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  • The film had been in development hell since 2011. When it was first announced, it was intended to be a reboot completely discarding The Grudge 3 (2009) and abandoning the Saeki family story. Adam Green, director of Hatchet (2006), was originally slated to direct before he dropped out to focus on adapting the novel, Killer Pizza, for a film.
  • This was the first American Grudge film not to have any involvement with Takashi Shimizu, who directed the original 4 Ju-on films and the two American remakes. Although he did not direct The Grudge 3 (2009) he did remain as a producer.
  • The original plan was to reboot the series completely, featuring a new storyline that abandons the Saeki family. However, it was confirmed in an interview with Nicholas Pesce that the film takes place during the events of The Grudge (2004) and The Grudge 2 (2006).
  • In 2011, a sequel was announced, with a release date for 2013 or 2014. By March 2014, it was officially announced that a reboot was in the works, with Xerxes Pordely to write the script. By July 2017, The Eyes of My Mother (2016) filmmaker Nicolas Pesce was hired for rewrites, based on Buhler's script, and to direct the film.
  • Principal photography on the film began in May 7, 2018, in Winnipeg, Manitoba and finished on June 23, 2018. Sony Pictures Entertainment released the film nearly 2 years afterward, on January 3, 2020.
  • On March 3, 2018, it was announced that Andrea Riseborough would be starring in the film. Later, Demián Bichir was added to the film, followed by John Cho and Lin Shaye a few days later. On April 30, 2018, Jackie Weaver, Betty Gilpin, William Sadler and Frankie Faison were cast in the film.
  • Junko Bailey is the 7th actress to play Kayako (albeit in a cameo role), following Takako Fuji who originated the role and played her until The Grudge 2 (2006), Kyoka Takizawa who played young Kayako in said film, Aiko Horiuchi who played her in The Grudge 3 (2009), Anna Moon who played her in Tales from the Grudge (2006) webisodes, Misaki Saisho who played her in Ju-on: The Beginning of the End (2014) and Ju-on: The Final Curse (2015) and Runa Endo who played her in the crossover Sadako vs Kayako (2016).
  • Nicholas Pesce said that he took inspiration from The Exorcist (1973) and The Changeling (1980) for this film.
  • Nicholas Pesce has said that if he gets to make any sequels, he would want to see the curse expand to other parts of the world like Australia, Europe and Africa.
  • Nicholas Pesce himself said he was a fan of the original Ju-on film series before directing this film, even long before the 2004 American remake.
  • The house's number in the film is 44, a reference to the original Ju-on short film 4444444444 (1998). 4 is also a number of bad luck in Japanese culture due to the number in Japanese specifically being a homophone for the character Shi, which means death.
  • This is the first Grudge movie to be Filmed in Panavision (anamorphic), for the widescreen 2.39:1 aspect ratio, unlike the previous Grudge movies which were filmed in the taller 1.85:1 aspect ratio.
  • Not screened in advance for critics.
  • Faith Matheson at one point plays peekaboo with Melinda's unseen ghost, an intentional homage to Saito, a man with dementia who played peekaboo with Toshio in Ju-on: The Grudge (2002).
  • Feature film debut of Tara Westwood, Junko Bailey and John J. Hansen. Though Westwood has appeared in indie films prior to this film, this one is her first with a wide theatrical release.
  • At one point, the curse is referred to as a "Juon", which is the name of the Japanese horror films that inspired this film and its predecessors.
  • Final film of Stefanie Sherk. She died on April 2019 of suicide. She was married to Demián Bichir, her co-star.
  • The film's cast includes 2 Oscar Nominees: Demián Bichir and Jacki Weaver.
  • First theatrically released film in the series to receive an R rating. The Grudge 3 (2009), although rated R as well, went straight-to-video.
  • For the theatrical release, the posters displayed outside theaters were decorated with black hair extensions.
  • The scene where Detective Muldoon is being stalked by the ghosts in a darkened police station is adapted from the Ju-on: The Grudge Wii Game.
  • The film takes place in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
  • Received an "F" CinemaScore, the worst possible score, which is very rare: Only 20 other feature films have ever received an "F" score.
  • This film was originally simply titled "Grudge" before the prefix was added to the title.
  • Scenes in the trailers that didn't make the final cut include: Hair emerging from the bathtub drain, Fiona's ghost crawling under Burke's bed, Fiona sawing off Sam's head and Fiona's ghost crawling across the wall behind Detective Muldoon.


  • Despite being the central antagonist of the franchise, Kayako only has about 7-8 seconds of screen time (if you also count her arm lunging out from a garbage bag), and only appears in the opening scene with Fiona in Tokyo. The Landers family as ghosts are the main antagonists, their deaths having created a new curse.
  • The first film in the American Grudge series not to feature Toshio, Takeo Saeki or the cat Mar, the former two only having photographic cameos. Although Takeo did not physically appear in The Grudge 3 (2009), his spirit was said to have possessed Max, while Mar's meowing noise can still be heard coming from Toshio.
  • Fiona is briefly attacked by Kayako in the Saeki house's back alley, when she emerges from a nearby garbage bag. This is an homage to the original film Ju-on (2000), where Takeo is killed in the streets when Kayako emerges from a nearby dumpster.
  • Peter visiting the empty home and encountering a lonesome Melinda with her parents nowhere to be found, and heading home to kill his pregnant wife, Nina, afterward, is based on a segment in Ju-on (2000), where Kobayashi finds Toshio all alone in the house, while Takeo heads to Kobayashi's home to kill his pregnant wife.
  • Body Count: 8 - Fiona Landers, Sam Landers, Melinda Landers, Faith Matheson, William Matheson, Lorna Moody, Peter Spencer and Nina Spencer (9 if you count Nina's unborn child). Muldoon's fate is left unknown after she is attacked by Fiona's ghost in the ending.
  • SERIES TRADEMARK: Bathtub Death Scene - flashbacks reveal that Fiona killed her daughter by drowning her in the bathtub. Peter is killed by the curse by being drowned in the bathtub. His exact death scene is a recreation of Lacey's death from The Grudge 2 (2006).
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