The Grudge

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Overview

This American remake of director Takashi Shimizu's popular Japanese movie franchise The Grudge puts Buffy the Vampire Slayer alumna Sarah Michelle Gellar back into the line of supernatural fire. When Karen Gellar, an American student working with a Japanese health center for college credit, comes across a mysterious curse, she quickly finds herself embroiled in a fight for her own sanity, and, ultimately, her very survival. Known as a "grudge," the curse was born inside of a house after its inhabitants died while...
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Overview

This American remake of director Takashi Shimizu's popular Japanese movie franchise The Grudge puts Buffy the Vampire Slayer alumna Sarah Michelle Gellar back into the line of supernatural fire. When Karen Gellar, an American student working with a Japanese health center for college credit, comes across a mysterious curse, she quickly finds herself embroiled in a fight for her own sanity, and, ultimately, her very survival. Known as a "grudge," the curse was born inside of a house after its inhabitants died while consumed by rage -- according to legend, the curse touches all who come into contact with it, and will torment those unlucky individuals until they, too, become part of the grudge . Each time the curse finds a new victim, it is, in a sense, reborn, and will continue on its path unless Karen can free herself from its control over her. This version of The Grudge is also directed by Shimizu, and features Jason Behr, Clea DuVall, Kadee Strickland, William Mapother, and Bill Pullman in supporting roles. ~ Tracie Cooper
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Cast and crew commentary including Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi, Sarah Michelle Gellar & more; "A Powerful Rage": a five-part "making-of" documentary; "Under the Skin" featurette - a medical explanation of fear in response to film
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Having previously directed four variations on his patented vengeful ghost storyline in his native Japan, director Takashi Shimizu brings his lucrative horror franchise stateside with this remake of 2003's Ju-on: The Grudge. Though likely to be more frightening to American audiences unfamiliar with the conventions of Japanese horror than those who have basked in the dread of the slow-moving, dark-haired female ghosts that have seemingly come to define the genre, Shimizu's fifth entry into the popular series does manage to sustain the dread that so endeared the original Japanese Ju-on films to audiences in search of a good scare, while constantly keeping viewers on their toes with a series of well-timed shocks. Of course, when one has revisited the same themes and characters so many times, it's only a matter of time before the story begins to cannibalize itself. In addition to retelling the story from the first theatrical feature, The Grudge also reaches back to the original two shot-on-video features to provide a few good scares -- a fact that, despite its general effectiveness, does hint that the well may be running a bit dry and Shimizu may be wise to consider expanding his oeuvre as his international reputation continues to grow. If audiences find fault in any aspect of this surprisingly faithful remake, it may be in composer Christopher Young's suitably creepy, but somewhat clichéd score -- which tends to serve as a somewhat obvious primer to the film's most frightening moments. If this revelation comes as something of a disappointment to viewers who like their scares to come when least expected, it should be noted that the film makes fantastic -- and extremely unsettling -- use of sound to heighten the audience's sense of fear. When combined with Shimizu's penchant for nonlinear storytelling, these genuinely unsettling auditory assaults serve well to keep the viewer disoriented and ill-at-ease throughout. Additionally, Shimizu succeeds in the end by taking horror conventions one step further. Viewers are certainly well-aware that characters who investigate strange noises or peer into darkened corners are likely to meet a predictable fate, but by bending the unspoken rule that if you escape the haunted house you elude the ghost, Shimizu offers some truly unexpected and satisfying moments of terror that will no doubt serve to influence future cinematic hauntings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2005
  • UPC: 043396062603
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 16,598

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sarah Michelle Gellar Karen
Jason Behr Doug
William Mapother Matthew
Clea Duvall Jennifer
KaDee Strickland Susan
Bill Pullman Peter
Grace Zabriskie Emma
Rosa Blasi Maria
Ted Raimi Alex
Ryo Ishibashi Nakagawa
Yoko Maki Yoko
Yuya Ozeki Toshio
Takako Fuji Kayako
Takashi Matsuyama Takeo
Hiroshi Matsunaga Igarashi
Hajime Okayama Suzuki
Yoshiyuki Morishita Guard
Kazuyuki Tsumura Peter's Co-Worker
Jotaro Kitamura Policeman
Taigi Kobayashi Policeman
Junko Koizumi Mother
Nana Koizumi Daughter
Yoichi Okamura Restaurant Manager
Technical Credits
Takashi Shimizu Director
Masanori Adachi Asst. Director
Chiho Asada Translator
Nancy Nayor Battino Casting
Jeff Betancourt Editor
Hiroshi Chono Asst. Director
Shawn-Holly Cookson Costumes/Costume Designer
Doug Davison Executive Producer
Kayoko K. Dietsche Translator
Joe Drake Executive Producer
Shunsuke Gondo Stunts
Andrew Heinbold Animator
Steven Heinbold Animator
Aubrey Henderson Co-producer
Miho Hohjoh Translator
Kaori Ichijyo Stunts
Takashige Ichise Producer
Nathan Kahane Executive Producer
Kiyoshi Kakizawa Sound Mixer
Sayuri Kanamori Translator
Katsumi Kaneda Set Decoration/Design
Reiko Kato Translator
Michael Kirk Co-producer
Carsten H.W. Lorenz Executive Producer
Kelly Martin-Wagner Casting
Yuichi Matsui Makeup Special Effects
Noriyuki Mizuguichi Cinematographer
Sachie Munemura Makeup
Jane O'Kane Makeup
Katsuhiro Ogawa Production Manager
Sam Raimi Producer
Roy Lee Executive Producer
Iwao Saito Production Designer
Shintaro Shimosawa Co-producer
Stephen Susco Screenwriter
Robert Tapert Producer
Masashi Yamaguchi Casting
Hideo Yamamoto Cinematographer
Kyoko Yauchi Art Director
Kazuhiko Yokono Sound Mixer
Christopher Young Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start
2. Yoko
3. Karen
4. Care Center
5. The Closet
6. Toshio
7. "We'll Take It."
8. So Lost
9. "Where's Jennifer?"
10. Detectives
11. The Attic
12. Karen in Hospital
13. Susan at Work
14. Susan in Elevator
15. "What Happened There?"
16. Karen Takes a Shower
17. Yoko's Return
18. The Saeki Family
19. Caught on Tape
20. Karen Visits Maria
21. Peter's Story
22. Karen Confronts Nakagawa
23. Nakagawa Takes Action
24. Back to the House
25. Time Slip
26. Motive
27. Kayako Crawls Down Stairs
28. Body I.D.
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Languages
      Audio Setup: English
      Audio Setup: French
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: French
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: Subtitles Off
   Previews
      The Grudge
      The Forgotten
      Guess Who
      Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid
      Boogeyman
      Riding Giants
      Spider-Man 2
      Man of the House
      Mirrormask
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew Commentary by Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi, Sarah Michelle Gellar & More: On
      Cast & Crew Commentary by Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi, Sarah Michelle Gellar & More: Off
      A Powerful Rage: Behind the Grudge
         Play All
         The Birth of the Grudge
         Myth of the Ju-On
         Culture Shock: The American Cast in Japan
         Designing the Grudge House
         A New Direction: Understanding Takashi Shimizu
      Under the Skin
      Previews
         The Grudge
         The Forgotten
         Guess Who
         Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid
         Boogeyman
         Riding Giants
         Spider-Man 2
         Man of the House
         Mirrormask
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Scary? No. Comical? Yes.

    This film is a very sad affair. The makeup was lacking and completely unispired. Sure, audiences have seen their share of pale, sinewy, and veiny ghouls that vibrate across walls and floors. It was scary for a time and is still downright creepy. However, these ghouls are of a plainer variety and make dry, choking sounds as if in need of a cool beverage. That or they meow like a cat. I get the symbolizm, it is simple enough for a child to comprehend, but whether or not one gets the concept is hardly the point. The point of this film is to shock, to scare, to frighten. All it achieves from this end though is a few giggles each time I see that long, black-haired clown pop her head out of closets or other random compartments. If you are easily scared by silly and pretentious makeup then by all means buy this. Then, to really top off your AMAZING movie collection you can buy a copy of Gigli.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Grudge was the only movie to have terrified me, besides the exorcist!!!

    For awile now, scary movies have been about gore, and a man that always seems to catch up to his victims just by walking. Luckily the Grudge brings a different side to horror. Sarah Michelle Gellar makes the character more believable, and has the ability to cry at the snap of a finger. The storyline is awesome, and the way the curse beganis great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Remake of Ju On

    I first heard about the original Ju On Film then went to see The Grudge and it reminded me of the Ring because of how the character called Kayako looked especially with the trade mark of the long dark hair covering the face from how it was in the Ring's character Sadako. Basically its the same story from the original about a murder that triggers events leading to a curse that surrounds who ever enters the house and the main character tries to end the spirit's reign of terror. Thought it tends to be compared with The Ring which was also a good movie in its own right. Either way I recommend this movie to whomever has seend Ju On or is just starting to get into this type of movie genre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Too Scary For Words!

    The Grugde was not just one of the most,but THE most terrifying movie I have ever seen in my entire life! And when I say this I am not exaggerating. Me and my sister never get scared when it comes to these type of movies but I must admit that The Grudge got me.Not saying that I won't watch it again but...If you want to be more than scared,more than terrified,The Grudge is it! I give it five stars all the way.It should do more than keep your light on...'cause it can't get more scarier than that!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not bad, but could have been better

    This is a great example of if it's not broke don't fix it. The Japanese version of this movie is much better then the American remake. Sarah Michelle Gellar didn't do a bad job in this movie, but I think the movie, in this case, would have gained from using a no-name actress.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Scary and suspenseful! CHILLING!

    The Grudge is about a care worker helping a woman in a house with a violent past. Learning evil sins were committed in the home, she faces a supernatural evil that never dies, but spreads like a deadly virus. The acting was awesome, thumbs up SMG and Jason Behr. The movie was chilling and scary, and I jumped over 4 times in the movies. Good suspenseful music and good chills and thrills, but the movie can be slow at some parts, and confusing. Acting: 9 A- 91 Jumps: 10 A+ 100 Plot: 10 A- 91 OVERALL: 94

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good movie, but I expected more

    This movie was all around good but I just didn't get scared of it like I did with movies like Rosmary's Baby and The Exorcist(which I also reveiwed). The movie was a japanese horror film which does answer some of my questions. I can see why it was called the Grudge because of it's plot. The girl who liked this guy but she was married to this big creep. And her son who was drowed by hid dad. The dad then found out and killed the mother. I just don't see why Sarah Michele Geller got thrown in it all. Maybe it was because she opened that closet door but the director should have made that pronounced. So, yeah, good movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Grudge

    i didn't like this movie at all. if you're looking for thriller and horror, this is the movie to see.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Grudge

    this movie made me jump and scream. good thing i didn't see this in the movie theatre! i think this is probably one of the best thriller movies i've ever seen, only because it really scared the daylights outta me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AN ENJOYABLE HORROR MOVIE

    I really liked this movie despite what other people told me about this movie. It could have been a lot scarier, but it hit the spot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    pretty scary

    this movie was scary but not as scary as 'the ring'. a few parts made me jump but overall it was kind of pointless.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not remotely as good as 'The Ring'

    This movie was okay, just not as good as 'The Ring'. I went to this movie in the theater, because I heard it was supposed to be the most terrifying movie since 'The Ring'. But it really wasn't all that scary. All in all, I would have to say that this was an okay movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the BEST horror movies I've seen!

    The movie was just as good as 'The Ring',but better.It wasn't the story that scared me, but the way they filmed it. I loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2005

    Great but Ju-On is better...

    The Grudge is a really good movie, but Ju-On is better. It has more detail and is scarier. Both are worth buying though...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    'The Ring' was better

    'The Grudge' was another movie like the 'The Ring' but the latter was better. Shimizu tried to bring the Americanized version for English-speaking people, but it ended up becoming a cross between 'The Ring' and 'The Amityville Horror'.I think I would have enjoyed the Japanese version better called 'Ju-on'.Even though I do not speak Japanese, I heard that their kind of horror is psychological, like 'The Ring' because it gives the same theme: if anyone dies in powerful rage, a curse is born. 'The Grudge' has some scary moments, but it would be better to watch it on DVD, whether bought or rented. Heather M. Gittens

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Scariest Movie I've Ever Seen!

    This was the scariest movie I have ever seen. Not only that, but it was fun and entertaining. Sarah Michelle Gellar's character is a young social work student who has followed her boyfriend to Japan where he is working. She is sent to the house of an American family in place of the usual care-taker. The house is littered with garbage and the woman- who is practically comatose- is left alone. Sarah's character later discovers the horrible history of the house.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not As Scary

    The Grudge was scary, made me turn pale at couple scens but if you want a scary movie rent Ju-on. Which is the original grudge from Japan, and if you still want more Japan released Ju-on 2. The only set back is that ju-on is subtitled. Not a problem really, it comes in handy at those chilling parts. You can concentrate on the subtitles when a feaky part comes up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Thumbs down

    This movie had some really creepy parts, but overall it was slow paced and boring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Date Movie

    scared the you know what out of my girlfriend and me, she was almost literally climbing up the back of the seat in the theater or hiding in my arms...you'll think about it when you try to go sleep, made the hair stand up on the back of my neck, still does just thinking about it...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movies flippin scary!!!!!!

    this is a really great movie.now i never wanna go in my attic or leave my closet door open at nite agin!

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