DVD Reviews | Mar 4th, 2005
Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jason Behr, Clea DuVall, Bill Pullman, KaDee Strickland
Written By: Steven Susco
Directed By: Takashi Shimizu
Studio: Columbia / TriStar
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Another remake of a japanese horror movie. I haven’t seen the original yet, but I’ve heard it’s pretty much the same exact movie, just with different actors.
The movie starts with a woman waking up in the morning, to find her husband, Peter (Bill Pullman), jumping off the ledge of their apartment building. What the hell? You might ask while you’re watching this…later on it IS explained so don’t you worry. We then go to a house in Japan, where a young nurse explores the house of her patient a little too closely…this is when the fun scares begin. In comes Karen (Sarah Michelle Geller), to take her place.
Now, *The Grudge* is a curse that is caused when someone dies in a powerful grip of rage, those who encounter *the grudge* also become cursed and die…making the curse never ending. Scare after scare happens while Karen is trying to find out what is going on, why all of these people are dying and how.
I enjoyed this movie, more so for the scares. The movie jumped too much without warning, from flashback to reality, which was pretty annoying…but, like I said, the scares made up for it. I definitely think this is worth at least a rental, make a decision for yourself if you like it or not because this is one of those mixed opinion movies.
The DVD has some pretty cool features like a making of documentary, a cast commentary, and – “Under the Skin” featurette – a medical explanation of fear in response to film. Really really interesting cool stuff worth checking out.
I thought it was scarier and more disturbing than the Ring, so if you enjoyed that one, check this one out as soon as you can :)
Cast & Crew Commentary Including Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi, Sarah Michelle Gellar and More!
60 Minute Multi-Part Making Of Documentary
Under The Skin Featurette: A Medical Explanation of the Fear Response in Film
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Favorite Scenes: apartment scene (you’ll have to see it to understand! it’s scary shit), the scare within the first 15minutes, ahh it’s awesome
Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 92 minutes