The film's poster.

The Grudge is a 2004 American supernatural horror film. The film was released in North America on October 22, 2004 by Columbia Pictures. It is a remake of the Japanese horror film Ju-on: The Grudge. It is considered similar to The Ring as well, due to the fact that both movies use the same type of Japanese ghost (an Onryō) as the primary antagonist. The Grudge spawned two sequels, The Grudge 2 and The Grudge 3, which were original storylines and not remakes of the Japanese Ju-on movies.

The movie was rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for mature thematic material, disturbing images and some sensuality.


An American nurse is living and working in Tokyo and was exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse, one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim.

The curse is an entity created where the person died. Those who encounter this evil supernatural force die and the curse is reborn repeatedly, passed from victim to victim in an endless, growing chain of horror. The following events are explained in their actual order, the film showing them in a non-linear narrative. The Saeki family lived happily in suburban Tokyo, but housewife Kayako Saeki fell in love with her son's teacher Peter Kirk, obsessively writing about him in a diary. However, her husband Takeo discovered the diary, believing Kayako was having an affair, and proceeded to murder his wife by breaking her neck. He then drowned his young son Toshio to cover his tracks, along with the pet cat, Mar. Takeo hid the bodies in the attic and closet, before seemingly committing suicide by hanging himself.

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