Three interwoven stories about a terrible curse. A young woman encounters a malevolent supernatural force while searching for her missing sister in Tokyo; a mean high school prank goes horribly wrong; a woman with a deadly secret moves into a Chicago apartment building.
In Pasadena, Mrs. Davis sends her daughter Aubrey Davis to Tokyo to bring her sister Karen Davis, who is interned in a hospital after surviving a fire, back to the USA. After their meeting, Karen dies and Aubrey decides to investigate what happened to her and gets herself trapped in the same situation, being chased by the ghost of the house. Meanwhile in Tokyo, the three high school mates Allison, Vanessa and Miyuki visit the famous haunted house and are also chased by the ghost. In Chicago, Trish moves to the apartment of her boyfriend Bill, who lives with his children, the teenager Lacey and boy Jake. On the next door, weird things happen with their neighbor. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
A criminally underrated horror film. Takashi Shimizu creates the closest thing to his original Japanese Ju-on films in this sequel to the US version. It's not as good as any of the actual Ju-on films, of course (what could be? Those are classics), but it's clearly the best of the US versions.
You need to stick with it, though. When it starts, it seems way too Americanized. But it starts to get rolling, and the last half -- and particularly the last half hour -- Shimizu starts to create the same sense of gooey dread that fills his Japanese versions.
This film, in Ju-on style, consists of three seemingly separate story lines. The first, and weakest, concerns Aubrey (Amber Tamblyn), who plays the sister of Karen (Sarah Michelle Gellar), the heroine of "The Grudge" joining forces with a Japanese reporter to investigate what happened to Karen.
The second story line starts slow, but builds very strongly to some incredibly creepy sequences. It involves three high school girls in the International School in Tokyo. As part of a prank, they visit "the house" and, as you might think, that doesn't turn out to be a good idea.
The third, and best, story line takes place in Chicago, and involves a father and his two kids. His girlfriend is moving in with them in the apartment building that they live in. This one is creepy from beginning to end.
As I said, stick with this one. The film starts off strong, then tapers off and you will be tempted to write it off as another weakened Hollywood knockoff. But it comes back with a bang, and by the end it really kicks ass and is a good addition to the "Grudge" family and will creep you out.
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