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Overall Rating

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

6 reviews, 30 user ratings

Grudge 2, The
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by brianorndorf

"This has become the Police Academy of horror franchises"
1 stars

I wasn’t much of a fan of 2004’s “The Grudge,” but that didn’t prepare me for the levels of awfulness the new sequel sinks to. Never in my life have I ever missed Sarah Michelle Geller’s touch more. Barf.

Aubrey Davis (Amber Tamblyn, given nothing to do) has been sent by her mother to Japan to check in on her hospitalized sister, Karen (Sarah Michelle Gellar). There, Aubrey looks for clues to the deadly curse that took Karen’s will to live, teaming up with a reporter (Edison Chen) to find the source of the mysterious ghost killing spree. Also in Japan, an American student (Ariel Kebble, a terrible actress in a horrible wig) has come into contact with this curse, leaving her a puddle of fear battling the spirits who want to eat her soul. Across the globe in Chicago, another grudge is taking place, ripping apart a family (including Jennifer Beals) that has recently found domestic peace.

Director Takashi Shimizu has been playing this “Grudge” game so long, I can’t imagine him making a film without cheap scares and meowing ghost children. This is his sixth stab at selling the same ghost story, and I hate to disappoint people, but the results are getting worse.

Just last week we witnessed a franchise that was willing to consume itself to squeeze more dollars out of horror fans; “Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning” ruined everything by explaining what made Leatherface into the madman we know today. In a way, “Grudge 2” is fishing from the same hole. Obviously, this Japanese/American horror series ran out of fresh ideas a long time ago, so Shimizu heads back to the source of the grudge, and the results are a hopeless, desperate bore.

Shimizu at least had something intriguing with the Japanese “Ju-on,” but homeland sequels and remakes put an end to that. The Americanized “Grudge” from 2004 did little to remind the viewer why the original concept was such a kick; but packed with aural jolts and branded with a PG-13, the film was irresistible to the uninitiated. At its black heart, “Grudge 2” is a thinly disguised cash-in from Sony and producer Sam Raimi. The production knows that there’s nowhere to go with this franchise, so they set up a purposefully twisty backstory that nobody will give a damn about, split the tale into three different sections to beef up the running time, and convince (cha-ching!) Sarah Michelle Gellar to cameo in what amounts to a pointless return, reminiscent of Jamie Lee Curtis’s integrity-killing appearance in “Halloween: Resurrection.”

Shimizu even repeats some iconic scare sequences directly from “Grudge,” which, for a film this thin, is quite insulting. The rest of the picture alternates between half-realized exposition that grinds the film to a halt and aggravating boo scares to cover the evidence that Shimizu has bled the horror potential completely out of this puppy. If you have your unholy and unstoppable spirits crawling out of photo developing solution to chill the crowd, maybe this series should’ve quit while it was ahead.

Because Stephen Susco’s script essentially tells three grudge tales, “Grudge 2” holds the opportunity to swiftly bounce from story to story. Instead of meticulously building the suspense, the sequel loses steam with every aching plot turn, and a sizable amount of coherency goes out the window as well. The production has managed to move the concept to America, which sets up another sequel to nab more of your paycheck.

Hey, if the title is “Grudge 3: Grudgin’ Hawaiian Style!,” you can count me in.

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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 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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  13-Oct-2006 (PG-13)
  DVD: 06-Feb-2007



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