October 23, 2004 by W. Blaine Dowler
So, will Sarah Michelle Gellar have a career after
October 23, 2004 @ 9:36 am
So, will Sarah Michelle Gellar have a
As much as I respect Sarah, and like Buffy, I think we all
know the sad but painfull truth. If there isn’t a monster
to play off of, Sarah is going to have some trouble in the
October 23, 2004 @ 8:13 pm
Re: “The Grudge”
As much as I respect Sarah, and like Buffy, I think we all know the sad but painfull truth. If there isn’t a monster to play off of, Sarah is going to have some trouble in the future.
I disagree. If she does mroe films where she makes out with chicks like Neve Campbell and such, I’ll go see them all. :)
October 23, 2004 @ 9:05 pm
How About a Review
I’m interested. I’d like to hear more about the movie, as well as what people thought of it. Anyone? Bueller?
October 23, 2004 @ 9:23 pm
Re: How About a Review
I’m interested. I’d like to hear more about the movie, as
well as what people thought of it. Anyone? Bueller?
I just got back. I hadn’t planned on seeing it, and won’t
have time for a full review, but I can post my comments.
If I were to give it a full review, it would probably land
in the low or mid-20s. The effects were very well done,
but the story was uneven. There’s a scene at the
beginning that is a mark of bad editing somewhere, either
because the scenes it should have led to were left out, or
because it wasn’t removed along with them. Either way,
the viewer keeps expecting a certain solution to be used,
but it never comes. In the meantime, we have a male lead
who is poorly defined, and serves only to get the heroine
back to a particular location in a hurry. We have a
series of startling moments, but nothing truly scary or
particularly suspenceful. I know it’s a remake of a
Japanese original, and find myself wondering how far along
production was when studio execs realized that this wasn’t
going to be another Ring and started demanding
more changes to try and make it more marketable. If
you’re a fan of the genre, consider a rental, but I
wouldn’t bother with a theater ticket.
October 25, 2004 @ 8:35 am
Re: How About a Review
I will try to make this lite on spoilers. I saw this this past weekened and enjoyed it but felt it could have been told better. I am trying to find the Japanese version (Ju-on) to see how it compares, the plot synopsis reads the same on IMDB.
If a person dies a violent death during a rage or great sadness the location of that death will be tainted by their spirit.
The story revolves around a haunted house in a suburb of Tokyo. Sarah M Gellar plays a home care volunteer who is tapped to care for an invalid woman in this home. The rest of the womans family and the previous volunteer have disapeared.
The effects are simple, but effective. It is reminiscent of The Ring (Also a japanese story) in many respects including blurry video tape shots, creepy static.
The acting of the American cast members is just ok. SMG does a better job then her other big screen pictures, Ted Raimi is more suited towards a comedic role, and this picture did little with him. Gellar’s on screen love interest was a non entity.
The Japanese cast was very well done, the child ghost Toshio (Yuya Ozeki) was superbly creepy as was the childs mother Kayoko (Takako Fuji).
My main beef with the movie is it is told from several points of view and jumps around in time with little in the way of segue. It is oddly disjointed from the word go and it holds back information in a failed attempt to increase suspense.
Telling this story in a more linear fashion, would have improved it, even if you left in a few of the flashback/forwards.
On the whole I would give this movie 3 out of 5 stars. i enjoyed it, but you may want to wait till video.
October 25, 2004 @ 4:18 pm
Careers of stars
I think KevinKringle will take over where SMG left off. He just needs more hair.
October 27, 2004 @ 2:04 pm
The Grudge – QUESTION
I liked the movie, I thought it was scary and entertaining. However, I have a question “who taped the child in the closet?”
October 27, 2004 @ 8:00 pm
Re: The Grudge – QUESTION
I liked the movie, I thought it was scary and
entertaining. However, I have a question “who taped the
child in the closet?”
Note that the tape was gone when the police arrived, too.
I believe the tape and the child were a manifestation of
what happened on “that night” several years before. So, I
guess, the child’s father taped him in the closet.
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