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In Japan, unspeakable evil has been given a new name, Ju-On, and legions of devoted fans can't get enough of the horror. Vitagraph Films and Lions Gate Entertainment (AMEX and TSX:LGF) are bringing the Japanese horror sensation Ju-On: The Grudge to American shores, opening up a whole new realm of terror for the masses. Beginning July 23, Ju-On: The Grudge will premiere simultaneously in Los Angeles and New York City, expanding nationally to Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle and other markets.

Director/Writer Shimizu Takashi delivers horror filmmaking in its most absolute form through a tale of a family who is brutally killed in their own home, leaving behind an evil spirit lurking in the shadows. When an unknowing homecare worker enters, the spirit is awakened and a terrifying chain of events begins, passing through all those who step foot in this dark house. This is the film Sam Raimi calls "The most frightening film I've ever seen, leaving you no time to catch your breath."

Ju-On: The Grudge is the third film in the Ju-On series, following Ju-On and Ju-On 2, both underground hits released directly to video. It was also the first of the Ju-On films to be released theatrically, not only shocking Japanese audiences but also its distributor. Unable to find theaters willing to show the film, they watched as word of mouth turned it into a 500 million yen (US$4.7 million) box office sensation.

The Ju-On tales were part of a turn-of-the-century boom in the Japanese horror genre, which included the original film that became the English language remake hit, The Ring. In Japan, the crazed mixture of terror and excitement the Ju-On series has generated rivals the rabid following created in the United States by Tobe Hooper's shocking 1974 release The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Sam Raimi's 1982 entry, The Evil Dead.

“Lions Gate has always taken pride in being at the forefront of the horror genre and we couldn’t be more excited to work with true masters of the craft, writer/director Shimizu Takashi and producer Taka Ichise,” said Peter Block, President of Acquisitions for Lions Gate Entertainment. “In Vitagraph Films, we’ve found a partner who shares our belief that Ju-On: The Grudge has the crossover appeal to be a success in America.”

Columbia TriStar's remake of this enthralling entry to the horror genre, entitled The Grudge--starring Sarah Michelle Geller and Bill Pullman and directed by Takashi—will be released in theaters October 2004.

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