The Grudge

The Grudge

The Grudge

Legendary horror producer Sam Raimi brings us a new take on the classic Japanese haunted house horror. Andrea Riseborough (Mandy) and John Cho (Searching) star in this US-set tale of supernatural vengeance.

2020Rating: 18, H L V94 minsUSA
Horror
Director:
Nicolas Pesce ('Piercing', 'The Eyes of My Mother')
Writer:
Jeff BuhlerNicolas Pesce
Cast:
John ChoAndrea RiseboroughLin ShayeDemián Bichir
80%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Wasn't as good as I anticipated.

3.0

Probably the worst film I have ever seen.

Astonishing that talented actors like Jackie Weaver ('Animal Kingdom") ,William Sadler ("Kinsey") and Andrea Riseborough (" Birdman") ended up in this pathetic, third rate apology of a horror movie. The clueless talentless director, who also wrote the screenplay, has no idea how to scare the pants off his audiences .. He and his editor have obviously...

1.0

It’s often said that the January post-Xmas period is used as a dumping ground for crappy movies and sadly ‘The Grudge’ does nothing to change that perception. A remake (of a remake) of the popular Japanese horror ‘Ju-on’, this modern retelling adds a few extra ingredients in the hopes of spicing up an already familiar formula, throwing some additional...

2.0

When someone watches this in the grip of powerful dissapointment

The Geets (greats): Despite many 'upsets' this movie was a refreshing addition to the Grudge series, with a few scary scenes and excellent acting and development of terror from the honorary Lin Shaye. The Phads (bads): This movie will always be cursed for being made as it will always be compared to the American remakes and the Japanese originals. They...

2.0

I hate horror films, and I hated this

Honestly, i'm not entirely sure why I decided to go see this movie (if you count seeing as sitting as low in my seat as I could, with my hand stationed somewhere around my face for ease of covering my eyes). It had plenty of jump scares (sometimes they waited a long time for them, and you're sitting there wanting it to happen to get it over and done...

4.0

Wasn't too bad...

As an escape from the real world for 2 hours I didn't think it was too bad. But I'm sure sure what the point was of remaking this movie? There were plot holes in some storylines and too much detail in others. But if you consider yourself a movie geek and like scary movies it's not too bad.

3.0

It's OK

This sidequel(?) felt fairly unnecessary and didn't add anything interesting to the series. It was better than what I expected from the initial reviews, but I can't see myself revisiting it in the future. The jump scares felt obvious, the score was too loud, and the plot had some pretty big holes. However I liked the lighting in some shots and the set...

2.0

It's just a horror movie, guys

As a stand alone, I didn’t hate it, and I know I’m one of the few. I hated La Llorona, and this was nowhere near as bad as that mess. I went in knowing nothing about the movie, and having seen the original last maybe 15 years ago at this point...too many jump scares for the sake of jump scares rather than being worthwhile. I kinda liked it though....

3.0
Stuff

Stuff

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Did I "like" it. No. But do I admire it as a lesson in craft, conviction, technique and inventiveness? Absolutely. If you're a genre fan, ready for a subtler approach to the boiler-plate than most, then I reckon you might enjoy The Grudge a great deal.

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

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Pesce has hired some fine actors and squandered them on a plot that isn't ingenious enough to justify the heartlessness that's all part of the package at this end of the horror movie market, where the desire to prop up a tired old franchise is more important than the film itself.

2.0
IndieWire

IndieWire

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Only succeeds at proving that the potential for this franchise died long ago.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

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Nicolas Pesce's new and improved take on The Grudge ... is often as nasty as you want it to be, its cheesy jump-scares and generic packaging be damned.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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Things keep devolving into a sort of "stock beats" catalog of J-scares that goes from déjà vu to dullness to deadening.

The New York Times

The New York Times

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The remake remains cursed by a fatally hokey concept.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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If the angry, vengeful "Ju-On" ghosts must endure, they might as well be deployed by someone who knows how to make their attacks bruising.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Nearly devoid of scares for the casual horror consumer, it will likely elicit a respectful dismissal from genre connoisseurs: "We get what you're trying to do," they might gently say to the filmmakers. "It didn't work."

Variety

Variety

press

A reboot of a remake of a movie that wasn't too scary to begin with, the latest version of 'The Grudge' conjures nothing but the dregs of J-horror.

Stuff

Stuff

press

Did I "like" it. No. But do I admire it as a lesson in craft, conviction, technique and inventiveness? Absolutely. If you're a genre fan, ready for a subtler approach to the boiler-plate than most, then I reckon you might enjoy The Grudge a great deal.

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Pesce has hired some fine actors and squandered them on a plot that isn't ingenious enough to justify the heartlessness that's all part of the package at this end of the horror movie market, where the desire to prop up a tired old franchise is more important than the film itself.

2.0
IndieWire

IndieWire

press

Only succeeds at proving that the potential for this franchise died long ago.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

Nicolas Pesce's new and improved take on The Grudge ... is often as nasty as you want it to be, its cheesy jump-scares and generic packaging be damned.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Things keep devolving into a sort of "stock beats" catalog of J-scares that goes from déjà vu to dullness to deadening.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The remake remains cursed by a fatally hokey concept.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

If the angry, vengeful "Ju-On" ghosts must endure, they might as well be deployed by someone who knows how to make their attacks bruising.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Nearly devoid of scares for the casual horror consumer, it will likely elicit a respectful dismissal from genre connoisseurs: "We get what you're trying to do," they might gently say to the filmmakers. "It didn't work."

Variety

Variety

press

A reboot of a remake of a movie that wasn't too scary to begin with, the latest version of 'The Grudge' conjures nothing but the dregs of J-horror.

Wasn't as good as I anticipated.

3.0

Probably the worst film I have ever seen.

Astonishing that talented actors like Jackie Weaver ('Animal Kingdom") ,William Sadler ("Kinsey") and Andrea Riseborough (" Birdman") ended up in this pathetic, third rate apology of a horror movie. The clueless talentless director, who also wrote the screenplay, has no idea how to scare the pants off his audiences .. He and his editor have obviously...

1.0

It’s often said that the January post-Xmas period is used as a dumping ground for crappy movies and sadly ‘The Grudge’ does nothing to change that perception. A remake (of a remake) of the popular Japanese horror ‘Ju-on’, this modern retelling adds a few extra ingredients in the hopes of spicing up an already familiar formula, throwing some additional...

2.0

When someone watches this in the grip of powerful dissapointment

The Geets (greats): Despite many 'upsets' this movie was a refreshing addition to the Grudge series, with a few scary scenes and excellent acting and development of terror from the honorary Lin Shaye. The Phads (bads): This movie will always be cursed for being made as it will always be compared to the American remakes and the Japanese originals. They...

2.0

I hate horror films, and I hated this

Honestly, i'm not entirely sure why I decided to go see this movie (if you count seeing as sitting as low in my seat as I could, with my hand stationed somewhere around my face for ease of covering my eyes). It had plenty of jump scares (sometimes they waited a long time for them, and you're sitting there wanting it to happen to get it over and done...

4.0

Wasn't too bad...

As an escape from the real world for 2 hours I didn't think it was too bad. But I'm sure sure what the point was of remaking this movie? There were plot holes in some storylines and too much detail in others. But if you consider yourself a movie geek and like scary movies it's not too bad.

3.0

It's OK

This sidequel(?) felt fairly unnecessary and didn't add anything interesting to the series. It was better than what I expected from the initial reviews, but I can't see myself revisiting it in the future. The jump scares felt obvious, the score was too loud, and the plot had some pretty big holes. However I liked the lighting in some shots and the set...

2.0

It's just a horror movie, guys

As a stand alone, I didn’t hate it, and I know I’m one of the few. I hated La Llorona, and this was nowhere near as bad as that mess. I went in knowing nothing about the movie, and having seen the original last maybe 15 years ago at this point...too many jump scares for the sake of jump scares rather than being worthwhile. I kinda liked it though....

3.0