The Grudge: Film Review

Olivia Frank, Reporter

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      The R rated movie called The Grudge came to theaters on January 3. The Grudge is a horror/ drama about a detective that investigates a murder scene that has a large connection to a case that her partner handled in the past. The killings occurred in a haunted house that passes on a curse to anyone and everyone who enters. When someone walks into the house they don’t leave the same. It all begins when a mother comes home from a business trip to Japan after walking into a house with a similar curse. The woman kills her daughter and husband before herself. Soon the curse spreads to a terminally ill old woman and her husband, and another unsuspecting couple who just happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The curse supposedly is born when someone dies in the grip of extreme rage or sorrow. The curse stays within the place where the person died. Those who encounter the supernatural force die and the curse is reborn repeatedly from victim to victim in an endless chain of horror.

      Most film critics didn’t like the movie and gave it 4.1/10 and others gave it ⅖ stars. One critic even says, “An ugly,  gruesome, and confused meh of a film”. Even though there was a lot of negative reviews surrounding the film not everyone thought it was bad. Many people just don’t like remakes as much as they tend to like the original film. The Grudge 2020 is not considered a remake though, instead, it is being considered a loose sequel and connects to the movies prior. The film being considered a sequel makes sense after taking a second to realize that the originals take place in Japan. Even though they follow a close storyline, some can kind of see that the beginning couple scenes are made to connect the previous movies to the current film.

      I thought the movie was very captivating and at times had me forgetting that I wasn’t there with the characters. It was a very gruesome film that at times made me cover my eyes. The film quality was very good as well. The storyline was very well played out. The only thing I can say I didn’t like about the movie was how many time jumps there were.  Which was quite confusing at times but then again it would be significantly more confusing than with the jumps. It didn’t deserve a 10/10 or anything but I didn’t think it was any bit as bad as the reviews say. All in all, I have to say that just because the critics didn’t like the film doesn’t mean everyone won’t enjoy it. For me, it checked a majority of the boxes for a good horror movie so I could honestly say it deserves at least 7/10.