The Grudge 2 (2006)
Director: Takashi Shimizu
Main Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Amber Tamblyn, Arielle Kebbel, Takako Fuji, Sarah Roemer
Storyline: 3 stories collide into the curse as it continues.
Review (Spoils): We have three different tales going on at the same time in this new entry of The Grudge series. A young woman (Amber Tamblyn )deals with some supernatural forces while searching for her missing sister (Sarah Michelle Gellar) in Tokyo, a high school prank goes horrible wrong and a woman with a secret pass moves into a apartment building in the city of Chicago. The first storyline is the main story as we have Aubrey trying to track down what happened to her sister Karen (see the first film) and the reasons of the curse.
The beginning of the film is extremely weak and boring but if you can get past that the film does have a creepy vibe and it is darker then the first film. The film did the same thing as the first film with the noises and the typical long haired ghost girl/boy who after a while you have to admit no longer becomes scary, typical noises and fuzzy pictures yet again. Another fault of the film (for me anyways) man Sarah Michelle Gellar role was small. It almost felt like cash grab like Drew Barrymore in Scream.
Rating: nothing much like the original series of Ju-on this American version is trying to keep cashing in on the series and the Hollywood types that like the same thing over again and again so they can hear their own screams in the theater. We have hot babes like Sarah Michelle Gellar, Amber Tamblyn and Arielle Kebbel but there is nothing really new here and the mix of the three stories does not make sense in the long run as your main focus because the story of what happened to Karen. It’s not a bad film but after a while you do seemed to get bored over the same shit over and over.
Scream 2 (1997)
Director: Wes Craven
Main Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Jada Pinkett Smith, Heather Graham, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Marisol Nichols, Laurie Metcalf
Storyline: 2 years later and Ghostface is back haunting Sidney and her friends.
Review (Spoils): 2 years after the great Ghostface murders people have moved on such as Sidney (Neve Campbell) is now in college, Cotton is out of prison, Gale (Courteney Cox )wrote a book on the event and now is becoming a movie called Stab. As the movie is about to be released Ghostface returns or is it a new murder? The film starts to follow the same lines as the first in the series.
Another “who did it?” murder film under the Scream name. The film is not horrible but it is pretty much the same as the first one, same characters, same actors/ actresses and more dead bodies. We have more blood in this one which is a good thing and the babes grace the screen on this one. The ending has a very interesting twist and the gore is present. The only thing that drove me nuts on this film was the point of making it a film within a film. I hated the whole Stab idea.
Rating: If jam your film full of beautiful Hollywood ladies does that make it a good film? If it was a porno yes but it’s not so the answer is no. This is actually the last decent part of the series so get this one in before the series becomes dead.
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
Director: Jim Gillespie
Stars: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Heche, Ryan Phillippe, Freddie Prinze Jr., Bridgette Wilson-Sampras
Storyline: A bunch of teenagers are in great danger one year after they hit a stranger in a hit and run.
Review: A bunch of teenagers are driving in a car and they hit a walking fisherman. They dump the body into the water and pretend nothing has happened. One year later they start to get notes and messages that someone “knows what they did last summer”. This leads the teens into a panic and one by one they start to get murdered by a stranger in a fisherman’s slicker and his great ice hook.
To me this is the beginning of the death of horror films of this era. We have teenie boppers that are nice on the eyes but stupid and brainless in character. Sure it would cool if Jason came by and slashed them all too bits but he doesn’t. The film is ok as the story does have a reason behind it but there are over done kills and no memories really for this film except maybe Jennifer Love Hewitt and Sarah Michelle Gellar. I personally find it hard to take a horror film serious when it filled with Hollywood stars and that’s what happened here. Horror films are to raw and scary, not red carpet.
It’s too bad as the slasher character idea was neat but the there is nothing really that stands out for the film. Scream dragged this film into the ground for me as it has been done and here we go with the horror fetish of Hollywood. We have car accidents, car running over people, disappearing bodies and lots of he is here and now he isn’t.
Rating: Typical teen horror film with no real scares or memories. Just a bunch of beautiful people running around, being chased and worried about a man in a fisherman’s slicker. This is what the film is.
The Grudge (2004)
Director: Takashi Shimizu
Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jason Behr, Clea DuVall
Storyline: An American nurse moves to Tokyo and gets exposed to a haunting curse.
Review (spoils): Yet another remake after the great success of The Ring. This time the film is Jun-on and it involves the queen of hotness Sarah Michelle Gellar. We have Karen (Sarah Michelle Gellar) who moves to Tokyo for work and this leads to her to a house that has a haunting and vengeful spirit. This spirit possesses and travels and kills. The haunting of a young woman named Kayako who has pale skin, long dark hair, wide eyes, and crawls due to her broken ankle.
The film works off sound effects more than anything and the scares do work well with this in mind. The acting is pretty decent and it did not stray far from the original film, such as the little boy, the noises of the spirit and the story of Kayako. Do not think of gore or blood for this film as it runs off of jumps and haunting scares.
Rating: I do not mind this remake; maybe it is because it is Sarah Michelle Gellar who always reminded me of Lexi Belle or maybe it is because it is not that bad overall. It is still not as great as the original and it is not an awesome of remake like The Ring. But it served its purpose and that was to tell a tale and to scare.