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Grudge, The (2004)


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Two 1/2 out of Five

Movie

Rating: PG-13 (mature thematic material, disturbing images/terror/violence, and some sensuality)
Length: 91 minutes

Video

Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)

Audio

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1

Captions

English, French, Spanish

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Plot

An American volunteer worker living in Tokyo is sent to a house as a nurse aid. When she arrives, she sees a zoned-out elderly lady and then experiences something that can only be described as evil. This is a remake of the Japanese film "Ju-On".

Pros

If you don't like watching foreign films then this is a good way to experience the Japanese horror classic "Ju-On" in English. The special effects are still as creepy and, for the most part, the story has been left in tact.

Cons

The whole problem with this film is they tried incorporating Americans into a Japanese setting; this would have been more effective if they would have just made this into an American film in an American setting much like they did with "The Ring". The original film had to be altered to fit in the American actors whereas it could have remained the same if it would have been filmed in the US as opposed to Tokyo. And for obvious reasons, I kept expecting a vampire or two to show up for Sarah to kill with a wooden stake.

Extras

  • Audio Commentary with Cast & Crew Including Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi, Sarah Michelle Gellar
  • "A Powerful Rage": A Five-Part "Making-of" Documentary
  • "Under the Skin" Featurette: A Medical Explanation of Fear Response In Film

Recommendation

If you don't like dubbing or, worse yet, hate reading subtitles then this film will have to do since you will not watch "Ju-On". If you're not one of these people, skip this film and watch the original, it will be worth the extra effort.

Director

Actors

Jason Behr - Doug
[Dragon Wars: D-War]
Rosa Blasi - Maria Kirk
Clea DuVall - Jennifer Williams
[Ghosts of Mars, Identity]
Takako Fuji - Kayako Saeki
[The Grudge 2, Ju-On]
Sarah Michelle Gellar - Karen Davis
[The Grudge 2, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Scooby-Doo, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed]
Ryo Ishibashi - Det. Nakagawa
[Audition, War]
Yoko Maki - Yoko
William Mapother - Matthew Williams
[Mission Impossible II, Suspect Zero]
Hiroshi Matsunaga - Det. Igarashi
Takashi Matsuyama - Takeo Saeki
[Ghost in the Shell, Ju-on]
Yuya Ozeki - Toshio Saeki
[The Grudge 2, Ju-on]
Bill Pullman - Peter Kirk
[Independence Day, Lake Placid, A League of Their Own, The Serpent and the Rainbow, Spaceballs, Titan A.E., Wyatt Earp, You Kill Me]
Ted Raimi - Alex
[Army of Darkness, Darkman, The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, My Name Is Bruce, Spider-Man 2]
KaDee Strickland - Susan Williams
[Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid]
Grace Zabriskie - Emma Williams
[Child's Play 2, Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)]

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