Ju-On: Origins Is The Best Horror Series On Netflix

Explaining why Ju-On:Origins is the best horror series on Netflix


Ok, I know Ju-On: Origins isn't a movie, but I did not want to create a whole new category for TV shows :)

Plot and Storytelling

This Netflix original series takes us on a journey through the infamous Grudge house, with paranormal investigator Yasuo leading the way. Set between 1988 and 1997, the show unfolds the backstory of the cursed house and its dark history.

Unlike the American remakes that fell flat, Ju-On: Origins stays true to its Japanese roots and delivers a fresh and captivating story. The series takes a different approach, focusing on the origin story of the curse, rather than relying on the iconic Kayako character. So, don't expect to see her in this series!

One of the standout features of is the twist and change in the story. While it may be confusing at times, with different stories taking place at different times, everything connects back to the central storyline and the cursed house. Pay close attention to catch all the intricate details and piece together the puzzle. And since it is only one season you can find time to rewatch it.

The psychological scares and unsettling scenes are what set Ju-On: Origins apart from other horror shows. Instead of relying on jump scares, the series uses subtle sounds, creepy footsteps, and disturbing scenes to create a sense of unease. One particular scene in episode four involving a pregnant woman and a jealous husband is a standout moment.

While the series claims to be inspired by true events, take it with a grain of salt if I was you. And if you want to know what Ju-On means, it means resentment curse. Happy to help.

Episodic Structure

In the series,, the episodes follow an episodic naming convention. Instead of specific titles, each episode is simply referred to by its number. Which I personally quite liked. Nice and simple.

As the episodes jump between different characters and timelines, it can be a bit confusing at times. However, this non-linear storytelling ultimately serves a purpose. Each story, no matter how disconnected it may initially seem, ultimately connects back to the central storyline and the cursed house.

Overall Experience

I must say that I absolutely loved this series! It hit all the right spots for me. The psychological scares, the unsettling atmosphere, and the storytelling had me hooked from start to finish.

Each episode is an average of 25 to 31 minutes each, so this series is a breeze to watch. You can easily binge-watch it in one sitting since we all have busy lives and short attention spans, Ju-On: Origins gets bonus points for keeping it quick and entertaining. No need to worry about committing to long, drawn-out episodes here.

It doesn't rely on cheap jump scares or predictable storylines either. Instead, it takes a more subtle and calculated approach to scare the living daylights out of you. Or at least try to. The series is just different to a lot of what I have seen before TV show wise, and it works very well.

Part of me wants a 2nd season, but you know, sometimes, less is more. And since no season 2 has been announced yet I think it is safe to say this will be a one season wonder anyway.

Do I Recommend Ju-On: Origins?

You have already probably guessed that I 100% recommend the series. It's a very quick watch that every horror fan should see.

The psychological scares, the unsettling atmosphere, and the storytelling had me hooked from start to finish. Ju-On Origins gets an excellent 8/10 from me. If you like the Grudge movies and want to see what a series like this on Netflix can do, check this out because you won't be disappointed at all. [Ju-On: Origins on IMDB]

Also check out some other Japanese horror to watch.

What was your thoughts on the Ju-On: Origins TV series? Would you like a 2nd season?

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