If you have a Netflix subscription, you can now watch the horror reboot “The Grudge” from 2020 there. However, the film is only scary because of its deadly boredom – so it’s better to go for the original!
It’s no secret that Hollywood likes to try to prepare foreign-language material for its cinema market. With the ghost shocker “Ju-On: The Grudge”, which was released in 2002, the arc was clearly overstepped in my opinion. Because after a remake with Sarah Michelle Gellar, which was even followed by two sequels, “The Grudge” was followed by a reboot, which is now available on Netflix.
But the omens weren’t all that bad I was even cautiously optimistic when it came to the horror film. With Nicolas Pesce, they were able to secure the services of an ambitious director who, with “The Eyes Of My Mother” and “Piercing”, was able to prove twice in different ways that he mastered the genre. The Grudge, however, is a true crash landing.
Cursed boredom: Better watch the original
The content of the new “The Grudge” was able to arouse interest in me because it was already apparent in the first trailer that Nicolas Pesce staged his film in the style of a dark crime thriller and thus integrated another dimension of tension into the action alongside the supernatural horror. But the bill doesn’t add up.
“The Grudge” is the prime example that some franchises have just been brought back to life one too many times. At first, Pesce’s production was able to convince me that he dared to slow down. Gradually, however, the would-be horror loses itself in a predictable bad habit that largely dominates today’s horror cinema: the jump scares.
The suspense mechanism is therefore not based on atmosphere, but on rumbling, which at no time plays into the hands of the creeping terror scenario. In addition, the story of “The Grudge” gets tangled up in several time levels, which are dramaturgically ineffective and confusingly assembled into one another and rob the action of any narrative flow.
So if you really feel like getting an ice-cold shiver down your spine again, you can grab the Japanese original from 2002. Director Takashi Shimizu, who also staged the American remake from 2004, which is rather forgettable, underlines with “Ju-On: The Grudge” that the horror is most effective when it starts in the viewer’s head.
That’s what “The Grudge” is about
After the social worker Fiona (Tara Westwood) quit her job in Tokyo due to strange events, she returns to her family in the United States. What the young woman doesn’t know is that she brought a curse from Japan back home with her. The spirits possess her and drive her to kill her family.
After another death occurs two years later, which is also connected to the cursed house, the policewoman Muldoon (Andrea Riseborough) tries to get to the bottom of the horror. As soon as you enter the property, the law enforcement officer realizes that dark forces are at work here…