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Grudge 2, The [2006] [DVD]

Sarah Michelle Gellar , Amber Tamblyn , Takashi Shimizu    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Amber Tamblyn, Edison Chen, Arielle Kebbel, Jennifer Beals
  • Directors: Takashi Shimizu
  • Producers: Takashige Ichise, Robert G. Tapert
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: 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: 7 May 2007
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KJT7QY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,286 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Grudge 2 is a spooky installment in Takashi Shimizu's hardworking Ju-on/Grudge series of horror pictures. It doesn't carry the disorienting thrill of the very first Japanese Ju-on features, but it's a lot creepier than anybody could have expected. The story picks up from the end of the first Hollywood version of The Grudge, and has nothing to do with Ju-on 2, Shimizu's Japanese sequel. Sarah Michelle Gellar returns (a distinctly supporting role) as an American woman traumatized by her experiences with a haunted house in Tokyo; younger sister Amber Tamblyn flies over to help out. This particular storyline doesn't have much meat on it; the murder house is still there, and people who go inside have a disconcerting habit of dropping dead. Fortunately, two other plots thread into the basic one: a group of American schoolgirls in Tokyo become intrigued by the legend of the house, and some Chicago apartment dwellers are unsettled by domestic anxiety and the weird sounds coming from next door. (This storyline, featuring Jennifer Beals, gives the film its extremely satisfying opening sequence.)

As usual with these movies, sequences come to us in non-chronological order, and it's up to us to piece it together. You can guess where the film is going, but the slow trajectory toward its final sequences is surprisingly involving. The movie was widely panned upon its release, which says more about the presumption of the law of diminishing sequel returns than the film itself--it's a decent little horror flick. --Robert Horton

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Fudge 17 July 2007
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Dino below got it right. This is a poor sequel to what was a pretty good original remake if you know what I mean. Admittedly, a few drinks had been taken by myself before I sat down to watch this late on a Saturday night but even through my mellowness, I could still spot pooingtons.

There's a couple of clues right from the start that this movie may not live up to what's gone before (in either the Japanese or US offerings of TG1). Firstly the Columbia Lady with the torch sprouts long, lank, black hair before the film's even started and although this is a neat touch it kind of suggests a "fun factor" creeping in (oh-oh! She's back!). Secondly the delightful SMG jumps ship (or roof) almost immediately; perhaps (as she's supposed to be quite a smart cookie in real life) she could smell a stinker coming on.

The rest of the movie then goes on to be a bit of a mess with a couple of intertwining but obvious strands that conclude with Amber Tamblyn's character racing off to find the root of the straggly-haired one's grievances before a convenient switching of action to the US in time for No3 of the franchise. The scary bits - although well executed - are for me not quite as skin-crawlingly creepy as they were in the first and, at some points, are over too quickly. That said there is still enough imagination behind these sequences to put many other horror films to shame.

The trouble with TG2 is that it's gone off on it's own direction away from the Japanese sequel and succumbed to commercial pressures meaning that we have to suffer a bunch of American schoolgirls (in Japan) plus this whole other Chicago "family?" who are living in the oddest apartment I have ever seen (it's entirely Khaki).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By R. WEST-SOLEY TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
It's true that sequels are often a poor echo of the original film, and I was expecting as much from the Grudge 2. But I have to disagree on this one - I thought the level of suspense and terror was as high, if not higher than the first Grudge film - this had our nerves in shreds! The dark, jarred atmosphere is honed to perfection in a film oozing cynical pessimism and hopelessness.

Some of the visual tricks we might have seen before - the sudden, jerky movements, for example - but they work well and never fail to horrify. The director expertly plays on movements and atmospheres that just seem 'wrong' and unnatural to the viewer, and all the more terrifying for it.

In terms of continuity it follows on well, developing the original Grudge storyline, answering questions and filling in gaps. Saying that, it made sense to a friend who had not seen the first film, so all in all it makes for a good night in hiding behind the sofa!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You Can't Hold a Grudge 15 May 2007
Format:DVD
The Grudge 2 is the imaginatively named sequel to The Grudge film which starred Sarah Michelle Gellar (a popular stateside remake of a eastern horror hit).

Here we find Ms Gellar being held up in a Japanese hospital accused or arson after burning down the haunted house in the last installment. Her slightly drippy sister has been sent by their mother to bring her home, but finds more than she bargained for (shock, horror!).

Alongside this 'main' storyline are two other current subplots and the orginal mythology (the haunting bit). The first subplot involves three female students who attend an international college in Japan. The three girls visit the gutted haunted house to scare one of the trio (you might just be able to spot the victim). It goes without saying that their prank has unintended consequences for all three. The second subplot is set in an apartement in New York where a newly formed family have a bit of an Amtyville moment. How are these storylines linked? Watch and find out (maybe). Now for the critique...

On the plus side this film is very scary and does not shy away from providing these scares thick and fast (and very well lit). The film looks good, is acted well and is an enjoyable thing.

There are however some negatives. It could be argued that there is a bit too much going on for a movie of this running time (what with all the plots, sublots and mythology knocking about). Because of this nothing really feels fully resolved and the ending is rather abrupt. Secondly TG2 seems to rely on ideas from other films quite heavily. As in the precursor, The Ring is a strong point of reference, but in addition other classics are obviously drawn on (The Amtyville Horror, Carrie and The Exorcist, to name a few).
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5.0 out of 5 stars present 24 Oct 2013
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this is a present for my sister who loves her horrors glad i got it so thank you very much
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5.0 out of 5 stars great film 11 Jun 2013
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just as good as the first film loads of scares made my jump a few times good price got very fast
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5.0 out of 5 stars great 21 Mar 2013
By fynn53
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Scary scary film I loved it made me jump a few times watch this if you love horror films you won't be dissapointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars grudge 2,the 2006 dvd 1 Jan 2013
By maria
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grudge 2 is a very good film and have very good special effects.this is very good horror film i really enjoy wached this film,my husband like too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "..AWESOME SUPERIOR HORROR SEQUEL.." 29 April 2012
Format:DVD
This is a fantastic horror sequel with a great story thats full of creepy and nightmarish imagery that you wont be able to get out of your head, Gellar only has a cameo in this one and makes way for a new cast, the effects are top notch and disturbing, make sure you see this if you loved the original its a smart scary movie that will make you check under the bed at night.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great film
the film has everything in it that it needs it creates fear it is well worth watching, it grips you and makes you take notice. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mr. John Saunders
5.0 out of 5 stars Grudge 2
The product was easy to find on the website, the DVD arrived quickly it was in excellent condition. Quick, reliable way to buy.
Published on 27 Sep 2011 by Andrea
4.0 out of 5 stars Scary, but no real climax.
I love all the grudge films, so I am slightly biased in rating this, but have given it a four anyway because, as always, I found it pretty terrifying, begging Kayako not to... Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2011 by James Hearn
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh
I wasn't the hugest fan of the original remake, but got this as it wass on offer. It wasn't awful, it was watchable, but was very very predictable, so predicatble in fact that you... Read more
Published on 2 April 2009 by raven_guest
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing sequel
I bought this film because I loved "The Grudge" and found it absolutely terrifying. This sequel didn't live up to my expectations at all. Read more
Published on 3 Nov 2008 by germanirish
4.0 out of 5 stars In my opinion it's a great sequel.
Continueing on the greatness of grudge 1 this is slightly worse but it's still god no where near as good as the first one though. Read more
Published on 13 July 2008 by Sandra O'Hagan
5.0 out of 5 stars Scared the life out of me...
Scared the life out of me! The Grudge character has to be the most disturbing, frighting film character of all time! Worth it just to see her preformance! Read more
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