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  • Adaptation Displacement: Much like The Ring, people are more familiar with the American remakes than the original Japanese versions.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Is Vanessa really a Asshole Victim Alpha Bitch who had a sick sadistic thrill out of bullying Allison and Miyuki and cost several people their lives with her dangerous actions or Is she just your typical Insecure and Fragile Jerk With A Heartof Gold since she seemed to show genuine concern for Miyuki when she went missing and probably some genuine remorse deep down for her actions which may Imply she was just trying to look cool and fit In with everyone else at school like any other teenager?
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    • Did Toshio only mean to menace Rose by "playing" with her, or was he making a genuine attempt at friendship?
    • Did Kayako specifically let Allison live for so long so that the curse could spread to America?
  • Awesome Music: Every movie's score, especially the score of the second movie.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: In The Grudge 2, Lacey visits a friend who had become reclusive as the curse afflicts the apartment complex. Instead of responding to Lacey, she starts drinking from a quart of milk, vomits it back into the container and then starts drinking it all over again. It's random as Hell, isn't the least bit scary, is Squicky bordering on hilarious and doesn't really serve a purpose.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: There really is nothing you can do to stop Kayako, so it leads to some to stop sympathizing with and rooting for the characters since Karen's and Naoko's attempts failed miserably only managing to make things worse. The movies even show that there's no way to even avoid the Curse, let alone with how any contact in regards to it will lead the characters to die. There's also the Fridge Horror that Kayako has now been freed from the house, leading to areas like the International High School and the Chicago Apartments to become new havens for the curse. The Unfortunate Implications and Inferred Holocaust also applies that everyone within those places will soon end up six feet under and puppets of the curse, especially the implications at the end of the third movie's Ambiguous Ending that Naoko has spawned a new Grudge curse and Kayako/Naoko will soon come after and kill Lisa and Rose.
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  • Fanon Discontinuity: The fact that the first two movies have alternate endings, with it being implied to Karen that the curse may have ended, and the film ending before Allison is taken by the curse. which contradict the following movies allow a slight ray of hope for any fans suffering too much from Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy.
  • Fridge Logic: Where on Earth did Naoko get hold of Kayako's blood from? (Unless it's just a substance that represents it, or something.)
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Lacey showing off her cheerleading uniform can feel this way given her later role in Fired Up.
  • I Am Not Shazam: There is a surprising amount of people who apparently don't know Kayako's name and instead refer to her as "The Grudge" or "The Grudge Girl".
  • 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 when Vanessa compliments Allison's legs, touches her sensually, and lingers in her underwear in the locker room, unlike the other girls, specifically for Allison.
    • 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.
  • Misblamed: Some detractors of the first film dismissed the jawless Yoko scene as being an example of Americans making the movie gorier than the Japanese version just for the sake of it... apparently unaware that it was directed by the same man who did the original Ju-on, and the scene itself is a recreation of a scene from Ju-on: The Curse in which the same thing happens to Kanna.
  • 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.
    • The creepiness of Lisa seeing Toshio for the first time in The Grudge 3 is somewhat lessened by the fact that Shimba Tsuchiya is clearly too old and too tall to be playing Toshio, who was only eight years old at the time of his death.
    • We all know the noise that Kayako makes is incredibly scary. The noise the principal makes in The Grudge 2? Just so funny.
  • Nausea Fuel: The "milk" scene from the second movie: Lacey's friend Sally, having apparently been possessed by Toshio's cat, mindlessly drinks about half a large bottle of milk, before vomiting it right back into the bottle... and proceeding to drink it again.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Kayako and Toshio can appear from and emerge from anywhere.
  • Sequelitis: The Grudge 3 was not very well-received for several reasons: Takashi Shimizu not being the director (although he did act as an executive producer), at least one possible plot hole, the Bloodier and Gorier nature, lacking the Anachronic Order of the previous titles in favour of a more linear narrative, Aiko Horiuchi replacing Takako Fuji as Kayako, and Shimba Tsuchiya being clearly too old to play the eight-year-old Toshio. It isn't lacking in genuine scares, however, and it does have its supporters.
  • Signature Scene: From the first movie:
    • The shower scene where a hand comes out of Karen's head.
    • The climactic scene with Kayako crawling down the stairs (carrying on the tradition from the Japanese films).
    • The scene where Susan is claimed by Kayako in her bed, especially when Susan open her covers to see Kayako under the covers.
    • The scene where Alex is menaced by a jawless Yoko.
  • Squick: The deaths of Yoko, Gretchen and Naoko.
    • Jake's death from Part 3 qualifies; although no blood is spilled, the idea of having damn near every bone in your body broken in a furious rage is definitely unsettling if you mull it over too long
  • 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.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Although Aiko Horiuchi's performance as Kayako is legitimately creepy and unsettling, she had the dubious honour of taking over the role from Takako Fuji, who had played the role from the very beginning of the Ju-on franchise and was considered iconic in the role.
  • 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. She also has an expressionless face - you can't detect any emotion from her (even though she's supposed to be the embodiment of Unstoppable Rage.)
    • 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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