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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 (515 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: Multiple Formats, 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 (515 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006SGYL0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,316 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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From filmmaker Sam Raimi (Spider-Man(r), Army of Darkness) and acclaimed Japanese director Takashi Shimizu comes a terrifying tale of horror in the tradition of The Ring and 28 Days Later. Sarah Michelle Gellar (TV's Buffy The Vampire Slayer ) stars as an American nurse who has come to work in Tokyo. Following a series of horrifying and mysterious deaths, she encounters the vengeful supernatural spirit that possesses its victims, claims their souls, then passes its curse to another person in a spreading chain of horror. Now, she must find a way to break this supernatural spell or become the next victim of an ancient evil that never dies, but forever lives to kill.

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157 of 189 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars completely satisfying October 15, 2006
Format:DVD
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better February 20, 2007
Format:DVD
This movie had its creepy moments but it wasn't as good as the first. One of the biggest problems I found was that the female spirit didn't make that horrible croaking noise very much. One of the most frightening things about her was the noise she made, so even though many of her appearances were still creepy (except the mirror scene) to me she didn't seem as scary.

The Grudge jumped around in the timeline which was frustrating at first but when I got used to it I found it interesting and actually enjoyed the disorientation. I expected the same jumps in time in the Grudge 2 and sadly found a pretty linear timeline.

Finally, the thing that simply annoyed me was the fact that nearly everything and everyone in the movie was American. The three schoolgirls consisted of two Americans and one Japanese native who for some reason seemed to be attending a basic kanji class. Even the school counselor was American. The main character goes to a little run down village and meets an old Japanese mystic who speaks perfect English. I almost forgot that much of the story was taking place in Japan.

I wanted to like this movie as much as the Grudge but like many sequels it seemed haphazard.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "beGrudgingly" Recommended! December 26, 2004
Format:DVD
After seeing the horrible "reworking" done on Nakata Hideo's scare-fest "RING" by director Gore Verbinski and DreamWorks-- and seeing how director Walter Salles intends to 'one-up' Verbinski with his complete mangling of another Nakata masterpiece, "HONOGURAI MIZU NO SOKO KARA" (currently in production as "DARK WATER" with Disney/Touchstone as joint culprit) --I had some hesitation about wanting to see the Hollywood remake of "JUON." But four specific things fueled my interest in this Occidental revision entitled "The Grudge":

(1) It would keep the story set in Japan, using many of the same sets and actors of the original series;

(2) Sam Raimi ("The Evil Dead") not only put up the money to have this movie remade, but he was so appreciative of the original Japanese theatrical production (and so confident of the success of the remake) that he was instrumental in getting "JUON" a wide US distribution even before the remake was completed and released to theatres;

(3) Raimi insisted that Shimizu Takashi, the director of the original productions, be retained as the director of the US remake as well;

(4) The pre-release trailers of the film made it unambiguously obvious that, unlike the distorted crud given to us by the teams of DreamWorks/Verbinski & Disney/Salles, "The Grudge" was going to be a true "remake" that remained VERY faithful to the original material.

Of course, none of that could guarantee that I'd be 100% satisfied with the result because, sadly, I wasn't. But that doesn't mean it was a bad movie or a failed experiment -- there is still much to like about this movie even for hardened "Juon Junkies" like myself.
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Published 12 days ago by linda j
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 14 days ago by jeffery draper
5.0 out of 5 stars i like scary movies (even the not so scary ones)
what can i say, i like scary movies (even the not so scary ones)
Published 1 month ago by Hilary Hatch
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Scare!
One of the very few horror sequels that surpasses it's original. Scream 2 was the other. The ending especially was an unexpected surprise. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patrick
5.0 out of 5 stars A now classic Japanese horror film available in stunning blu-ray...
If you haven't seen 2003's The Grudge, you're missing out. I originally bought this years ago on DVD but I have since lost that copy and just recently purchased the blu-ray version... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nigel Silva
5.0 out of 5 stars I think this movie was even better than the first though I had to...
I think this movie was even better than the first though I had to watch it with all my lights on. I didn't like the charater Sarah Gillar played being killed I think they could... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stella C. Balobina
3.0 out of 5 stars Its an okay Movie but will never become a Classic Movie...
I really rate this film as average... I enjoy watching it but it will only be an average film. It gets *3* stars from me!
Published 3 months ago by Robert Pylant
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible..
This movie did nothing for me..it had a few creepy moments but the storyline was horrible, no plot, & no resolution at the end. Read more
Published 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months ago by Jonathan M. G. Wright
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