Double Trouble As Ju-On Returns
By James Whittington
Wednesday 7th Apr 2010
The masterful Japanese horror Ju-On continues the series with the release of Ju-On: White Ghost and Ju-On: Black Ghost on DVD April 26th from 4Digital Media. The success of the original Ju-On (The Curse) in Japan spawned a western remake when in 2004 the film was released under the name of The Grudge, a literal frame by frame remake of the inspired original.
These latest outings promise to include all of the gore and brilliance of their predecessors; leaving horror fans satisfied by the mix of disturbing tales with intelligent production values which will scare, jolt and provoke a reaction each time the DVD is viewed.
Ju-on: White Ghost: A son brutally and methodically murders all five of his family members after failing the bar exam. He then hangs himself. At the moment of his death, he made a cassette tape recording in which he can be heard saying "I'll go, I'll go soon...". On the same tape can be heard the eerie sound of a young girl's voice. It is the voice of Mirai, who was a friend of Akane, whilst at primary school. Mirai was a victim of the mass family slaughter incident. Akane, who is now a senior high school student, has had a strong ESP power since childhood. Suddenly one day Mirai appears in front of her, wearing the yellow cap and red backpack of a primary school student. The terror is just about to begin...
Ju-on: Black Ghost:Nurse Yuko is left in charge of a young girl called Fukie, and begins to experience strange things. Medical examinations reveal that there is a "cyst" in Fukie's body. The cyst is actually an unborn one that is full of hatred for mankind and curses everyone around her. Yuko's neighbour is taken by a girl in black, and Fukie's father commits a murder and goes insane. Fukie's mother has to rely on the special psychic powers of Fukie's younger sister to help drive out the evil spirit. However, the exorcism eventually fails, and the worst grudge yet begins…