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(2004), PG-13 [R-13*]
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
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October 22, 2004
43 out of 100

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(2004), PG-13 [R-13*] ... yet another R-13.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Ghost House Pictures, Vertigo Entertainment, Renaissance Pictures
Distribution (US): Sony Pictures Entertainment, Columbia Pictures
Director(s): Takashi Shimizu
Producer(s): Doug Davison, Joseph Drake, Takashige Ichise, Nathan Kahane, Roy Lee, Carsten H.W. Lorenz, Sam Raimi, Shintaro Shimosawa, Robert G. Tapert
Written by: Takashi Shimizu
Screenplay: Stephen Susco
Cinematography/Camera: Hideo Yamamoto
Music: Christopher Young
Film Editing: Jeff Betancourt
Casting: Nancy Nayor, Kelly Wagner
Viewed at: Driftwood Theater 6

The Grudge, the Americanized version of the Japanese Ju-On, is a typical haunted house horror/thriller/killer flick with unsuspecting people being victimized by unholy forces.

An irate Tokyo father murdered his wife Kayako (Takako Fuji) and son Toshio (Yuya Ozeki) then killed himself. The house in which the heinous crime was committed remembered the rage and evil that swelled in it. The "living" evil rage left Kayako (that's Kayako in the poster) and Toshio undead. Together, they formed a murderous "grudge" against any new occupants of the house.

The Grudge is not easy to follow since there is a period of jumping around in time to build characters and story. There may even be a time or two when a murdered character comes back to life to have a word or two with the living but the time-jumping made it difficult to discern. Don't go if you are sleepy. Maybe just don't go at all. This is yet another R-13.

The beginning of the show introduced us to Dr. Peter Kirk (Bill Pullman) who, after a night with his lover, casually leaned over the railing of a high rise apartment porch to splatter himself on the concrete several stories below. Dr. Kirk was a key link with Kayako -- an adulterous link which reveals ... I cannot spoil all of it. You just might decide the content which makes this PG-13 another R-13 is acceptable. That is your call to make. We cannot and will not try to make such a call for you. We just tell you what is there so you can be in a better position to make an informed moral decision whether a film is fit for your family. We tell you what is there -- you decide.

From the scene of Kirk's splattered and deformed body, we were taken states-side to meet social services student Karen Davis (Sarah Michelle Gellar). Karen reported to Tokyo for social services degree coursework and took her live-in boyfriend Doug (Jason Behr), an architecture student with her ... er ... for emotional support.

Karen's first Tokyo assignment was to replace the missing Yoko. Yoko was the social services worker for Emma (Grace Zabriskie), the current resident of the house with a grudge. Emma was a victim of dementia and not able to care for herself. One day, Yoko investigated some odd sounds in the house and was never heard from again. to provide social services care for Emma. Soon, Karen disappeared as mysteriously as Yoko. Was it dementia Emma suffered? Or was it raw fear?

Entered the picture was Jennifer (Clea DuVall) and Matthew Williams (William Mapother) and sister Susan Williams (KaDee Strickland). Matthew was a number-cruncher from America reporting for reassignment to the Tokyo branch of his company. Jennifer was quite unsettled with the move for some unknown reason. Matthew assured Jennifer he would pull up stakes and return to the States with or without his job if Jennifer would first give the new job a chance. But not knowing what she was right about, Jennifer was right.

The strongest loss of points in The Grudge was, as would be expected, due to violence and unholy matters [Phil. 4:8] though there were only two uses of God's name in vain and then without the four letter expletive [Deut 5:11]. The Wanton Violence/Crime (W) and Offense to God (O) investigation areas each found enough abrasive programming to earn a score of zero. Very atypical of PG-13 movies, the Impudence/Hate (I) investigation area earned the next to highest score of the six investigation area scores due to only three uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary. Next in order of point loss was Murder/Suicide (M). There were at lest seven murders and one suicide. [Ex 20:13] Sexual Immorality (S) lost nearly half of its starting 100 points. As is typical of PG-13 movies, there was intercourse but it was off screen, implied by a man and a woman cohabitating and making out in bed in their underwear. [Eph. 5:5] Drugs/Alcohol (D) found what appeared to be only one instance of smoking with no illegal drugs use or possession, no prescription drug abuse and no possession or consumption of alcohol.


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  • Phil. 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]
  • Ex 20:13 Thou shalt not kill. (NIV) Exod. 20:13 You shall not murder. [Suicide is murder of the self.]
  • Eph. 5:5 For of this you can be sure: No [unforgiven] immoral, impure or greedy person -such a man is an idolater -has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The heart of the CAP Analysis Model)

    The Grudge (2004) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • multiple explosive startles of horror with varying intensity
  • terror imagery/sounds, repeatedly
  • dead mutilated bodies, repeatedly
  • human mandible
  • grotesque deformity
  • contemplating arson
  • child with face underwater in tub to give impression of suicide or murder

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • three uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts
  • adults in underwear
  • enticing for sex
  • man and woman in bed after night together
  • man and woman in bed making out in underwear
  • cohabitation
  • flash nudity of young boy - full frontal
  • woman in shower

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking, once

    Offense to God (O)
  • Buddhism
  • unholy apparitions, many times of varying extremes
  • unseen presences, repeatedly
  • mutilated walking undead, repeatedly

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • suicide by dropping off high rise porch
  • several murders by hideous beings, repeatedly, by mutilation and drowning
  • flash scenes of homicide by irate father/husband, woman and son.



    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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