The Grudge (2004)
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as Karen Davis
as Matthew Williams
as Jennifer Williams
as Kayako Saeki
as Susan Williams
as Emma Williams
as Peter Kirk
as Maria Kirk
as Detective Nakagawa
as Peter's Co-Worker
as Restaurant Manager
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Critic Reviews for The Grudge
It's mechanical moviemaking, but when it works you're likely to quiver, cower and leap with fright.
Generally speaking, I like a little more plot with my 'Boo!' moments.
It's no more impressive than hiding in the dark and shouting 'Boo!' when someone walks into a room.
It's just not the kind of frightening that stays with you very long, unless of course someone decides to make the same movie . . . yet again.
Almost every single one of the American characters has maybe a third of the personality of the ghosts that haunt them, so you begin to think the grudge itself is less a curse than a perfectly reasonable eviction strategy.
Audience Reviews for The Grudge
A haunted house exists. You go in it, you die. That's the premise of The Grudge. Now watch all the characters who went inside get killed in between long passages of pointless dialogue and nothing happening. If the image of a long haired girl in a nightgown creeps you out, this may work on you. I was just bored.
"The Grudge" is a creep-fest that doesn't make a whole lot of sense. It's not that the movie is complex, the opposite is true. It just takes a pedestrian ghost story involving vengeance and anger and surrounds it with jolts and more jolts. Takashi Shimizu doesn't seem concerned with originality or substance as long as he can make creepy ghosts jarringly jump out at characters. While this is scary at times after a while you just stop caring. Sarah Michelle Gellar does the best she can with a thin role that requires her to just skulk around, look scared and ask questions. And when the answers come they prove to be unsurprisingly and unoriginal. "The Grudge" is forgettable and mindless.
A terrifying concept executed poorly. Only brings a few scares, but due to the lack of story nothing leaves a lasting impact. The flashbacks are annoying as fuck. It's a tough film to get involved with and the ending blows.
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