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Grudge 2, The [2006] [DVD]


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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: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 7 May 2007
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KJT7QY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,076 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Follow up to the 2004 film of the same name - a US remake of the Japanese film 'Ju-on' (2003) by Takashi Shimizu. In this sequel, the vengeful and terrible curse continues to consume and petrify all in its path as we are shown three seemingly unconnected stories. An American girl discovers her sister is being held in a Japanese hospital and is simultaneously under suspicion of arson/murder in which her boyfriend has died. She immediately goes to be at her sister's side but is intercepted by a journalist who informs her that her sister is being consumed by a dark force. At the same time, an American girl at an international school elsewhere in Tokyo is trying to get in with the school's top girls. She'll do anything to be accepted so when she's told to go into a mysterious burned-out house, she doesn't question it.Jake is living with his dad who has remarried quite soon after his mom's death, so the boy becomes sullen and withdrawn. He's easily drawn to a mysterious, equally withdrawn neighbour.

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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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3.7 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. N. Sandford on 17 July 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 July 2008
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Corey S. Newcombe on 21 Sep 2014
Format: DVD
It' two years later, and Karen's sister, Audrey, has been affected by the supernatural curse, and is trying to find the origin of it in order to find a way to free herself.

But what has this quest got to do with the families who are living in Chicago, a photojournalist from Hong Kong, and the three schoolgirls from Tokyo's International High School......

Its basically more of the same because the remake did so well. It's the Sister Act 2 and Wayne's World 2 of horror movies, it's not bad, but nobody really wanted it, and the more you see it, the less you like it.

Gellar realises this and chucks herself of the hospital roof at the beginning ala Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween resurrection, and the film goes through the motions just like before.

But a lot less scarier....

Three girls go into the house, they get cursed, one turns into a hoodie wearing goth, and the audience spend the rest of the movie playing Where's Waldo, trying to spot the scary images.

There were at least three times where we had to rewind the film to spot the ghost,the makers obviously didn't want you spot the ghost easily so you'd see it again.

The problem is that it has nothing new to offer, and therefore it's just that little bit bland to satisfy a horror fans palate.

Worth watching the once, but you'll get fed up of that blooming crooooooooaaaaaaaak noise by the end.
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By Mysticulous on 10 May 2007
Format: DVD
the first movie was pretty creepy
it spooked me good, then i saw the spoof and could finally laugh at myself for getting own3d
but then this.
for a minute i was lead to believe there'd be light. that was invigorating,
most horrors are just uncontrollably scary, you can't do anything if you're caught up in it, just accept the inevitable
with this i thought i'd be able to put the matter to rest, to be rewarded with rainbows
it didn't happen
so, you're lulled into a false sense of security, things start to make sense and the whole thing has a greater meaning, then.. b1t*hslapped back to reality
was it a clever twist, i think not
i was ready to applaud it and nestle both installments on my *classics* shelf, but after the flip-side, i was left grizzling
if you like pointlessness, you'll no doubt love it
but for me, if something happens and it effects an area, fair enough. with this second movie it's as tho the evil disregards the laws of physiques and is free to do whatever, at will
wrong imho
what happened causality?
exactly.
summed up:
it's aiight but then it actually doesn't make sense.
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