Horror Movie: The Grudge (PG-13; 2004; 92 min.)

I had seen this movie before, years ago, and still wasn’t terribly impressed by it (though it wasn’t nearly as bad as Bug). Luckily, at my age, I forget easily so it was like watching a new movie again!

Apparently in Japan, a belief is that “when someone dies in the grip of a powerful rage, a curse is born.” Set in Tokyo, Sarah Michelle Gellar is Karen Davis, an exchange student who is also a volunteer caregiver for a welfare center. When an American couple’s mother/mother-in-law’s caregiver fails to show up one day, Karen steps in. Apparently the electricity doesn’t work very well in this house, because every scene is so dark it’s hard to tell what’s happening. Little by little we discover creepy things like a cat, the bathtub, etc. have greater meaning.

As people connected to the house and this family start disappearing and dying, Karen works with an inspector to try to figure out the connections. The inspector warns her, “once you become a part of it [the curse], it will never let you go,” after she realizes both of them HAVE BEEN IN THAT HOUSE! Cue scary music.

This movie did have some great sound effects, including a very creepy guttural throat sound. Otherwise, it was a decent plot, just not very well played out.

  • Top Scare: Bus scene or Ending
  • Heartbeats: 3 out of 5
  • Gore factor: 1 out of 5
  • Suspense factor: 3.25 out of 5
  • Recommended for: ages 14 and up

Next up: The Exorcism of Emily Rose

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