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.
Karen Davis, an American Nurse, moves to Tokyo and encounters a supernatural spirit who is vengeful and often possesses its victims. A series of horrifying and mysterious deaths start to occur, with the spirit passing its curse onto each victim. Karen must now find a way to break this spell, before she becomes its next victim.Written by
Bill Pullman appeared in Scary Movie 4 (2006), a parody of this film. He played the exact same character that Peter Kirk is in this film. See more »
(at around 59 mins) When Karen is looking up information about Toshio on the internet, the search engine option "images" on The Daily News Japan website is spelled "imaegs". Also, "option" is supposed to be capitalized like "View", "Tool", and "Help" are. "Tool" is also meant to be "Tools". See more »
Good morning. Peter? Are you OK? You're up early today.
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The rated PG-13 version is run 91 minutes, and unrated is run 98 minutes. See more »
I assure you (most of you, anyway) that you can do much better things with your time than see this movie
'The Grudge' is scary, yes, so on that level it will be enjoyed by dating teens in drive-ins and a few chirpy preteen girls in the theater, but scary is all the movie is. It isn't smart, it isn't well-written, well-directed or well-acted, it isn't intriguing or even interesting, it isn't fun, it isn't well-paced, it isn't even surprising. It's just scary and bad.
The main character of the movie is the haunted house, which looms by itself in a leafy branch of a city street in Tokyo. I say the house is the main character because it's the only consistent thing within the droning two hours of the movie. What happens is: characters enter the house, hear a strange noise from the attic, go up to see what it is, see a cat, and then die. Occasionally a character lives only to die later, or leave the house and go home, to be killed by the ghosts of the house.
There, I've just described the movie for you. You may be saying 'no, there HAS to be more than that!!!!!111' but there isn't. The reason for the deaths has something to do with a curse caused by someone dieing within 'the grip of rage' in that same house.
When I say 'something to do with' you probably think that there's probably more to it than that what I say is, there probably is, but I wouldn't know. I'd call the movie confusing but that's too much, it just plain and simple makes no sense whatsoever. By the end my friends and I were so disappointed and duped, we had about a hundred questions we were asking, but then we realized that the filmmakers themselves probably didn't consider them. So we stopped caring.
The plot, or story, or formula, or whatever it qualifies as is merely an excuse to have different characters wander slowly through the same hall of the house and then pop something out at us, usually a hand or a cat, to give us a jump. Usually these jumps work, sometimes the movie goes so far as to be creepy, but that is it. Who cares if a movie is scary if it is not interesting in any way?
I said the acting is bad, but that's not fair. The characters are so utterly flat and devoid of energy, the only human characteristic they have is curiosity, and they have a stinking lot of it. There are so many points in this movie where the characters walk slowly up or down the stairs, or through a vent shaft, or whatever, when any, ANY real person would've got their ass out of there.
The movie is what no horror movie should be: boring. Don't see it. Please, don't see it.
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