife, son, and son's cat in a jealous, paranoid rage. Not only that, but he also murdered Masami, the wife of Kobayashi, the man Takeo believed Kayako to be having an affair with, before cutting out her unborn child, shoving it in a sack and beating it against the walls and floor, and then telephoning Kobayashi to tell him what he'd done. Yikes.
  • Narm: Several moments in the second V-Cinema movie, which is one of the main reasons why it isn't looked upon as favourably as the other entries in the series.
    • The novel, too, mostly due to the awkward writing style (either that, or the awkward translation).
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant / Fetish Fuel Station Attendant: Kayako is either one or the other or both, depending on who you ask.
  • Nightmare Retardant: Some view the fourth movie's "wig scene" as this, however, most agree that the climax of that scene is utterly, utterly terrifying (it is one of Kayako's more frightening appearances to date).
    • The scene with Toshio's head on the floor in the fourth film.
    • Kayako pursuing Nobuyuki in the second film. The fact that her crawling in this scene is in stark contrast with her usual Marionette Motion is a big factor.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Kayako or Toshio can appear from any place at any time. Even from the most inconceivable of places such as body parts!
  • Sequelitis: The second TV movie is often looked down upon, although it does have its share of genuinely creepy moments. The two movies that came afterwards were much more well-received.
  • Special Effect Failure: Being low-budget features, it's natural that a few of these turn up, but one example is the faces of Toyama and Izumi appearing at the back of the shrine in the third film - it is jarringly obvious that they've been sloppily cut out and pasted on the back of the shrine.
    • Also from the third film, it is quite obvious which of the cats in Rika's nightmare are real and which ones are fake.
  • Squick: Several moments - the mutilated, sticky remains of Toshio's cat Mar in the first movie, the remains of the rabbits in the Katasumi short and Kanna's unfortunate demise are all notable examples, however, the moments that really turn up the squick factor are the scenes with Masami's foetus in the first movie, and the birth scene at the end of the fourth movie.
  • Uncanny Valley: Kayako, and the way she moves.
  • What an Idiot: Kyoko Suzuki's brother, who still sold the house in spite of his (clairvoyant) sister's obvious fear of the place.
  • The Woobie: Izumi. Also, Chiharu, by the time of the fourth movie.

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