THE GRUDGE (2020)
Written/Directed by Nicholas Pesce
Reviewed by JP Andrika
In 2002, Asian horror imports being remade into American films was all the rage. In 2004 THE GRUDGE was born. In 2006, both films scared up profits and in 2009 a third straight to video entry was released to mixed reviews. A decade later, another sequel has been released.
The wave of Asian horror remakes has come and gone. This time around THE GRUDGE takes place firmly in America (Albeit filmed in Alberta, Canada) with an opening sequence linking itself to the 2004 film in Japan. Here we find frazzled Detective (Andrea Riseborough) in the middle of a bizarre rash of horrific homicides.
Like the other films, this one has a fractured storyline told in separate vignettes. There is also an abundance of gore which was absent in in the first two films. The two protagonists of the previous entries, Kayoko and her Son are not in this film, but most of the tropes from the franchise remain.
Faith (Lin Shaye) is a woman with severe Dementia and living with her husband (William Matheson). They consult a worker (Jacki Weaver) to assess her. A young pregnant couple, Peter and Nina (John Cho, Betty Gilpin) have just discovered their child has a severe medical condition. At the center, of course, is the curse. When someone dies in the grips of a powerful rage, a curse spreads and each person they encounter becomes a part of it.
If you aren’t a fan of the franchise, you probably won’t enjoy this film either. Aside from more gore and taking place strictly in America, it doesn’t offer much in the way of anything new. However, I feel reviews have been a bit harsh. Being that it’s the fourth film in a long-established franchise, what exactly were people expecting? While the director would like to set possible future films in less current time settings, it’s a shame he may not get the chance considering the abysmal reviews how it bombed at the box office.