Its scary because for a culture that has spirits watching over every little thing you could think of, having a few spirits who's purpose is to cause pain is pretty serious. The Grudge has a couple significant differences from other recent examples of that trend, however. We learned from The Grudge that there's a Japanese belief that when someone dies in a powerful grip of rage, then a curse is left behind. I shook my head and sighed. The hair is a classic Japanese horror technique. I'm not really sure what people are complaining about. It's similar to if you're waiting for me to close out my review in a witty and funny fashion, but instead, for some reason I just decide to end the review in mid sent.
They become haunted no matter where they are. I'm sorry it wasn't our beautiful American actors carrying the film. Being a huge fan of the original Ju-On movies, as well as the original American remake, I was looking forward to this one. Tension and atmosphere are a big part of it, so please keep your laughing and talking to a minimum. Watching this movie is like playing a good game of chess - you're always four or five scenes ahead.
After their meeting, Karen dies and Aubrey decides to investigate what happened to her and gets herself trapped in the same situation, being chased by the ghost of the house. Although the most interesting subtexts would probably arise with a more intimate knowledge of Japanese culture, it's interesting to ponder why so many Japanese horror films feature scary children and adults who look like scary children. As a result, I wish the movie had been longer. If that's the case then why does it do nothing but rehash the original? I went to this movie expecting an artsy scary film. All I can say is if that were true then the movie-going public better hope I never die in a theater.
They do a horrible job and say something about being infected with rage but it all is the same. It's a horror film at it's core. I saw the movie by myself. The eyes in this movie were not an indication of who was going to be killed, it is not the ring. This was atmospheric and despite what some people say, it did have a plot, although it was all over the place so it's kind of hard to explain. Takashi Shimizu is a great director, he knows how to create suspense and keep it for the duration of the movie.
Jump scenes rule the day here. Can you believe the story if you can call it that is even worse than The Grudge's? Yes, I have high hopes, but realistic expectations. Unfortunately, when most moviegoers get scared they like to scream and then laugh and talk about it for 2 minutes afterwards. Talk about being in a powerful grip of rage. One that immediately comes to mind is a scene where a girl drinks a gallon of milk and then begins to regurgitate it back into the jug. I hope you can deal with the fact that she's given nothing more to do than walk around looking like she's suffering from a pinched nerve.
A more poetic, metaphorical, surreal approach to film isn't yet accepted by the mainstream in the U. Jabs at it being a copy of The Ring or just another ghost story. We don't pray to any of them save very important ones, say ones that protect your home, they just exist. So then some dude in the audience would giggle, and not to be outdone, deliver his own rendition. Oh, yeah, I even half-covered my eyes a few times! Keep in mind, characters aren't necessarily supposed to know they're in a horror movie. This film doesn't even show you the majority of the deaths it shows the fear of the characters. I think it works fairly well, but one of my complaints is that near the end everything is wrapped up and explained rather quickly.
Are you an Amber Tamblyn fan? Their lives were ended prematurely and under terrible circumstances! And it's made even more annoying by the 20 people in the audience who thought it'd be funny to imitate the sound whenever there was a quiet spot in the movie. Three interwoven stories about a terrible curse. This floater doesn't even feel like a movie. Sarah Michelle Gellar reappears for a relatively small role, so she doesn't make much impact, and the other major actress, Jennifer Beals, is also saddled with what almost amounts to a bit part. Please get out of my head ; In summary, this is not a slasher flick like I grew up with Jason, Freddy.
Here is what I loved about the movie, ignore everything else I've said and just look for what I saw. Suspense works well when you can't predict what is going to happen, but in The Grudge 2, after a while, it all seems rather familiar. Johnny's Worst of 2006 list meet The Grudge 2. Example: My dad makes his coffee and drinks it from his mug respecting the role the spirits had. I had seriously hoped that Takashi Shimizu would bring some of his style to the film. The Grudge does a great job of keeping you guessing. Come on, how about some closure? A sound on which I'd recommend you not get me started.
Beyond the classic use of music and lighting, or the quick edit cut shots and nasty faces of the spirits. Take note of the lack of dialogue in the movie, yet how much emotion is conveyed. The kills themselves are far from satisfying, as they are simply more of the same that we saw the first time around. If you're gonna scream then scream. I told you not to get me started.