Youre going to hear a lot of horror fans
complaining about The Grudge, a
new horror film starring Buffy the
Vampire Slayers Sarah Michelle
Gellar. This remake of the Japanese
original Ju-on: The Grudge is
liable to make rabid fans of Japanese
horror pull their hair out in frustration.
However, newcomers to this story have a
good chance of being severely creeped
by this tale of angry ghosts cursing all
who enter their tainted home. Producer
Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, the
Evil Dead series) made the wise
decision to hire director Takashi Shimizu,
who directed the Japanese Ju-on
in its theatrical version, as well as its
Japanese sequel and video incarnations.
Shimizu has had many takes at this story,
and the Americanization of Ju-on
retains many of the same scares that
made the original so chilling. There are
moments in this movie that qualify as
some of the scariest in years.