The Grudge 2 (2006)

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The Grudge 2 Synopsis

A sequel to the 2004 movie The Grudge, itself a remake of the Japanese horror movie Ju-on: The Grudge. In this sequel to a remake, a young woman is exposed to the same mysetrious curse that troubled her sister in the previous film. The supernatural force bring together a group of strangers in an attempt to save their lives by unlocking its secrets.

If the trailers are any indication, Sarah Michelle Gellar may not make it all the way through to the end of The Grudge 2, but somehow I think the film will be alright without her. The Grudge franchise is about creepy thrills and powered up little kids. Plug any semi-hot actress into the film and it'll work just as well.

For a lot of people, the first film was the scariest thing they'd ever seen. For obsessive horror fans, not so much. A remake of a Japanese movie, the first one pit Sarah Michelle up against a powerful curse that locked its victims into a crazed rage before killing them and spreading to a new victim. Expect more of the same in the second.

What's most interesting about this franchise over some of the other Japanese imports flooding America, is that from the start it's been directed by Takashi Shimizu. Horror freaks often turn up their nose at the American Grudge series, but the fact that the creator has held onto control of his creation, American remake or not, ought to earn it at least a little credibility with the blood n' guts fanboy. Just be happy this isn't When a Stranger Calls. Mediocre Japanese imports are still better than the alternative: dulled down American thrillers geared specifically towards the easily scared, prone to screaming, teenage girl set.

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The Grudge 2 Release Date
In Theaters October 13, 2006
The Grudge 2 Credits
Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar (Karen), Edison Chen (Eason), Amber Tamblyn (Aubrey), Arielle Kebbel (Allison), Jennifer Beals (Trish), Sara Roemer (Lacey), Takako Fuji (Kayako Saeki), Matthew Knight (Jake), Misako Uno (Miyuki), Teresa Palmer (Vanessa), Ohga Tanaka (Toshio)
Directed by: Takashi Shmizu
Produced by: Takashige Ichise, Robert G. Tapert
Distributor: Columbia Pictures
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