The Grudge is an upcoming American supernatural horror film written and directed by Nicolas Pesce, from a story by Jeff Buhler and Pesce, and produced by Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert, and Takashige Ichise. The film takes place in the same concurrent timeline as the 2004 film of the same name, and is the fourth installment of The Grudge film series, which is based on the Japanese Ju-On films, while also serving as the re-imagining of the American film series. It stars Andrea Riseborough, Demián Bichir, John Cho, Betty Gilpin, Lin Shaye, and Jacki Weaver. It follows the story of a young mother who murders her family in her own house. After that a single mother and detective tries to investigate and solve the case. Later, she discovers the house is cursed by a vengeful ghost that dooms those who enter it with a violent death.
Now I’ve never been a big horror fan. In fact, I’d say I’ve always been an advocate against horror! I never understood why anyone would pay money to be scared when they could pay money to laugh instead. But, my wife loves horror, and I love my wife, so I’m trying to get into it. Now, it’s not all bad. I found myself really enjoying the Scream franchise, as well as Final Destination. Mama scared the shit out of me, and It Follows still freaks me out when I even think about it… I’ve heard of The Grudge. It’s hard not to since it’s so iconic, but I would never think to actually watch that shit… until now.
So I had no idea Sam Raimi was something of an awesome horror director. My only familiarity with him is the Spiderman trilogy, but just seeing his name attached to this gives me optimism. I’m also a fan of John Cho’s comedy work, its always great to see a comedian go into drama, or in this case horror. As for the trailer itself, I thought it was fantastic! I literally got goosebumps. It had an excellent amp up throughout the whole thing, showing a bit more and creeping you out a bit more without ever actually showing you much. Now, the scares it did have were jump scares, which I have come to have absolutely no respect for. Its cheap. It’s just a startle. I hope this movie achieves more than that and I think it will. Just the noise of the grudge is enough to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up!