The Grudge

The Grudge

Takashi Shimizu (2004)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


An American nurse based in Tokyo finds work caring for an elderly psychotic woman at her home. However, she discovers the house is under a curse going back generations, which leads all who enter to be consumed by a powerful rage before dying, leaving troubled spirits to claim other victims. Takashi Shimizu's remake of his own Japanese horror tale, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jason Behr, Bill Pullman, William Mapother and Clea Duvall. Including FYI Daily.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Takashi Shimizu
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: May be edited for violence.Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 5 Nov 2004