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It Never Forgives. It Never Forgets.
|The film's title refers to a curse that befalls someone who dies in the grip of a powerful rage. Those who encounter this murderous supernatural curse die and a new one is born, passed like a virus from victim to victim. A remake of the japanese horror thriller ju-on the grudgeÙ.|
"...really scary. Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"...It's enough to send you home with jiggly knees... Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"One of the flat-out creepiest films ever released by a major American studio. Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide
"More terrifying than The Ring. Paul Fischer, Dark Horizons
"This is an eerie, inventively mounted movie: It's a shivery fun time, filled with dark corners, deserted hallways and sudden apparitions. Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"...a scary psycho-horror that effectively replicates [the original's] bleak and crisp shocks. Richard James Havis, The Hollywood Reporter
"...[Shimizu leads you] on a celluloid leash to his pitch-black attic of horror, inviting each hair on the back of your neck to stand up. Robert K. Elder, Chicago Tribune
Editor's NoteA remake of the Japanese horror hit JU-ON (widely considered to be one of the scariest movies ever made), THE GRUDGE is helmed by its original director Takeshi Shimizu. Like its predecessor, this Hollywood version of the film takes place in Tokyo, but most of the main characters are American, including Karen (Sarah Michelle Gellar of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER), a young social worker, and her peers. When Karen enters a seemingly abandoned home to look after a mentally disturbed resident, she soon discovers that there's an evil--and very aggressive--presence in the house, and it's lashing out at every person that sets foot inside.Having directed both the original JU-ON and its sequel in Japan, Shimizu was very familiar with his own tale of terror by the time he directed its 2004 incarnation. Using many of the key actors from the previous films (including Takako Fuji and Yuya Ozeki who have unforgettable roles), Shimizu recreates the story with the added advantage of a Hollywood budget (acquired with the help of producer Sam Raimi of SPIDER-MAN fame, who is also a noted horror-movie director). As with many Japanese horror films (particularly the original RING, which strongly influences this movie), THE GRUDGE relies on atmosphere over plot, resulting a series of utterly chilling moments that will leave viewers fascinated and unbelievely frightened.
Cast & Crew
|Sarah Michelle Gellar|
|Christopher Young - Musical Score|
|Doug Davison - Producer|
|Jeff Betancourt - Editor|
|Joseph Drake - Executive Producer|
|Lukas Ettlin - Cinematographer|
|Stephen Susco - Screenplay|
|Takashi Shimizu - Director|
|Takashi Shimizu - Writer|
MTV Award (2005)
|Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nominee, Best Frightened Performance|