In Chicago, Trish moves to the apartment of her boyfriend Bill, who lives with his children, the teenager Lacey and boy Jake. Can't wait until the final installment! Because it is constantly switching back and forth between three different subplots, it is difficult to get attached to any of the characters. I hope you can deal with the fact that she's given nothing more to do than walk around looking like she's suffering from a pinched nerve. I think one of the best things about the concept where it's not just the house thats haunted its whoever goes into the house. Comparisons to The Ring are inevitable, so I'll just say that I personally feel The Grudge is the creepier of the two. Although the most interesting subtexts would probably arise with a more intimate knowledge of Japanese culture, it's interesting to ponder why so many Japanese horror films feature scary children and adults who look like scary children.
Night Shyamalan's films, but slower-paced, understated horror films are a recent trend. Come on, how about some closure? Second is a plot thread featuring Allison Arielle Kebbel , an American girl in high school in Japan who is goaded by two classmates to enter the spooky house from the first film and finds that it lives up to its haunted house reputation. And finally, the curse Kayako and Toshio is still as scary and creepy as ever. The plot is very simple, part of the appeal of the series is how effective such a simple story can be. The Grudge 2 meet Johnny's Worst of 2006 list.
But my excitement dwindled right from the opening scene, as The Grudge 2 quickly became a predictable and mundane sequel. The Japanese ghosts creeped me out even more than the time I caught some pervert staring at me in the men's bathroom stall back in my college days. Welp, enjoy her two minutes of screen time and one line of dialogue. I gave this film 10 stars because it did what a horror film should. The skipping about in the timeline is done very well as well. Oh, yeah, I even half-covered my eyes a few times! I felt foolish but my nerves did not care! I'm sure we've all explored strange noises before, except rather than a horrific, disfigured ghost producing the noise, in real life the sound is usually coming from Uncle Larry's bathroom excursion.
On the next door, weird things happen with their neighbor. I'm sorry, but even if you have never watched the Asian originals, the creepy girl with the hair in her face and the hitch in her step fails to frighten after two Ring films, Dark Water, Pulse, and, of course, the previous Grudge film. A sound on which I'd recommend you not get me started. Well, in The Grudge 2 we learn that when a horror movie covers its budget during its opening weekend then its sequel will be rushed out, and more often than not it will be as bad as this and will leave a stain on any theater where the movie shows. Oh yeah, you get killed by a spirit created from a terrible even and guess what, you've now become a spirit haunted by pain as well.
Keep in mind, characters aren't necessarily supposed to know they're in a horror movie. They aren't haunting in the western sense of seeking revenge they are spirits created from a traumatic event and are fulfilling their job of continuing what they know best. I went to this movie expecting an artsy scary film. 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. This floater doesn't even feel like a movie. However, the circumstances in which these characters make their appearances have used up the suspense quotient of this franchise.
After reading some of the external reviews I am really surprised that critics didn't like this film. I was very excited about seeing this, as I love the original series, I didn't think the first remake was that bad, Takashi Shimizu directed it, and I have gradually become a fan of Amber Tamblyn. Can you believe the story if you can call it that is even worse than The Grudge's? There are a lot of comments floating about complaining about a lack of plot or reason behind characters actions. If you're gonna scream then scream. 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.
Jump scenes rule the day here. Are you an Amber Tamblyn fan? This film doesn't even show you the majority of the deaths it shows the fear of the characters. How well the film works for you will largely depend on how well you can adapt yourself to, or are used to, this different approach to film-making although admittedly, some of the seeming gaps are filled in by previous entries in the Ju-On series. Unfortunately, it was nowhere near as good as I had hoped. They aren't ghost of the killed family.
Unfortunately, when most moviegoers get scared they like to scream and then laugh and talk about it for 2 minutes afterwards. I had seriously hoped that Takashi Shimizu would bring some of his style to the film. Let me try and help out a bit. On the next door, weird things happen with their neighbor. Watch the movie and pay attention.