How well do you remember The Grudge?

By: Torrance Grey
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About This Quiz

When someone dies in the grip of a powerful rage ... a box-office hit is born! This 2004 chiller was part of a wave of Japanese horror movie remakes, and one of the most successful. Revisit the terror with our quiz!

In which city did "The Grudge" take place?

"The Grudge" was about terror among American expatriates in Tokyo. Karen Davis followed her exchange-student boyfriend there.

Who played the doomed college professor, Peter Kirk?

Pullman has a shocking, if low-key, suicide in the film. He's standing on his balcony, when he just leans forward and pitches right over. It's shocking for being so simple, sudden and undramatic. And, of course, for coming only about 40 seconds into the film.

Who played Karen Davis?

Gellar was, of course, a star from her days on "Buffy." If only her superpowers had transferred to Karen!

Where does Karen volunteer?

Karen, who is studying social work, is getting her first solo assignment for the center. She goes to a Tokyo home to take care of an elderly woman with dementia.

Who played Alex, the care-center supervisor?

Sam Raimi was executive producer of "The Grudge." He often finds a role for his brother, Ted.

What is the name of the previous caregiver at the house?

"Yoko" means (among other things) "sun child" in Japanese. Our Yoko doesn't have a very sunny future; she becomes a victim of the killing curse.

What happened in the house, that a curse was left behind?

It's hard to tell whether husband Takeo hanged himself or was killed by the newly-created curse. Either way, the film's opening frames explain that when someone dies in a great rage or sorrow, a killing curse is left behind, consuming all those who encounter it.

What was the name of the murdered wife?

The family name was Saeki. We see this briefly in a Google search that Karen does.

How does the curse kill people?

Some victims appear to have simply been frightened to death. But others come to a more violent end.

Who was the curse's first victim outside the Saeki family?

Peter Kirk found the bodies at the house and killed himself the next morning. Then the detectives on the murder-suicide case either died or disappeared, as their colleague Nagakawa later explains to Karen.

What does the real estate agent find in the bathroom?

Like any good real estate agent, he quickly tries to drain the tub before his clients can see, but a mysterious hand grabs him from underneath. Hey, isn't this a disclosure issue?

What does Karen find in the closet?

The typical "it was just the cat" scare has an added bonus here -- Toshio. Later, we'll learn that Toshio makes very realistic cat sounds himself.

Is Toshio still alive when Karen finds him?

Toshio and the cat seem alive, and Karen calls her boss Alex to report that the boy is alone and in some kind of shock. Of course, this isn't really the case.

What are the only words Emma, the woman with dementia, says?

Karen doesn't realize at first who "her" is. But that creepy black hair is already starting to flow from the ceiling.

Who played Jennifer Williams?

Jennifer Williams is a bit overwhelmed by life in Tokyo. Don't look now, Jennifer, but things are about to get a lot worse.

Who played Matthew Williams?

Mapother's cousin is Tom Cruise (whose real last name is also Mapother). Maybe a similar name change would have benefited William, who's nowhere near as famous.

In addition to Matthew and Jennifer Williams, what do detectives find in the attic?

We'll catch up with the jaw's owner a little later in the film. It's a scene every bit as disturbing as you'd expect.

While showering, what does Karen feel in her wet hair?

This was excellently parodied in "Scary Movie 3," in which Cindy (Anna Faris) feels the hand. While she's still in shock, it reaches around and helpfully shaves her armpits.

How does Alex die?

Alex is working late when he encounters the missing Yoko. He sees her jaw-less face with a protruding gray tongue and yells in horror, but that's where the scene ends.

What is attached to Susan Williams's cell phone?

The ghost of Kayako grabs it while chasing Susan through a stairwell in her office building. It breaks off just before Susan is able to slam the door.

What does Susan see through her door's peephole?

The curse seems to have unlimited resources in killing its victims. It doesn't have to stick to the house, and can imitate who it wants.

Where does Susan ultimately try to hide from Kayako?

Poor Susan jumps into bed and tries to hide under the covers. This got laughs in theaters, but it's also kind of poignant, if you're inclined to sympathize with horror-movie characters.

What does Susan find in her bed when she jumps in?

Susan is shocked, of course, to find this item. Then Kayako herself peers out from under the covers, and drags Susan to her (presumable) death.

Where does Detective Nakagawa see Kayako's ghost?

Nakagawa is reviewing security footage when he sees the ghost walk down the hallway. She disappears under the frame line, then peers over, her wide eyes filling the screen. Nakagawa, admirably, doesn't scream like a little girl.

What does Detective Nakagawa go to the house alone to do?

Whether that'll end the curse isn't clear, but Nakagawa believes it will. He arrives armed with two big plastic gasoline cans.

Why does Nakagawa hesitate in his plans to burn the house?

Nakagawa is being set up by Toshio. It works -- the ghost of Takeo appears and drowns the detective in the bathtub before he can set the fire.

Why does Karen go back to the house?

Doug goes there because he's "worried" about Karen. Of course, he's only making the problem worse.

What did Peter find pinned to the closet door?

We've already seen the photos without faces. Karen finds them on her first day in the cursed house, along with Kayako's Peter-centric journal.

What falls out of the closet when Peter opens it?

The closet leads up to the attic. That's where a lot of bad things happen in this movie, although Kayako's body was right up against the closet door.

Who grabs Karen's foot, as she looks in the mirror?

Karen's boyfriend is still alive, lying on the entryway floor. Of course, that won't last long.

How does Doug die?

While we don't always see how the curse kills, sometimes we do. This is one of those cases -- Kayako crawls down the stairs and menaces Doug up close, as Karen watches.

Whose body does Karen have to look at in the morgue?

Doug's body is recovered from the burned house. Of course, this scene contains a final scare: Kayako appears right behind the traumatized Karen, and the movie ends with a closeup on her wide, staring eye.

Does Karen survive the ending of "The Grudge"?

In the sequel, Karen is hospitalized and in shock. But, since the first order of business in a horror sequel is usually killing off the last survivor of the first film, Karen is soon pancaked on a sidewalk just under her hospital window.

How many sequels followed "The Grudge"?

The mid-2000s were boom times for Japanese horror remakes. The makers of "The Grudge" capitalized with two follow-ups.

Who starred in "The Grudge 2"?

Tamblyn played Karen's younger sister, Aubrey, who comes to Japan to bring her home. Suffice it to say, this doesn't go as planned.

What technique set "The Grudge" apart from many other horror films?

The timeline of the movie jumps back and forth. In one scene, Karen is exploring the house at night, when the lighting warms up to the color of daylight, and she sees the events of the morning after the murders unfold.

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