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The Grudge (2004)

Sarah Michelle Gellar , Jason Behr , Takashi Shimizu  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (509 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jason Behr, Clea DuVall, William Mapother, KaDee Strickland
  • Directors: Takashi Shimizu
  • Writers: Takashi Shimizu, Stephen Susco
  • Producers: Aubrey Henderson, Carsten H.W. Lorenz, Doug Davison, Joseph Drake, Michael Kirk
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 1, 2005
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (509 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006SGYL0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,065 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Grudge" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "A Powerful Rage: Behind the Grudge" - a five part making-of documentary
  • Cast and crew commentary including Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi, Sarah Michelle Gellar and more
  • Under the Skin Featurette - explores the medical explanation of the fear response in film
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Editorial Reviews

Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jason Behr. A chilling tale of terror follows an American nurse working in Tokyo, who after a series of mysterious deaths, uncovers a horrific curse that is being methodically spread by a supernatural spirit that first possesses its victims, then claims their souls and their lives, and then lastly, chooses a new victim. 2004/color/91 min/PG-13.

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154 of 186 people found the following review helpful
Despite the $39 million that "The Grudge" earned in its opening weekend to make it the #1 film in the nation, I had low expectations when I popped this DVD in to watch. This was because my youngest daughter had rushed out to see the film (because it had Sarah Michelle Gellar a.k.a. "Buffy the Vampire" in it) and she was bitterly disappointed. While I would not trust her opinion as to what is a great movie (she loves "Gone With the Wind" but does not get "The Godfather"), I thought she would know what was a bad horror movie. Consequently, I think my expectations for "The Grudge" were so low that there was nowhere to go but up once I actually watched it.

I knew this 2004 horror film was a remake of the Japanese movie "Ju-on," in the tradition of "Ringu"/"The Ring," but I did not know that it was filmed in Japan by the same director, Takashi Shimizu (I tend to avoid finding out a lot about films until I actually see them so that I be pure of mind when I first watch them). This makes a big difference because the idea behind this production is behind both the strengths and the weaknesses of "The Grudge" as a film. However, since I lived in Japan for a couple of years, have enjoyed Japanese films in general and "Spirited Away" in particular, and have an ability to understand non-linear narrative forms, I have to admit that I have a peculiar position from which to view the film (so take what follows with a grain of salt).

As the opening of the film explains, "When someone dies in the grip of a powerful rage a curse is born. The curse gathers in that place of death. Those who encounter it will be consumed by its fury.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars completely satisfying October 15, 2006
WOW. That's the only thing I can say after reading all sorts of negative reviews. I admit, the very first time I watched the Grudge with my father NEITHER of us thought the movie was scary at all and couldn't understand its success, but after watching the movie a second time two months later by myself late at night I REALLY began to see how frightening the movie is. Probably contains the same amount of fear as the original Exorcist, another movie that's really effectively well done. You HAVE to watch the Exorcist and the Grudge at night to get the proper effect.

The Grudge benefits greatly when it comes to maintaining a moody atmosphere and a pretty interesting story. I say "pretty interesting" because the storyline isn't the best, or the easiest to understand. Just interesting enough to get the job done. The Grudge also benefits when it comes to not giving away too much or too little. In fact, this is probably its strongest point.

Every time something scary happens, you see just a "little bit" of that scary monster boy or some kind of strange shadow effect, which is *very* important if you want to effectively scare someone. If the scary boy had appeared on screen for longer than a few seconds it wouldn't have scared me nearly as much because I would have gotten used to seeing it. The boy appears, and then he's gone. Not giving away too much REALLY works with this movie. You see, to really scare me you simply CAN'T put a scary monster on screen for long periods of time and you HAVE to create a moody atmosphere to make the film believable. The Grudge works *extremely* well it this area.

The fact that something scary happens almost always unexpectedly in the Grudge allows me to give the film another compliment.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Japanese Ghosts Hold a Grudge May 4, 2005
Japan has a long, ghostly tradition with beings from beyond the grave. Nemerous stories and legends in Japan of these otherworldly visitors abound. Ghosts often play key roles in Kabuki theater and were a favorite though perhaps somewhat overly-used character by Kabuki playwrights. Many of the ghosts that appear in plays and stories are females seeking revenge for wrongs done to them during their lifetime typically by cruel, heartless husbands.

In the old ghost stories, vengeful Japanese ghosts would continue haunt their victims until they went insane, died, or at least made some form of restitution to appease the angry spirits. Some Japanese ghosts were born out of tragedy or sorrow and would haunt any person who came near. These spirits were particularly feared because they represented a danger to all unless they were somehow put to rest.

Although I knew about the horrific nature of old Japanese ghosts, I had thought modern Japanese ghosts would be more polite and demur. I had imagined a modern Japanese ghost timidly coming up to someone and saying "Suimasen (Excuse me)! BOO! Gomen naisai (I'm sorry)!" before whisking away. "The Grudge" (2004) showed me how wrong I was about modern Japanese phantoms.

"The Grudge," starring Sarah Michelle Gellar of TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" fame, depicts a haunting by very impolite spirits. Gellar plays an American student nurse in Tokyo who accidentally gets involved with a haunted house that has the nasty habit of killing visitors. The ghosts of the house were victims of a tragedy and now they rudely kill anyone who comes in contact with them.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible..
This movie did nothing for had a few creepy moments but the storyline was horrible, no plot, & no resolution at the end. Read more
Published 29 days ago by punker911
5.0 out of 5 stars I was not disappointed when I bought this!
I love this movie! It is dark and creepy and coincides with Japanese culture since ghosts are a big part of Japanese lore. You will not be disappointed if you buy this! Read more
Published 1 month ago by RangerFan12
3.0 out of 5 stars Overrated but not bad
I finally got around to watching this in 2013. I had wanted to for quite some time since I keep hearing that "If you liked The Ring then you will love this". Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jonathan M. G. Wright
3.0 out of 5 stars "When someone dies in the grip of a powerful rage a curse is born. The...
I found this horror film watchable, but still it disappointed me a little as it is nowhere near the level of "The Ring". Read more
Published 2 months ago by Maciej
5.0 out of 5 stars Grudge 2
We have Grudge 1 & it scared my husband. We wanted to get the other Grudges so we can see how they compare. I'm giving them to my husband for Christmas..
Published 3 months ago by Ricki
4.0 out of 5 stars Good and scary
If you want to be scared and jump out of your chair, this is it. It gave me goose bumps.
Published 5 months ago by R. Bielby
2.0 out of 5 stars not much here...
the movie has good sound, not terrible acting for the genre, decent special effects..... but it's boring. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jason Tyra
4.0 out of 5 stars Just as nice to see it twice
Grudge 2 is one of those rare movies wherein the plot continues and answers questions the first movie did not. Read more
Published 6 months ago by T.L. Arens
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this movie
I enjoyed this remake a bit better than the Japanese version. I think it was a very good translation of that version! Good, creepy fun and an original storyline. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Todd Burke
2.0 out of 5 stars the Grudge
Not a movie i would buy or watch again. I just didn't like it and i don't think it is a great movie to watch.
Published 10 months ago by Sheila L. Perreault
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What's the difference between Ju-on and The Grudge???
The thing with Ju-On is that it is actually the third part of a series. The first two parts were released on video only (what they call V-Cinema) in Japan. The third part was a theatrical feature, but it continues the story rather than retelling it.

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