Which Scary Movie Is Based on the Grudge?

Are you a horror movie fan? Do you love to get spooked by the scariest movies out there?

If so, then you must have heard about the movie ‘The Grudge.’ But did you know that ‘The Grudge’ is based on a Japanese horror movie called ‘Ju-On: The Grudge’?

What is ‘Ju-On: The Grudge’?

‘Ju-On: The Grudge’ is a Japanese horror movie released in the year 2002. It was written and directed by Takashi Shimizu. The movie gained popularity due to its unique storytelling style and the use of spine-chilling sound effects.

The story revolves around a cursed house where a man named Takeo Saeki murders his wife, son, and cat before killing himself. The curse of the house haunts everyone who enters it and leads to their gruesome death.

The Hollywood Adaptation

In 2004, Hollywood decided to adapt ‘Ju-On: The Grudge’ for English-speaking audiences. The remake was directed by Takashi Shimizu himself and starred Sarah Michelle Gellar in the lead role.

The Hollywood adaptation follows the same storyline as its Japanese counterpart with minor changes in characters and settings. However, it retains the same eerie atmosphere that made ‘Ju-On: The Grudge’ so popular.

The Sequels

‘The Grudge’ franchise has six movies in total. Apart from the original Japanese version and its Hollywood adaptation, there are four sequels – two Japanese and two American.

The sequels follow different storylines but are connected through the cursed house featured in the original movie. Each sequel adds something new to the story while retaining its essence.


‘The Grudge’ is one of those rare horror franchises that managed to maintain its popularity over time. Its unique storyline coupled with spine-chilling sound effects and a creepy atmosphere make it a must-watch for horror movie lovers.

So, whether you want to watch the original Japanese version or the Hollywood adaptation, be prepared to get scared out of your wits.