We can't imagine why, but Ghost House Pictures has decided to remake The Grudge. Again. For the record, the first American remake of the modern classic Japanese haunted house tale came out in 2004. The sequel, "cleverly" titled The Grudge 2, came out in 2006. The Grudge 3, which as near as we can tell nobody bothered to see, came out in 2009. Naturally, the time has come to reboot this timeless horror franchise for audiences who weren't around to see it… a couple of years ago.
Bloody Disgusting had the exclusive report that Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures, which also brought the world Boogeyman, Drag Me to Hell and 30 Days of Night (and is producing the upcoming remake of Evil Dead), is pursuing yet another remake of Takashi Shimizu's classic – and genuinely terrifying – original series of films. Their report wasn't sure if this would be another high-profile theatrical release or perhaps a Straight-to-Video production, but either way… We don't care. Sure, it would be easy to make a better American adaptation than the 2004 version of The Grudge, but isn't seven years a little brief to be considering a hard reboot? Especially for a franchise that audiences aren't that interested in in the first place?
Just damned depressing, this. If you haven't seen the original, or at least the original reboot Ju-On: The Grudge, do yourself a favor and check out one of the most original and frightening ghost stories of the last decade or two. It's about a haunted house that's infectious, and might even bring about the end of the world. Scary stuff.
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