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YMMV: The Grudge
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Did Toshio only mean to menace Rose, or was he making an attempt at friendship?
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Every movie's score, especially the score of the second movie.
  • Epileptic Trees
  • Fetish Fuel: The way Kayako claims some of her victims (ie. enveloping Vanessa in her hair, amongst other examples).
  • Fridge Logic / Plot Hole: Where on Earth did Naoko get hold of Kayako's blood from? (Unless it's just a substance that represents it, or something.)
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: Aubrey's plotline in The Grudge 2 is often accused of this.
    • This may also be the reason why the death of Mrs. Davies was cut from the second movie - although pretty shocking in nature, it is visually a little too similar to the death of Yoko from the first movie.
  • Les Yay: There seems to be some very subtext-y moments between Allison and Vanessa in the second movie.
    • The way Kayako seems to be all over her (usually female) victims when she kills them (Karen and Dr. Sullivan, for example - the way she clings to Karen's corpse after she kills her). A little bit of Foe Yay, perhaps?
    • Kayako/Susan is even joked about in the cast commentary for the first movie, during the scene where Kayako appears in Susan's bed.
  • Moe: Kayako herself - albeit before her death. (Most obviously in a certain deleted scene from the first movie.) She's still cute after her death, although in a rather different and disturbing sort of way.
  • Narm: Face it, the bickering couple scene in The Grudge 2 is just funny. Even the murder.
  • Nausea Fuel: The "milk" scene from the second movie.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Kayako and Toshio can appear from and emerge from anywhere.
  • Sequelitis: The Grudge 3 was not very well-received for several reasons: at least one possible plot hole, the Bloodier and Gorier nature, lacking the Anachronic Order of the previous titles, Aiko Horiuchi replacing Takako Fuji as Kayako, and Shimba Tsuchiya being clearly too old to play the eight-year-old Toshio, among other things. It isn't lacking in genuine scares, however, and it does have its supporters.
  • Squick: The deaths of Yoko, Gretchen and Naoko.
  • Surprisingly Improved Remake: Many feel the US remake of the third Japanese film is better. Considering the same director had a second shot at the story, he probably found ways to improve it.
  • Tear Jerker: Karen mourning Doug in the first movie.
    • The scene in the second movie where Aubrey goes to Karen and Doug's apartment the day after witnessing Karen's death. Aubrey glances around the apartment, eventually looks over Karen's collection of framed photos, and breaks down sobbing as her sister's death suddenly hits her.
    • Aubrey's death is also pretty sad, especially when combined with the soundtrack.
    • Max's reaction when he finds out that, while possessed, he killed Naoko. After the possession wears off, the poor guy just looks so broken and confused... then the realisation just suddenly hits him and he starts sobbing on the floor.
  • Uncanny Valley: Kayako is given an appropriately creepy walk via a combination of stop-motion effects and Takako Fuji and Aiko Horichi's talents at performing creepy, jerky movements.
    • Also, in the third movie, Naoko has an incredibly unsettling walk after her transformation into Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl, thanks to her knee being broken prior to her death.
  • The Woobie: A good chunk of characters, but especially Allison, Jake, Aubrey and Rose.

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