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Overall Rating
2.12

Awesome: 7.58%
Worth A Look: 15.15%
Average: 6.06%
Pretty Bad: 24.24%
Total Crap46.97%

6 reviews, 30 user ratings


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Grudge 2, The
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by EricDSnider

"But I already SAW this movie! TWICE! Once in English, once in Japanese!"
2 stars

If there's anything more pointless than a sequel that simply duplicates its predecessor's story and characters, it's a review of that sequel. Welcome to Pointless Town, population "The Grudge 2" and me.

Again directed by Takashi Shimizu and again written by Stephen Susco, this sequel to the 2004 hit (which was a remake of a Japanese hit) continues to believe that the scariest thing a movie could possibly feature is a ghostly Japanese woman or little boy appearing suddenly on the screen. Shimizu further believes that if the event is accompanied by a shriek of violins on the soundtrack, then you have perpetrated the most frightening thing ever committed to film.

By those standards, "The Grudge 2" must surely be a terrifying experience, for hardly five minutes can pass without some pale, bug-eyed ghost appearing. Ninety percent of the time, all these ghosts do is appear, usually with the effect of terrifying whoever sees them. The 10 other percent of the time, the ghosts actually attack their victims, though what they actually DO to them is never made clear.

After a while, these jump scares become predictable and obvious, and you start to think, hey, wait a minute, maybe this movie isn't scary after all! Maybe the movie has just been using gimmicks and tricks to make us THINK it's scary, to distract us from its complete lack of original content! As this realization dawns on you, you feel stupid for not having spotted it earlier -- like, say, when you saw the ads on TV.

The film follows three storylines, two of which seem irrelevant until the end, when the loose ends are gathered and the master plan is revealed (sort of). First of all, Aubrey Davis (Amber Tamblyn) is sent to Tokyo to check on her sister, Karen (Sarah Michelle Gellar), who in the first film was terrorized by the ghosts and eventually set their house on fire in an attempt to destroy them. Karen's in the hospital now, a little worse for wear and completely insane.

Meanwhile (or maybe later, or maybe before), three high school girls go into the haunted house, which we know is a bad idea because everyone who enters the house winds up being pestered by the ghosts. Sure enough, that's what happens.

Thirdly, an American family in Chicago is disturbed by weird noises coming from their neighbors' apartment.

What does it all mean?! you ask. It means "The Grudge" made $187 million worldwide, thus assuring a sequel would be made whether anyone had a good idea for one or not. (Shimizu made a sequel to his Japanese original, too, but this is not a remake of it.) "The Grudge 2" brims with bad dialogue badly delivered, and there's very little suspense for the simple reason that too often, we have no idea what the heck's going on. It's hard to be scared and baffled at the same time.

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originally posted: 10/13/06 18:30:20
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User Comments

10/01/08 Ashley Nicole Hendershot-Wetherington Derivative. Plus seems Sarah Michelle Gellar's forgot what little acting she used to know. 3 stars
8/13/08 Shaun Wallner This ones ok. 3 stars
3/10/08 Jayme Isaacs The Grudge 2 Was Not As Good As The First Film 3 stars
11/15/07 mike what a complete joke. absolutely HORRIBLE movie that wasn't scary at all. just plain dumb 1 stars
10/24/07 Ivana Mann Nonsensical mess that becomes unintentional self-parody.Plot...what plot?Just hairy ghosts. 1 stars
4/26/07 Doug special fx were the only good thing about the movie, everything else was HORRIBLE! 2 stars
4/23/07 gravity 666 gay fucked and pointless the grudge 1 is 50 times better 1 stars
2/21/07 Beau after watching this film i felt ...dirty....like a part of my life had been stolen 4ever 2 stars
2/16/07 Axel Leos This movie does not suck!! some people just dont know how to enjoy a movie.. 5 stars
2/14/07 Rocky The Japanese "Grudge 2" was superior to this steaming turd, and that's not saying much 1 stars
2/10/07 HGTV fanatic too choppy, confusing, ridiculously not scary 1 stars
12/09/06 pete.chesworth GARBAGE from start to finish 1 stars
11/11/06 SirRobin C.......R...........A...............P 1 stars
11/11/06 Kristina Cooney Scared the heck out of my sister, I felt it in her grip. I'll admit I jumped too 4 stars
11/02/06 Ackles I wish America stop with these remakes. To name a few this year: Lake house, Departed etc.. 2 stars
10/31/06 Shovel Meister Well its.......random! if you like random killings and have a sick kinda humour, thumbs up! 4 stars
10/30/06 Willy Wonka This is probably the worst movie I have ever seen. 1 stars
10/30/06 katie i scared myself...thats why i thot it wuz scarry 5 stars
10/29/06 Tara WHAT A PEICE OF SHYT...didn't make sense, crappier than the first 1 stars
10/28/06 Mark Louis Baumgart Confusing to some, but yet another cool ghost story. Carries on with the storyline from #1 5 stars
10/24/06 michael 1st was better but this was still pretty good 4 stars
10/22/06 brandi pretty good....not scary 3 stars
10/21/06 Alicia I think its a cool movie 4 stars
10/20/06 Centipedes If you like this movie, you are a brain-dead drooling mental defective. 1 stars
10/20/06 chrissy dawson SCARY 5 stars
10/18/06 Pritchett Sucked even worse than the first one...almost as hard as Stephen King and Dean Koontz suck. 1 stars
10/16/06 Rob Gonsalves King said it first in Danse Macabre. Koontz later used it for a title. 1 stars
10/16/06 stephen king fan hey Rob Gonsalves, if I'm right, Dean Koontz was the author of "Bad Place," 2 stars
10/16/06 guddu sexy 5 stars
10/16/06 jak blok grudge 2=*SH!T* 1 stars
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USA
  13-Oct-2006 (PG-13)
  DVD: 06-Feb-2007

UK
  20-Oct-2006

Australia
  26-Oct-2006




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