The Grudge

Sarah Michelle Gellar Clea DuVall Kadee Strickland William R. Mapother Jason Behr

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The Grudge is a masterpiece of modern horror, set in a modest suburban house in Tokyo that belies the hidden terror that lies within. Karen (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is an exchange student studying social work in Japan who innocently agrees to cover for a nurse who didn't show up for work. When she enters the assigned home, she discovers an elderly American woman who is lost in a catatonic state while the rest of the house appears deserted and dishevelled.

As she is tending to the stricken old woman, Emma (Grace Zabriskie), Karen hears strange scratching sounds from upstairs. When she investigates, she is faced with a supernatural horror more frightening than she could ever imagine. Within this house, a chain of terror has been set in motion resulting from a terrifying evil that was born years before. As more people die, Karen is pulled into the cycle of horror and learns the secret of the vengeful curse that has taken root in this house. Now she must stop it before it's too late.

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Takashi Shimizu
Region 2

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An American nurse living and working in Tokyo is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse, one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim

Big on jumps

But low on plot. That's how I would describe "The Grudge". Like "The Ring" before it, "The Grudge" is an Americanized version of a highly successful Japanese Horror flick. (Has Hollywood no original horror script-writers left?) Anyway, "The Grudge" is okay. Not great, but certainly not terrible. The characterisation is weak, with little or no explanation as to the whys and wherefores of the plot. A house "replays" events?? Please. Tell us something we don't know. Where the film scores is the score, (see what I did there?) the soundtrack is integral to the plot, in fact it could be called a secondary character. The acting is above average with TV's Buffy and "Roswell's" Jason Behr putting in good performances. (with what little material they have to work with) The Japanese contingent are universally good and Bill Pullmann is surprisingly heavy in a smallish role. While "The Grudge" won't be winning any awards any time soon, it is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon.


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