Monday, 2 February 2009

The Grudge 2 - Horror Film Review

I hated The Grudge. First I saw the Japanese version. I had no idea what the heck was going on, I found it very boring and confusing. I got the American remake thinking that would be better, but no. The American remake was near identical, it was very boring and confusing. I brought The Grudge 2 a long time ago purely because it was cheap, it hadn't even had its packaging removed. I finally decided to watch it last Saturday, and I must admit I was pleasantly surprised.

The Grudge for those who don't know is a Japanese based haunted house story basically. There is a house which curses any who enter it. All visitors to the house become haunted by strange apparitions everywhere they go of the family who were murdered in the house.

The film has 3 different story lines going on. The first storyline sees Sarah Michelle Geller's character currently under police guard in hospital. Her sister heads over to Japan to take her back to America. The 2nd storyline concerns a group of school girls who head into the house from the original film to play a prank on their classmate. The 3rd storyline is set in an apartment building in America, and the spooky goings on there. The story lines seem at first unrelated, but are cleverly interwoven.

The films story is nowhere near as confusing as the original, and is all the better for this. It's also a scarier film than the original, though it only made me jump on the one occasion.

There are quite a few extras on the disc, of which I didn't actually watch. I did see the alternate ending though, and it really is an alternate ending. I can understand why they decided not to use it. I really hope they make The Grudge 3!



Gabriel Lima said...

It's been a while since I watched The Grudge 2, I think the movie was not as good as the previous movie but neither think it sucks.
My favourite characters were Allison and Jake, too bad none of them actually interacted to each other until the end of the film.
However, the Alternate Ending is waaaaaaay better than the actual one, the latter being quite non-sensical regarding Allison's death. Why do you think they didn't used it in the film?
My only guess is that it wouldn't work because The Grudge generally kills it's victims when they're alone, unlike how the Alternate Ending shows them being attacked/killed at the same time.

Daniel Simmonds said...

I really wanted to like The Grudge but I just felt so disappointed by it. I have always found things to like in the later films. I loved the bits in the American apartment building. I only saw the movie once and didn't actually read the (no doubt awful) review my less experienced past self wrote but I have fond memories of this one even if I don't think it is amazing. I have never actually seen the alternate ending, it is a rare beast where the alternate is better than the actual one!