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A 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.

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  • Edition: Extended Cut, Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Film Country: USA
  • UPC: 043396110120

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Genre:Horror/Suspense
Format:DVD
Display Format:Extended Cut, Not Rated

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"THE GRUDGE varies the program some by occasionally getting its apparitions out of the central digs to make mischief elsewhere."
USA Today - Mike Clark (10/22/2004)

3 stars out of 5 -- "Shimizu retains the Tokyo setting and most of the spooky details..."
Ultimate DVD - David MIller (10/01/2006)

"Mostly it's just Raimi and Shimizu gleefully delivering the B-movie basics: sudden jumps, shocks, bangs, screams, eye-poppers and gore shots, and at a rate that's thick and fast enough to satisfy the most jaded horror fan."
Uncut - Kevin Maher (12/01/2004)

"Gellar is surprisingly good as a harrowed heroine..."
Sight and Sound - Kim Newman (12/01/2004)

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Created: 09/22/05

The Grudge

Leave that freaking house alone.

Rather than beat all of you reading this down with the whole "Hey, did you know they only made this movie because of the success of The Ring? And did you also know that this is also a remake of a Japanese horror movie directed by the same guy who directed the Japanese version? Huh? HUH?" - I'll move on and talk about the movie. Oh, and no Buffy references either. You don't need to be bludgeoned over the head with those bad jokes.

Some bad stuff happened in a house a few years back in Japan - and when the new owners move in, they find out about this curse thing where if someone dies in an intense way - they stick around to haunt. Sarah Michelle Gellar plays the role of a house cleaner (caretaker) working her way through college who gets hooked up with this house, and subsequently, gets to share in the goolies.

First of all, the movie is creepy - despite some bad reviews. The director wields a lot of suspense for a movie that actually shows the payoff right from the beginning. And that's a difficult feat. The crazy, pale Japanese ghosts with eyes about as big as an anime cartoon get under your skin adequately enough. So props go there.

And props go to the screenplay. It's nice when a horror movie isn't wrought with way too much exposition and over-explaining. In fact, even though I'm trying not to draw comparisons, I felt The Ring suffered a bit from those very problems. Not here though. The creepy starts from the beginning and keeps on coming, without much time for the whole "why is this happening" speech. To tell you the truth, it's refreshing.

However, the non-linier storytelling can become a bit confusing for those not paying attention. When it goes in flashback mode - you better be on your toes or you'll be scratching your head and getting frustrated. It didn't bother me so much, but I did find it could have been done more effectively.

The big issue with this movie is simply its lack of depth. Sure, there are scary moments - but there is nothing here that will stick with you. The good scary movies are the ones that make you think twice about turning out the lights. The Grudge doesn't do that.

And as a side note - it did seem like a give up that they set the movie in Japan...but put some Americans in it. I mean, why not just show me the original?

The extras are not bad as you get cast and crew commentary that's better than normal (some funny stuff in there too), a five-part "making of," and a little documentary on fear and film audiences that ends up being fluffy. So, buy it if you like this kind of stuff.

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Created: 01/07/09

The Grudge (2005, DVD)

It's not the scary hit that The Ring was in 2002, but The Grudge makes a similarly convincing case for American remakes of popular Japanese horror films. Barely a year passed between the release of Takashi Shimizu's creepy ghost story Ju-On: The Grudge and the production of this American remake, set in Tokyo and starring Sarah Michelle Gellar in her first post-Buffy horror film. About the only significant difference between the two films is the importing of a mostly-American cast (including Bill Pullman, Clea DuVall and Grace Zabriskie), but The Grudge was reconfigured (by screenwriter Stephen Susco) to allow Shimizu to refine and improve the spookiest highlights of his earlier version, which enjoyed previous incarnations as a short film and two made-for-Japanese-video features. Surprising box-office analysts with a $40 million opening weekend, The Grudge may disappoint hard-core horror fans because it lacks gore and graphic violence, but as a creepy tale about a very haunted house, it's guaranteed to send a few chills up your spine.

Love the Movie If you have to much Gore it can be distracting. But a good creepy tale always gets you hooked......
{ Mrs puman}

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Created: 04/24/11

Just doesn't compare to the original but its still entertaining

Review For: The Grudge (DVD, 2005, Extended Cut, Not Rated)

A fan of the Japanese version of the film; Ju-on, I had to buy this movie to see how it compared to the original, and also being a fan of Sarah Michelle Gellar, from her Buffy the vampire slayer years, made this film a must have for myself. The acting was not bad, but it just did not compare with the original Japanese version where it had a more authentic feel that this movie just did not have, what saved this film I believe was the special effects and the dark atmosphere that is present in this version as was in the original film Ju-on. The Grudge is about a curse that is born when someone dies in the grip of a powerful rage or extreme sorrow. The curse gathers in the place where that person died. Those who encounter this supernatural presence die and the curse is reborn which it then passes from victim to victim by those who are touched by this curse. The film does stay faithful to the Japanese release with very little alteration to the original script, this version is the unrated extended directors cut which includes an extra 6 minutes of film footage not available in the original release.

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Created: 09/24/06

Why Remake a Perfectly Good Modern Movie?

Just want to say, right off the bat, that I am not a big fan of remakes. I see how some older movies could use with a remake because of the technology available. I've found myself hoping for a remake of some classic horror films - Last House on the Left anyone? But to remake a movie that came out a couple of years before just because the studios don't want people to "strain" their brains by reading subtitles?

Ju-on is the original Japanese movie that has become a classic for the creepiness it oozes from every frame. So Hollywood did what worked so well for another groundbreaking Japanese horror film - Ringu - and remade it frame by frame. Using the same director, same locale, everything is the same - except for a storyline that is now being incorporated into The Grudge 2. So why does it not have the same creepy feeling as the original? It could be the acting - love Buffy, but c'mon she can't act - or it coul dbe that I had already made up my mind against this film before watching it.

Either way the original has a more surreal look and feel. The extra storyline adds to the history of the curse and the Japanese language actually makes you pay extra attention so you feel tense the whole time.
Still, this is not a bad movie and if you rather not read subtitles then it is worth the $. I rather watch originals not copies.

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Created: 04/16/11

The scariest movie I‘ve ever seen!!!

If I would have to summarize in a few words what do I like of this movie, in order to help you to decide if this is the kind of horror movies you like, they would be:

Ugly ghosts, japanese environment, detectives, foreign americans studying in Japan, unexpected scare, very mad spirits that were murder, ghost house, good actors.

If you like the american kind (spirits/ghosts) horror movies, and you really like to get scare with a movie, I think this is for you... The first time I watched this movie was at the movie theater some years ago, and since then I considered this movie the most scary movie I had ever seen. I wanted to buy this movie because I was feeling in the mood of watching horror movies, and I wanted to see if it caused the same effect it caused the first time I saw it, and it did. I have watched the dvd twice and it still being scary, it says something good of the movie, because usually watching a horror movie for a second time is not that scary, but this still being scary. I like horror movies, but the kind with ghost and spirits, (I dont like the ones with the psycho murder after a victim all of the movie), and this movie covers with that.
The fact that every thing happens in Japan (since the original movie Ju-On is Japanese) gives to the movie a really scare and cool environment. That‘s why I added this movie to my dvd collection!!!

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