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The Grudge 2 (2006)

The Grudge 2 (2006)

Country:  USA

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.

MV5BMjE3NDIxMDc2MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTg2MTkzMQ@@__V1_UX182_CR0,0,182,268_AL_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.

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5/10 Beers!

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The Grudge (2004)

The Grudge (2004)

Country: USA

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.

MV5BMjIxODg1Nzc3NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMjM0MjEzMw@@._V1_SX214_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.

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6/10 Beers!

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Ju-on (The Grudge) (2002)

Ju-on (The Grudge) (2002)

Country: Japan

Director:  Takashi Shimizu

Main Stars: Megumi Okina, Misaki Ito, Misa Uehara

Storyline:  A house is haunted by a terrifying spirit that follows all that enters it.

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Review (Spoils): A volunteer social assistant named Rika (Megumi Okina ) visitsa house to help an elderly woman and is cursed for entering the house. The house continues to curse anyone that enters it. A vengeful spirit that resembles a pale woman with long dark hair and clicking noises haunts all that have entered, a small boy runs through the halls and terror sits in every corner of the mind.  This version is way better than the remake done later on in America, it holds the scary grip right to the very end and the characters are interesting. The sounds alone in this film are what make it a gem to watch.

Rating: This movie was entertaining and it holds the creepy mood through the whole film. The character (the scary crawling woman) is unique and the sound effects were well done.

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7/10 Beers!

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