Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jason Behr, Clea DuVall, Bill Pullman, Kadee

Directed by: Takashi Shimizu

Story: The Grudge is the curse of one who dies in the grip of a powerful rage.
Those who encounter this murderous supernatural curse die and a new one is
born, passed from victim to victim in an endless, growing chain of horror.


It seems like Japanese remakes are getting pretty popular. When I first heard
about a remake to the movie Ju-On, I was excited. I liked the movie Ju-On, and
also when I found out that the man who made the original was working on the
remake, I knew that this remake would be good. But after seeing this movie for
myself, I guess I was wrong. I went to go see this expecting a lot of cool
visuals and tense scary moments. What do I get? Just the cool visuals I
expected, and a good story, that’s about it. If you are the easily scared type,
then you may be freaked out by this movie since it involves the supernatural.
But if your like me, then you are going to be disappointed. It seemed like this
movie was more funny than scary.

As with most Japanese horror films, this remake was about ghosts. It is said
that when someone dies in the grip of a powerful rage, a supernatural curse is
born. An incident happens in a house which left a small family dead. 3 years
later their ghosts still haunt the house cursing whoever enters and gets in
contact with the supernatural. When you encounter the supernatural, a new
curse is born and is passed down much like a virus. With that said and done,
this movie was perfect in the visual aspect. Since we are dealing with ghosts
and the supernatural, you get to see a lot of great Japanese influenced visuals.
Much like the ones you see in the movie The Ring. Also someone mentioned to
me before that a lot of Japanese horror flicks involve creepy children. Well that
is true, even this movie involved creepy children.

The story to this movie is great, I love how everything with the curses and the
whole "twist" was done. Although it was predictable, I thought it was well done.
I thought the story and plot couldn't get any better. Not to mention this movie
actually takes place in Japan, which was good because if this movie took place
here in the states, I thought it wouldn't have worked out. As for the characters
in the movie, Sarah Michelle Gellar did a great job of playing the lead role, since
she looks like a natural when it comes to being scared. To tell you the truth,
the story, the characters & the cool visuals were the only good things about
this movie. The beginning of the movie started off great, it was near the middle
of the movie where things just started to get really ridiculous. Especially the
sound effects. 1 in particular happened to sound like a continuous line of
burping. Which was more silly than scary. It also seems like the characters in
this movie had little to no brains. To think that we have learned our lesson after
Darkness Falls. This movie had cool, but retarded characters. Not to mention
this movie is pretty clichéd.

Am I the only one who noticed that almost every horror cliché is in this movie?
If you've seen numerous Japanese horror flicks, then this movie will not
surprise you at all. It seemed like every situation in this movie was more
laughable then suspenseful. And that is true, the audience in the theatre
laughed through most of the movie, which was a huge down point. This movie
is meant to creep you out, not make you laugh. They did a great job with the
feel and look of the movie, but it falls short and was un-amusing. Where's
Scooby-Doo when you need him? Overall this is a decent movie. Its visually
good, but when it comes to scares it sort of falls short. Its a good ghost story
but I felt that it wasn't well done. This movie is one of those remakes that
could have been a lot better. I guess I expected too much from it. If you've
seen the original film then check this out and compare the two. The American
version is a decent movie, that’s all I got to say.

Overall: 5/10
Genres: Horror, Mystery,
Thriller, Remake

Rated: PG-13

Country: USA

Year: 2004

Runtime: 92 minutes

Studio: Ghost House


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