The Grudge (2004)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA/Japan/Germany, 2004.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Ghost House Pictures.  Screenplay by , based on the film Ju-On: The Grudge by Takashi Shimizu.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  

An American university student () living in Tokyo gets more than she bargained for when she agrees to substitute for a home-care nursing student who has gone missing on the job. Going to the house of the invalid woman that she has been asked to take care of, Gellar comes into the midst of a poltergeist’s domain, a house that is haunted by the rage and frustration of its former owners. According to the philosophy behind this movie, when someone dies with great anger within them, the feelings they were dealing with put a stain upon the place where they die, and everyone who enters that place is affected. Takashi Shimizu remakes his own Ju-On: The Grudge to satisfying effect, creating a reasonably terrifying horror film that is jam-packed with thrills and chills and just enough of a loopy story to keep you interested for an hour and a half. The story is so enjoyably cracked, actually, that its righting itself out in the end and going conventional (even with the “surprise” ending) is quite a letdown.

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