Chris posted on Sunday, 09 October, 2005 - 05:49 pm
Just thought I'd add to the sporadic film reviews that have been posted here from time to time.
I saw THE GRUDGE last night and I can honestly say that it is one of the most genuinely unnerving horror/ghost films I have seen in a long, long time. It is based on a Japanese film and was remade, for Hollywood, by the film's original director. It's not the first time that foreign-language films have been remade by the original director for a Western audience, but this has to be one of the best.
I won't spoil it by saying too much about it, but to say that I literally jumped at least six times during the film and it's been a long time since I broke out in a cold sweat like that! There are obvious elements of Japanese folklore in there and the script moves on a non-linear basis - in other words the narrative jumps around a bit in the same way as, say, Pulp Fiction did a few years ago. It doesn't rely on gore or SFX and the cast (especially Sarah Michelle Gellar) are uniformly good and seem genuinely into what they are doing.
I haven't seen the original, but this seems to be a worthy, stylish and above all damn scary remake. I would urge anyone who likes real horror films to get it on DVD. Better, in my opinion, than The Ring and streets ahead of overrated rubbish like Blair Witch.