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Grudge, The [DVD]

Sarah Michelle Gellar , Jason Behr , KaDee Strickland    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jason Behr, Clea DuVall, William R. Mapother
  • Directors: KaDee Strickland
  • Producers: Christopher Young, Doug Davison, Takashige Ichise, Roy Lee, Sam Raimi
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: UCA
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Feb 2005
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000795LD0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,005 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



It's not the scary hit that The Ring was in 2002, but The Grudge makes a similarly convincing case for American remakes of popular Japanese horror films. Barely a year passed between the release of Takashi Shimizu's creepy ghost story Ju-On: The Grudge and the production of this American remake, set in Tokyo and starring Sarah Michelle Gellar in her first post-Buffy horror film. About the only significant difference between the two films is the importing of a mostly-American cast (including Bill Pullman, Clea DuVall and Grace Zabriskie), but The Grudge was reconfigured (by screenwriter Stephen Susco) to allow Shimizu to refine and improve the spookiest highlights of his earlier version, which enjoyed previous incarnations as a short film and two made-for-Japanese-video features. Surprising box-office analysts with a $40 million opening weekend, The Grudge may disappoint hard-core horror fans because it lacks gore and graphic violence, but as a creepy tale about a very haunted house, it's guaranteed to send a few chills up your spine. --Jeff Shannon

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely scary film! 9 Jan 2005
I was a little sceptical of this film before seeing it as I thought that it was trying to ride on the back of the ring and similar films that have been hits in Japan and then remade for the western audience; however I'm pleased to say that this film did exactly what it said on the tin; scared me!
I must of seen a thousand 'scary' movies and it has to be said that only about 2 or 3 percent of them were actually scary. This is one of those rare releases. It will make you jump, and it will probably dissuade you from going downstairs in the dark for a late night cup of cocoa!
The cast play out the film well, but as with most horrors, there's little chance of any oscars being thrown their way. Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy, IKWYD Last Summer, Scooby Doo) plays Karen, an exchange student who volunteers at a care centre. She gets assigned to a patient whose normal carer has not turned up for work that day. Once she gets to the house of the patient she finds the patient collapsed on the floor, with the place looking a tip. Her life will never be the same again! Ted Raimi (whose been in everything from Evil Dead to Candyman to Wishmaster to the Spiderman movies) plays a rather geeky manager, he appears to be the manager of the care center where Karen works. He doesn't add much to this movie and it seems as though he was an afterthought in the writer or directors mind...he's not so convincing as the other characters which include Jason Behr (from the TV series 'Roswell') as Karen's boyfriend Doug, and William Mapother (Minority Report, Vanilla Sky, Swordfish, Mission Impossible II) as Matthew Williams.
The whole movie shifts about in time, we start at one point, then at the end of that scene, we switch to a few days earlier, then we switch to another time, then another time...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOULUTELY SCARY 11 Mar 2005
Format:VHS Tape
When i first saw this film, i was by myself with the lights off and the curtains and blinds closed! I watched it all the way through! I couldnt get up and stop it because it was the best horror movie i have seen yet. Although some of it gets confusing because there is the past and present.
Karen (Sarah Michelle Gellar- Buffy, Scooby-Doo), an american nurse living and working in Tokyo is exposed to a supernatural curse, a one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim!
I would give this film 5 stars because of the scary effectiveness and sound effects with the Grudge's voice. Some of you may agree with me that this is the best thriller since 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' and 'Scream Trilogy'. Thankyou for reading this. Make sure you like scary movies and dont get nightmares (definetly) or you will not be going to sleep for a while!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick Reviews! 28 Nov 2007
By carlosnightman VINE VOICE
Following the recent and continuing trend of Japanese horror movies getting the Hollywood treatment, Takashi Shimizu's The Grudge is easily the best of the lot. Once again the director remakes his own film, but the difference here is that the story now involves an American couple who live in Japan. With many more shocks, and the constant threatening aura, The Grudge is vastly superior to The Ring and The Ring 2(American), and is equally as good as the original Ju-On movie.

Sarah Michell Gellar once again appears on the big screen in a role different from the characters she has played in the past. She stars as a foreign social working student along with her boyfriend played by Jason Behr. When she covers for a friend who has not turned up for work, she visits a house in Tokyo. There she meets an old woman who is nearly comatose, and on further investigation she sees that the house is haunted and cursed, and she is attacked. We are then shown small episodes involving the past occupants of the house and see that anyone who lives there inevitably is killed by the terrifying plague inside the house. As the story goes on the reason for the curse is explained, and Karen (Gellar) tries to save herself.

Ju-On already ranks as one of the scariest movies ever made, and The Grudge is a worthy attempt which has some pluses and minuses over the original. The story is certainly easier to follow and more is explained, although it refuses to be told in a linear fashion. This adds to the uneasiness we feel while watching it, but is less confusing than the previous version. The scene here involving the ghost chasing one victim around an office building is better than the original, though the subsequent 'bed' moment is not as good.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspense, Horror 6 Oct 2007
This is not your usual Horror film, filled with blood and violence. This takes me back to the time where you sat in a dark theater. When you and your date would jump at the same time. And you would see some people covering their eyes, so as not to jump the next time.

Yes this movie is a supernatural tale. And it is scary. There is more then one part that will make you jump. And that is what I like about this movie. It can scare you without all the unnecessary violence and blood. The level of expectation is kept up throughout the whole movie. It kept my suspense level almost peaked the entire movie.

The story is well written. It gives you time to think. And the horror seems to never end. Just keeps coming and will keep you on the edge of your seat.

I would recommend watching this in a dark room with friends. Those who scream and jump will just add to the suspense for you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars "When someone dies in the grip of a powerful rage a curse is born. The...
I found this horror film watchable, but still it disappointed me a little as it is nowhere near the level of "The Ring". Read more
Published 2 months ago by Maciej
5.0 out of 5 stars good horror
my teenage daughter is into horror films at the moment so she really enjoyed this one- as usual good and efficient service as always
Published 4 months ago by lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars present
this was a birhtday present for my sister who loves her horrors so pleased that i got it so thank you
Published 6 months ago by collettecox
4.0 out of 5 stars Great horror film! Perfect with Ju-On for a night!
Love the original Ju-On and I love the story presented in this version.
The Grudge series is a classic... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Steven Oughton
4.0 out of 5 stars Has a "ring" about it
Some similar themes to the RING. Good shock effects but the lady in question seemed a bit too pretty at times to be a horror.
Published 7 months ago by Dr. Michael J. Atkins
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
Not at all scary and very poorly made film. The kids found the scariest bit the face but apart from that I wouldn't bother to watch it
Published 10 months ago by Debs
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy movie
I love a good horror movie, this was one of my first scary films I actually got into and enjoyed
Published 11 months ago by Glen
3.0 out of 5 stars Blu-Ray not so good :(
I would give the movie a 5* rating, however the 3* is for the Blu-Ray itself. I really wanted to purchase this movie on Blu-Ray as I already have it on DVD, however the picture is... Read more
Published 11 months ago by WOW!
5.0 out of 5 stars scary
Watched this on my own and it left me petrified I love horrors and never get scared but this is in a league of its own. Read more
Published 13 months ago by fynn53
3.0 out of 5 stars okay..
Published 13 months ago by Liam
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