It confuses me to see the reviews of this film on Letterboxd are all pretty scathing. Ju-on stands as the most terrifying film I have ever seen, even after second viewing. The simplistic style of the film assists its believability, and whilst the acting flails at times, the characters all seem real.
However, the thing most horrifying about Ju-on is the sound. The noises and score for the film aid in making the viewer uncomfortable, causing an aural attack, dizzying and confronting the audience in the most horrendous way.
I have watched countless horror films over the years but very few are as chilling as this. Non-reliant on gore or violence, the film succeeds at scaring the fucking fuck out of its unsuspecting viewer.
Reviewed as part of my Shocktober 2012 Challenge.