|Directed by:||Takashi Shimizu|
|Written by:||Stephen Susco|
|Cast:||Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jason Behr, KaDee Strickland, Clea DuVall, Courtney Webb|
Revisited this one last night only to realize that I don’t like it nearly as much as I used to. It kind of sucks when that happens, but it does happen. It feels like an absolutely pointless remake, even bringing in the same exact director and doesn’t change much of anything at all. Obviously trying just trying to cash in on that PG-13, creepy long-haired Asian girl movement like the much more impressive outing known as The Ring.
I guess the first time I saw it I was too paralyzed in fear to pay attention to just how flawed the actual movie was. Because I’m not going to lie, there are things in this movie that leave my jammies filled with pee pee. That attic, the little cat-voiced boy, the ghost chick, her contortionist body movements and that long, steady croaking sound that she makes. Yikes! But think it’s the surveillance video that freaks me out the most though. I just can’t handle creepy surveillance videos.
But The Grudge has the same mentality as a Haunted House attraction you might find at your local county fair. It has all the workings of a haunted house and all the ingredients to scare the bejesus out of people, but that’s where it stops. They don’t care about putting a developed or even somewhat interesting storyline behind it, it’s just there for the scares. This movie just doesn’t bring a strong enough storyline to match its frights, and can ultimately feel like a waste of time.
BOTTOM LINE: It’s alright. I don’t hate it like so may seem to and can see their gripes about it, because it just isn’t a necessary remake, much less a good movie. It preys on the natural instincts of fright and does scare the shit out of me, but everything outside of the scary scenes is a dull and uninteresting. But nonetheless, I still like the movie for some reason.