Finally, a remake of a Japanese horror film worth watching.
May 10, 2009
The Grudge (2004) was a treat. A remake of the Japanese hit Ju-On that is about as good as the original. The only thing that I found wrong with this Japanese redux was the content matter was toned down, other than that nit pick it was a great horror film to watch. This is the film that The Ring (2002) was supposed to be, Instead of being filled with a bunch of cheap thrills and nonsensical images, the direction and the shocks were actually effective.
A foreign exchange student living in Japan is also a care giver in her spare time. During one assignment she goes to a house that has a reputation. A horrific murder occurred there several years ago. The father went insane killing his wife, son and even the pet cat!, now they all inhabit the house!! The real estate agent was more than pleased to get the house sold. But the house is cursed by several restless spirits. Who ever enters the house feels the wrath from the former residents. The four ghosts appear before the visitors. But in reality they might only be one mean entity. The anger and hate the people felt before they died managed to form into one evil presence.
What I enjoyed about this film was the fact that the director was trying to make a film that is sort of an introductory to western audiences about Asian ghosts and legends. Instead of making a confusing movie that would annoy viewers (like The Ring (2002).
If you like horror films then by all means watch the Grudge. You should watch the Japanese original Ju-On. Despite what others say, they go hand in hand.
In THE GRUDGE a nurse fails to show up for work at the home of an American family living in Tokyo and an American exchange nurse-student, Karen Davis (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is asked to drop by as her replacement. Karen finds the old lady to be mute and sleeps throughout the day. Strange events occur in the house and Karen discovers that the building seems to be tainted by a curse caused by a grudge. Strange events begin to happen and people start dying. No matter how many victims are killed, The … more
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, … more
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