The Grudge – Review

Worth seeing: as the latest Japanese horror to get the Hollywood treatment, resulting in an incoherent mess with few real scares
Director:Takashi Shimizu
Featuring:Sarah Michelle Gellar, Bill Pullman, Clea DuVall, Grace Zabriskie, Jason Behr, KaDee Strickland, Ryo Ishibashi, Ted Raimi, William Mapother
Length:92 minutes
Certificate:15
Country:Japan, US
Released:5th November 2004

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

Karen (Sarah Michelle Gellar) moves to Japan to live with her student boyfriend, Doug (Jason Behr).

She gets work as a carer with an agency.

When a colleague fails to turn up for work, the agency sends Karen to help an elderly woman, in her big spooky house.

It’s spooky for good reason: since the violent deaths of its former residents, everyone who’s been there has died.

Will Karen be able to break the curse?

WHAT’S IT LIKE?

Letting a foreign director helm his own Hollywood remake doesn’t have a happy precedent: George Sluizer’s Vanishing is a case in point. Now we have another.

The difference with this one is that it’s hard to see how such an incoherent mess was ever deemed worthy of a remake.

It thinks it’s much scarier than it is, but more shocks come from the violinist dropping his bow than anything else.

The only real scares are rip-offs from better films like Ring and Dark Water.