I am going to include the new Netflix series “Ju-On: Origins,” though it
could certainly be argued that it takes place in a different universe. The reason is that the Netflix series sought to give an origin to a few of the movie ideas, therefore I think it bear inclusion.
1. The Cat is a Ghost, but it Doesn’t want to hurt you.
Mar, the black cat that belonged to Toshio while he was alive, appears often in the series. He serves as a harbinger of the Grudge ghosts, or their curse, often appearing first.
2. The Grudge Ghosts Took On Sadako From The Ring In A Baseball Game.
As a promotion for the upcoming film Sadako vs. Kayako (essentially, “The Ring vs. The Grudge) in Japan, Kayako, working with Toshio, took on Sadako at the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters and Yakult Swallows baseball game.
3. The House Kills Everyone That Enters…Except the Realtor!
This is spelled out in “Origins,” but it really stands to reason this is happening in the movies too. The Realtor lives, and Yasuo lives because he wrote about the Grudge house, either because it gets out the story of the un-avenged murders that have occurred there, or because the ghosts in the house wish to have victims keep coming.
4. Kayako and Toshio Have A Pretty Funny Instagram Account.
This was another thing that started to promote the “Grudge vs. Ring” Actress Runa Endo portrays Kayako here (the 6th actress to play the character), and Rintaro Shibamoto is Toshio (I believe he is the 9th actor to play that part).
5. “The Girl in the Gaps”
There is a scene that happens several times in the movies: Someone will be in bed and see the covers moving, they lift the blanket and Kayako (the mother), or other ghosts will appear, pulling them into the covers (or hoodie in The Grudge 2). This is based on a Japanese urban legend, called “The Girl in the Gaps,” which speaks of a ghost that can only enter our world through cracks, in furniture, or drapery. In the urban legend, the ghost will initiate a game of hide-and-seek, which inevitably ends in the victim being pulled into the crack and drug “to the fiery depths of hell.”
6. Time is not linear within the Grudge house AT ALL.
7. Once You’ve Stepped In The House It Can Drop You Wherever You Are At Any Time It Wants.
8. The Ghosts Possess Some People For A Really, Really Long Time
The ghosts in the house, of course, possess people that usually reenact the ghosts death. But at some points, the ghosts possess people for TEN YEARS. Moving on, getting married, having kids, all while still possessed.
9. The kids role is up for interpretation.
The small ashen child (Toshio), goes back and forth from being evil in the franchise, often he’s totally passive, at times he’s actively deadly, and at some points he’s the biggest bad guy in the movie.
10. The Grudge Curse Can “Infect” Other Buildings Too.
If you enter the Grudge house then go back home, or cross the country, or even the world, the Grudge ghosts can set up roots in your new location. The original Grudge house is in the Nerima district in Tokyo, Japan, but…