Colin Le Sueur

Colin Le Sueur

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Colin Le Sueur

The Grudge (2003)

IMDB page for The Grudge The Grudge
Japan/USA/Germany 2003
Director: Takashi Shimizu
With Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jason Behr, Bill Pullman
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With the success of The Ring in 2002, Hollywood went looking for the next creepy Japanese horror film to remake, settling on Takashi Shimizu’s Ju-on: The Grudge (2003). The original was frightening, atmospheric, and disturbing but suffered from an almost incomprehensible ending. For the remake, producer Sam Raimi did something almost unheard of: he hired the original director, Takashi Shimizu. The American version of the film is literally a re-shoot of the original, with certain tweaks and alterations. Imagine the original as a trial run, a chance to work out the bugs. Shimizu’s Grudge (2004) is a creepier, more intense film than the original, which in itself was incredibly frightening.

Rather than relying on excessive CGI and gore, Shimizu builds the tension and atmosphere through camera movement and composition. The soundtrack helps greatly in building suspense, as well. There are several sequences taken directly from the original film, with similar setups and framing. However, even if you’ve seen the original and know where all the scares come from, you will be scared by The Grudge. This is easily the most frightening film of the last five years.

The film isn’t perfect, however. In translating it for a non-Japanese audience, the American lead characters seem forced and out of place. Granted, without changing the characters and storyline, the remake does seem rather pointless. Unfortunately the film does degrade into standard Hollywood formula at some points, but these are few and forgivable.

See The Grudge, but don’t hold it against me when you can’t sleep for a week.

Colin Le Sueur
Tuesday, June 6th, 2006
10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. sweetnes |

    the movie was wanderful i liket so match i sow both parts it was soooooooooooooo scary and ilikiet

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  2. KingofHadi |

    I love this pic. It reminds me of the darkness in everyones hearts…..hehehe lol jk XP

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  3. megan |

    i love the grudge her hair is sooo coool and the black eye liner looks sweet with how pale and white her skin is*!*!*!

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