What should I say about Ju-On: The Curse 2? Let’s see…what did I write about Ju-On: The Curse, the first film of the series? Let me go back in the archives and read. Hmm. Uh huh. Yup. Okay. I’ll just do a Copy and Paste, place that review here and then I’ll be done! Good day folks!
On second thought, I won’t do that. But the two films are similar is so many ways that they are almost identical. As reviews on Rotten Tomatoes point out, the first thirty minutes of the film replays the final scenes of the first film. When I started the film, I found myself wondering, “Did I put on the wrong movie?” “Am I once again watching the first film?” Both movies are divided into several parts, or “vignettes.” Since the stories of the first film do not flow in sequential order, I couldn’t remember which scenes began or ended the film. This is partially why I thought I was at the beginning of the first film, when in fact I was at the ending of the first film, when in actual fact I was at the beginning of the second film. Oh the confusion! But at least the stories in the second film are shown in chronological order, unlike the first film. At least I think they are.
Both films feature the “Ju-On”, or “The Curse-Grudge”; a transmissible phenomenon involving murderous spirits that strike from beyond the grave. The Saeki house once again serves as the catalyst of this curse. It has a violent past, and the spirits of murdered victims wreak havoc on the living; especially those who enter the premises. Even if they survive, they are cursed. When leaving the Saeki house, the curse follows them and the vengeful spirits can then murder them in their own homes. Then their homes are haunted and the curse can spread to the occupants of their home.
The creepy spirit of Kayako Saeki is back; along with her little creepy boy Toshio, who likes to open his mouth and release a wicked sounding cat’s mewl. Both films are 70 minutes long, and both were made for Japanese television. Perhaps, in this second installment, Kayako is a little bit creepier? Maybe? Her ghostly body certainly contorts in ways that it hadn’t in the first film. And now she has the power to duplicate herself! When all those ghostly hands (all belonging to her) attack those windows – yikes-a-roni!
I can’t decide which film I prefer. But remember, for me, these films are simply prerequisites for the film that I really wish to review: Ju-On – The Grudge, the first feature film in the Ju-On series. But of course you already know this, since you’ve memorized all that I have said in my review of the first film. I have already seen it and I do like it better than its predecessors. But I needed to see these in order that I present a well-researched review of Ju-On – The Grudge. And I will…soon. Until then, enjoy the “Ju-On Curse” films. They’re not bad. They’re okay.