Ju-On: The Grudge 2 Review

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A Reality TV programme invades a haunted house and the supernatural residents are none too pleased


Resentful ghost Kayako (Takako Fuji) and her sinister toddler (Yuya Ozeki) extend their curse when a TV company films a reality show in their haunted house. As with all Grudge films, the story is told out of chronological order — a device which reaches almost Memento proportions as a car accident caused by the ghost, the chilly fates of various personnel, an unnatural pregnancy and the return of Kayako to fleshly form are shuffled onscreen.

As a sequel, it has a few wilder stretches — including a camp moment with a crawling evil wig — and a tendency to abandon all attempts at narrative sense. It benefits from director Takashi Shimizu’s use of sparse, gloomy Japanese interiors, while the mostly-female cast project terrified prettiness very well.

Still creepy, ooky, mysterious and spooky, but trying to follow the storylines is like sorting spaghetti.