I’m a chronic horror hound, so honestly I’m absolutely thriving on all this Halloween content haunting up my social feeds this week. From Doctor Sleep to new Netflix flicks that promise to emotionally scar me to my core – I’m living for it all. Including the new trailer for The Grudge reboot.
I’ll jump to the chase – it doesn’t disappoint. That being said, I still have a plethora of nerdy thoughts regarding yet another reinvisioning of this Japanese horror masterpiece – so trust that I’ll be using the entire word limit for this one, all the same.
There’s that famous death rattle *shudders again*.
The new trailer for the 2020 horror flick dropped via IGN earlier today (Monday 29th October). The highly anticipated reboot – coming to UK cinemas 31st January 2020 – is directed by Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes of My Mother) and produced by horror legend Sam Raimi (Evil Dead series, Crawl, 2004’s The Grudge). It stars British actress Andrea Riseborough (Battle of the Sexes, Birdman) as a detective investigating a series of strange deaths all revolving around one house. The film also stars the likes of John Cho, Betty Gilpin, Lin Shaye and Demian Bichir.
A quickie about Lin Shaye – her casting in this film is a very good sign of a hit, horror hons. She’s essentially a good luck charm to any horror studios these days. She has starred in the likes of the Insidious series, The Midnight Man and Ouija and slayed each and every role (imagine a psychic Jane Fonda with a bad mouth – she’s awesome). She is the definition of a scream queen.
Director Nicolas Pesce recently told Entertainment Weekly:
“We follow her [Andrea Riseborough’s character Detective Muldoon], as well as two other storylines, that are all interacting with this grudged house in small town America.
“Like the old films, it’s a tapestry of three different stories that interweave and all take place at slightly different times, centred around this one house that’s at the centre of this case that this cop is working on.”
For those that don’t know, this film is a reboot of a reboot; this new film is a reboot of the 2004 American horror, The Grudge and that was, in fact, a remake of a 2002 Japanese horror film called Ju-On: The Grudge. Both of those films spawned various remakes and spin-offs, but most aren’t worth talking about, in my opinion. The Ju-On series is actually on its ninth instalment now – it was a “versus” movie where filmmakers basically pit The Grudge up against The Ring, Freddy vs. Jason style.
That was quite something, actually.
The Japanese and American originals are both pretty good, though and definitely worth a a watch before January. And what better week than Halloween week to do that?
So, my first introduction to The Grudge came in 2004. I went to see the American reboot when I was 15 and honestly, it sh*t me up for weeks. It starred Sarah Michelle Gellar – who everyone knew as Buffy back then – and she was basically my hero, so seeing her getting slowly destroyed by some demented spirt over the course of 90 minutes was fairly soul-destroying for me at the time.
This reboot might just destroy me altogether. And that’s what I’m here for.
Images via Colombia Pictures and Sony Pictures
Having worked in children's media and publishing for almost a decade, Ben is thoroughly excited to now be able to swear in stories and features. He is such a big fan of Disney and Horror films that he started an LGBTQ+ podcast called 'Once Upon A Scream'. His mum listens.