The Grudge was an okay movie, one of those ones that just barely holds your interest enough to make you want to finish it. It's also one of those movies that is hard to describe the plot without giving spoilers, because it jumps back and forth through time, making it next to impossible to follow in a logical sequence.
There weren't any real surprises-- plenty of people following the old dictum of going through "That Door"-- you know the one where everyone in the theater shouts, "Don't go through that door!" The people also climbed stairs and went into dark rooms without turning on lights-- plenty of people just begging to be victims.
This would probably be a good date movie to watch at the drive-in theater but watching it on the home DVD player just didn't deliver the expected chills and thrills.
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It's not the scary hit thatThe Ringwas in 2002, butThe Grudgemakes a similarly convincing case for American remakes of popular Japanese horror films. Barely a year passed between the release of Takashi Shimizu's creepy ghost storyJu-On: The Grudgeand the production of this American remake, set in Tokyo and starring Sarah Michelle Gellar in her first post-Buffyhorror film. About the only significant difference between the two films is the importing of a mostly-American cast (including Bill Pullman, Clea DuVall and Grace Zabriskie), butThe Grudgewas reconfigured (by screenwriter Stephen Susco) to allow Shimizu to refine and improve the spookiest highlights of his earlier version, which enjoyed previous incarnations as a short film and two made-for-Japanese-video features. Surprising box-office analysts with a $40 million opening weekend,The Grudgemay disappoint hard-core horror fans because it lacks gore and graphic violence, but as a creepy tale about averyhaunted house, it's guaranteed to send a few chills up your spine.--Jeff Shannon