4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Right up there with the very best horror films,
This review is from: The Grudge [DVD] (DVD)
This is without question one of my favourite modern (and ever) horror films. I can't remember the last time that a modern horror film genuinely scared me this much. I know it is a boring cliche to say it but I find that most modern horror films rely too much on blood and guts, not that there is anything wrong with blood and guts in a horror movie but as long as it is actually scary first, the gore should be a bonus if anything and also a lot of modern horror films that I have seen have too much comedy and teen attitude in them with an MTV soundtrack on top. It is almost as if the director wants to appeal to the trendy brigade first and scare them second.
One of the great things about this film for me is that when I first saw the house I was a bit disappointed as I did not find it in any way creepy, but it really did fool me because once the first scare happened from then onwards the house gave me the creeps everytime it came on screen, so now everytime I watch it on repeated viewing the house will always be creepy from the start. The music is great also which is important to me in a horror movie and always adds to the creepiness.
I am not going to mention the story as I don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen it but one thing I will say is, that those stair crawling scenes almost scare me to the point of ringing for an ambulance, truly horrible. In about ten to twenty years time I am absolutely certain that this will be right up there with the best horror movies ever made and I honestly can't say that about most modern horror films for reasons I have already mentioned.
There is one more thing that I will mention and that is this blue case two disc special version, if you like your extras on DVD's then this is definitely the one you should buy if you don't own this already. I own this version myself and I can tell you it has plenty of extras including interviews, behind the scenes, footage of some recordings telling strange stories, English commentary and an option to watch it dubbed in English language. At the time of writing it is also only about two pounds more expensive than the normal version, trust me it is an absolute bargain at just under £7 as I have a feeling that this version will become rare.
So if you like ghost story type horror movies or horror in general and are put off by thinking that this will be all hyped up like most modern horror films usually are, then don't because you really will be missing out and I say that as somebody who has seen all types of horror movies old and new. Just remember as with all horror films, watch it at night with the lights off.