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The Grudge 2 (2006)

PG-13 | | Horror, Thriller | 13 October 2006 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Takashi Shimizu

Writers:

Stephen Susco, Takashi Shimizu (film "Ju-On: The Grudge")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Karen
Amber Tamblyn ... Aubrey
Arielle Kebbel ... Allison
Takako Fuji ... Kayako
Edison Chen ... Eason
Sarah Roemer ... Lacey
Matthew Knight ... Jake
Misako Uno ... Miyuki
Teresa Palmer ... Vanessa
Ohga Tanaka ... Toshio (as Oga Tanaka)
Yuya Ozeki Yuya Ozeki ... Toshio (archive footage)
Jennifer Beals ... Trish
Christopher Cousins ... Bill
Zen Kajihara Zen Kajihara ... Folklore Guy
Takashi Matsuyama Takashi Matsuyama ... Takeo
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

What Was Once Trapped, Will Now Be Unleashed See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, disturbing images/terror/violence, and some sensuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

13 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La maldición 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,825,300, 15 October 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$39,143,839

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$70,711,175
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Unrated Director's Cut) | (Unrated Director's Cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS | SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In order to keep the mood on the set light, the actors and director would often joke around and attempt to frighten one another. This included a Karaoke session performed by director Takashi Shimizu on Arielle Kebbel's birthday. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1 min) Trish, under the influence of The Grudge, hits Bill, her husband in the head several times with a frying pan. In close scenes, the frying pan is a heavier cast iron model. However, when the pan is showing in closeups it's a much lighter non-stick model. While this would be very painful, the pan being as light as a nonstick unit, would have not been fatal as the film portrays it as being. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bill: [while Trish is frying bacon] You're gonna burn them... You gonna go shopping for three hours again today? Leave your cellphone off? You think I don't know what you're doing? You think I'm stupid, eh? Yet you can't make me a simple... damn breakfast.
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Crazy Credits

The Columbia Pictures title lady changed into Kayako Saeki with the torch light she was holding flickered on and off, also while flickering instead of saying Columbia it said Grudge 2. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the US their is a PG-13 rated version of the film which was shown in theaters, and Takashi Shimizu's unrated director's cut of the film which was released on DVD along with the PG-13 rated one. See more »

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References Shutter (2004) See more »

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Mundane
15 October 2006 | by ericwithcheese75See all my reviews

Being a huge fan of the original Ju-On movies, as well as the original American remake, I was looking forward to this one. But my excitement dwindled right from the opening scene, as The Grudge 2 quickly became a predictable and mundane sequel. A typical American-ized sequel that sadly didn't follow the unique plot of Ju-On 2.

After Sarah Michelle Gellar's cameo, the movie focuses on her sister, but gives her nothing to do. What seems like a totally separate storyline inside an apartment building is more distracting than involving. The scares become very routine and there are so many characters here, that the viewer cannot become attached to any of them.

The movie does, however, kick it up in the final twenty minutes or so. And the ending is a lot darker and much more mean spirited than the original, and for that, it has to earn some points for not taking the safe way out.

The Grudge 2 is not a complete loss, but it could have been so much better.


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