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Ghost and Paranormal Movie Trivia & Facts , “The Grudge” (2004) Part I

It’s a film that will have you nervous about opening the door to the attic, as strange things are happening in a particular house in Tokyo that has an American nurse on the brink of losing her grip on reality. In this article, you will encounter a collection of trivia and facts associated with the movie that also delivered a rather disturbing shower scene.

The Plot

An American nurse named Karen Davis is sent on an assignment to provide care to an elderly woman, but instead comes in contact with a supernatural spirit that is full of vengeance and has a knack for taking possession of its victims. Throughout the movie, you are greeted by an assortment of disturbing deaths, as the spirit makes its way to curse several different victims. Karen is close to breaking the curse, but will she be able to succeed before she becomes the next victim?

When taking a look at the cast of actors and actresses who signed on to bring this Japanese classic to life, you probably already recognized Sarah Michelle Gellar from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” fame. She took on the main character role as Karen Davis.  Actresses that may also ring a bell include Clea DuVall (as Jennifer Williams) and Rosa Blasi of “Strong Medicine” (who plays Maria Kirk). Notable actors include Jason Behr (who played Doug) and Bill Pullan (who played Peter Kirk).

“The Grudge” Trivia and Facts

“The Grudge” is an American remake of a Japanese film titled “Ju-on: The Grudge.” It was released in 2003.

Before the film was released to the masses, test screenings showed two slightly different versions of the movie , one with an R-rating and another with the PG-13 stamp of approval. In the PG-13 version, the disturbing images were a bit “toned down” and actually received a higher approval rating than the gorier counterpart.

The Japanese film that “The Grudge” was based on used the same actors that appeared in the original to reprise their roles as the Saeki family. This included Takako Fuji, Yuya Ozeki, and Takashi Matsuyama.

The director of the movie, Takashi Simizu is responsible for providing the gasping sound emitted from the open mouth of the ghosts.

“The Grudge” was highly recognized at the Teen Choice Awards. When it came to the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress in an Action/Adventure/Thriller, Sarah Michelle Gellar was nominated. For the Choice Movie Scary Scene award, KaDee Strickland was nominated for the scene in which she hides under the covers from the ghost. A Choice Movie Scream Scene nomination went to Yuya Ozeki, who played Toshio Saeki and let out a horrific scream in the attic. As for the Choice Movie in the Thriller category, the film also received a nomination.

In Part II of Ghost and Paranormal Movie Trivia & Facts , “The Grudge” (2004), you will learn just how long it took for the movie studio to see the potential in a sequel of the first remake.