Most haunted-house movies make a pact with viewers: You can breathe a sigh of relief if the unfortunate folks trapped in the gloomy abode manage to get out. Not so Takashi Shimizu's seriously spooky ghost story, whose heart of darkness is an incongruously sunny, nondescript split-level in a pretty Tokyo neighborhood. Blighted by a crime whose lingering malevolence is lodged in its every splinter, the house's ju-on
— a lingering supernatural grudge — poisons the life of everyone who ventures inside, no matter how much distance they put between themselves and bad-vibe central. Structured as a series of overlapping, non-chronological vignettes, the film starts wi...