The Grudge (2020)

The original Grudge movie is a 2003 Japanese horror film that was remade in the U.S. staring Sarah Michelle Gellar in 2004. I never watched any of the original Grudge movies, which is surprising considering horror is one of my favorite genres, but it didn’t really look good to me. So do we need another remake of ‘The Grudge’? Probably not, all the reviews I’ve seen suggest not. 4.1/10 on IMD, 17% on Rotten Tomatoes, and 22% on Fandango, but the cast lured me in to see this one. ‘The Grudge’ has a pretty decent cast starring Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion), Lin Shaye (Insidious), John Cho (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle), and Betty Gilpin (GLOW, Stuber).

The plot boiled down is simple, a house is cursed by a vengeful ghost that curses those who enter it with a violent death. The story line is really good, it keeps you on the edge of your seat and glued to the screen. It relies heavily on on gore and jump scares for the scare factor, although the jump scares are slow and easily predictable. Also it is pretty gory but it’s not scary because of it. So i wouldn’t call this movie scary more of a mystery/ suspense. I can see why it has low ratings, the story is very good and keeps you intrigued, but it is jumbled and jumps around a lot. The first murders take place in 2004 and it is now 2006 in the story, so it constantly jumps between 2004, 2005, and 2006 without any real timeline. It leaves a tangled yarn of a mess, but once you get it all untangled it’s pretty good. The acting is also solid, Andrea Riseborough does a great job as the leading role of the detective. Due to the good acting, great story line, but being jumbled up. I give it a 6/10. Now if it followed more of a straight line in the story it would have been a great movie, and probably an 8. It is worth the watch though, and is a good kickoff for horror in 2020.


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