Reviews

The Grudge

3

A Hollywood retooling of Takashi Shimizu's Asian frightener, The Grudge scores brownie points for hiring the original writer-director and giving wannabe scream queen Sarah Michelle Gellar plenty to exercise her lungs over. The plot is as insubstantial as the ghosties: a murder-suicide in a suburban Tokyo house leaves behind a supernatural curse that offs anyone who comes into contact with it. Cue plenty of `J-horror' signature motifs - ghost-girls in need of a haircut, CCTV cameras capturing wandering spirits - as Shimizu basically remakes his earlier outing shot-for-shot. Those unfamiliar with Ju-On will be left trembling; everyone else will be afflicted with nothing more disturbing than a lingering sense of déjà vu.

Film Details

  • 15
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: February 14th 2005