Sarah Michelle Gellar, Yuya Ozeki, Takako Fuji, Jason Behr, and
Directed by: Sam Raimi
Bluntly speaking? The Grudge is horrific. It lures
you with its uber-creepy trailer and perhaps a knowledge of Takashi
Shimizu's hit Ju-on (its Japanese legacy) into thinking
its gonna make you scream - yeah, scream with laughter. Granted
some of the evil entity effects are pretty unnerving - but a few
good hair-raising ghosts within a convoluted story does not a
good film make.
Story goes...A happy couple are spending a year abroad in Japan.
Karen (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is a home health care professional.
When a coworker doesn't show up she is asked to watch a catatonic
woman on the outskirts of town.
Almost immediately Karen gets an uneasy feeling from in the woman's
abode, and rightfully so. The entities that dwell within this
house have a hair-across-their-asses. They hold a grudge...apparently...
against anyone one that dares to intrude their dwelling - and
they are traveling demons. They'll follow you to the ends of the
world to destroy you. They can shape-shift, use public transportation
and are rather good mimics. Their excuse for all their ill-placed
revenge on the innocents? It's the old proverb, "When one
dies in a state of extreme rage they stay to unleash a fury to
the living," or something.
a pretty cool premise awash in a pretty bad film.
Sarah Michelle Gellar, as Karen, gives good enough shocked-face
oh-deary-me reactions. But after about an hour of her shenanigans
you're begging the entity to just be done with her already.
The piece starts off great - what with levitating spirits and
a ghastly child creeping up the frames. But it's too heavy on
these confusing edits, mixed in with fragmented information so
it soon becomes just stupid. You get an uneasy feeling the cast
- perhaps - decided to be involved in the project for the free
trip to Japan.
the original version Ju-on and you may get a fright - this
is B movie without the fun campy aspect (it takes itself way too
seriously for that). The score by Christopher Young is probably
the reason any of the film is truly scary. Without his psyche
altering dadadaum musical crescendos you've just got chalked
up actors going boo.
Snack recommendation: Dinner in a Little Toyko and see
the original version Ju-on now available in the foreign