The Grudge

  • 15
  • Takashi Shimizu (2004)
  • US
  • 87 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

The fifth version of this particular story - and the first to be shot in English, though it retains its Japanese setting - is an unnecessary remake by Takashi Shimizu of his own cult horror and adds little to the genre or the franchise. Essentially a haunted-house story, it begins with student social worker Sarah Michelle Gellar making a house call and encountering some seriously spooky goings-on - the house is home to a demon and anyone who enters its walls is cursed and therefore fated to meet a horrible end. Losing some of the original's exposition, this chiller has installed many superfluous tricks of the horror movie trade instead, apparently designed to make the film more accessible to a Western audience. Accessibility isn't the problem, however, over-familiarity is.

Plot Summary

Horror thriller remake by director Takashi Shimizu of his own 2003 Japanese haunted-house chiller with a twist, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. American student social worker Karen finds herself at the centre of an inexplicable vortex of evil - a curse incarnate - which infests an otherwise peaceful suburban Japanese home.

Cast and crew

Cast

Karen
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Doug
Jason Behr
Jennifer Williams
Clea DuVall
Matthew Williams
William Mapother
Susan Williams
KaDee Strickland
Peter
Bill Pullman
Maria
Rosa Blasi
Emma
Grace Zabriskie
Kayako
Takako Fuji
Toshio
Yuya Ozeki

Crew

Director
Takashi Shimizu

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
UIP
Guidance: 
May be edited for violence.
Available on video and DVD
Released 5 Nov 2004
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd
Categories
Drama

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