We have a clear understanding of death, eternity, souls and evil in Horror. The Grudge presents all of those facets, and while there is not much hope given, the eternal consequences hit home. For a good time, and a lesson in some Japanese culture, this is one not to miss. I am glad I saw it, and I will see it again. While it may not be the best Horror movie ever made, to me, it was the scariest.

(2004) Film Review

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The Grudge
(US 2004)
Ju-On: The Grudge
(Japan 2003)
Review by Mike Furches
Review by Ed Travis
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Review BY Darrel Manson
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Directed by Takashi Shimizu
Original screeplay by Takashi Shimizu (film Ju-On: The Grudge)
Screenplay by Stephen Susco

Cast (in credits order)
Sarah Michelle Gellar .... Kare Davis
Jason Behr .... Doug
William Mapother .... Matthew Williams
Clea DuVall .... Jennifer Williams
KaDee Strickland .... Susan Williams
Grace Zabriskie .... Emma
Bill Pullman .... Peter
Rosa Blasi .... Maria
Ted Raimi .... Alex
Ryo Ishibashi .... Detective Nakagawa
Yoko Maki .... Yoko
Yuya Ozeki .... Toshio Saeki
Takako Fuji .... Kayako Saeki
Takashi Matsuyama .... Takeo Saeki
Hiroshi Matsunaga .... Igarashi

Produced by
Doug Davison .... producer
Joseph Drake .... executive producer
Takashige Ichise .... producer (as Taka Ichise)
Nathan Kahane .... executive producer
Roy Lee .... producer
Carsten H.W. Lorenz .... executive producer
Sam Raimi .... executive producer
Shintaro Shimosawa .... co-producer
Robert G. Tapert .... producer

Original Music by Christopher Young
Cinematography by Hideo Yamamoto
Film Editing by Jeff Betancourt

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, disturbing images/terror/violence, and some sensuality.
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Following in the footsteps of The Ring cycle, the Ju-On series of horror films has taken Japan by the throat. According to this movie, the title refers to a curse placed upon a house where violence occurred. Sure enough, we see a string of unhappy encounters in a seemingly ordinary home, where ghosts have settled in the aftermath of murder. Director Takashi Shimizu (who also directed the Hollywood remake, The Grudge) constructs the picture out of separate fragments, not told in chronological order; the haunted house is the main character, not any one of the unsuspecting human characters. Cult mavens might suggest that Shimizu uses devices and images that have already worked well in films by Hideo Nakata and Kiyoshi Kurosawa--the Japanese horror film does have its conventions. But none of that matters if you're watching this movie alone at home on a dark night. Click, click, click.... --Robert Horton

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In Sam Raimi and Columbia Pictures’ powerful thriller The Grudge, based on the Japanese blockbuster JU-ON: THE GRUDGE, the normal façade of a modest house in Tokyo belies the hidden terror within. It is possessed by a violent plague that destroys the lives of everyone who enters. Known as “The Grudge,” this curse causes its victims to die in the grip of a powerful rage. Those who are fatally afflicted by the curse die and a new curse is born – passed like a virus to all those who enter the house in an endless, growing chain of horror.

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, Emma (GRACE ZABRISKIE), who is lost in a catatonic state while the rest of the house appears deserted and disheveled.

As she is tending to the stricken old woman, Karen hears 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.

Click to go to Ed's BlogReview by ED TRAVIS

Japanese horror has arrived in America, and we may not be ready for it!

Click to enlargeThe Grudge, directed by Takashi Shimizu, is a haunted house movie at its core. The film stars Sarah Michelle Gellar as a highly unfortunate American social worker who, with her boyfriend, is studying in Japan. She is given a case at a home where she finds more than she bargained for. The owners of the house appear to be missing. It takes only a moment for the house to begin its haunting.

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Click to go to Mike's BlogReview by MIKE FURCHES

Click to enlargeI sometimes like to think of myself as a big, bad, mean-looking dude. Believe it or not I actually kind of work at it. It is where I am from and it is a part of where I live. I have always enjoyed it when people look at me and ask with a tone of surprise, “You’re a pastor?” Like I said, it is how I grew up, it is who I was. While I am pleased that most people now refer to me as a “Big ol’ Teddy Bear,” I also am not ashamed of where I came from or who I used to be. I am glad that I am a new person, but part of my past will forever linger on.

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Review by Mike Furches
Review by Ed Travis
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About this Film pdf

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