There are also some weird scenes thrown in that make no sense whatsoever. Welp, enjoy her two minutes of screen time and one line of dialogue. The Grudge 2 also has a plot twist, which early on becomes reasonably obvious, so when it plays out at the end, there isn't much surprise in store. The movie does, however, kick it up in the final twenty minutes or so. The idea instead is to present a dreamlike sequence of scenes, with dream logic, where the focus is atmosphere, creepiness, the uncanny, and for many viewers--scares. The original versions of these films should just be playing in U. Tension and atmosphere are a big part of it, so please keep your laughing and talking to a minimum.
They do a horrible job and say something about being infected with rage but it all is the same. Of course, as this is a modern horror film, the characters are relatively thin to begin with, but with the constant cutting between stories, it becomes enormously difficult to get a bead on anyone and develop much attachment to them. I know a lot of you have the attention span of a goldfish about 9 seconds, you just learned something today, thank me later , so this may be problematic. If you're gonna scream then scream. We don't pray to any of them save very important ones, say ones that protect your home, they just exist. The acting was good from all. Folks, this is a horror movie.
As is also the case with a large percentage of European horror, The Grudge should be looked at more as a filmed nightmare. It's so bad that I don't think we should even dignify it by labeling it a twist. Maybe it's a delayed influence from the success of M. Eyes are the portals into the spirit. A more poetic, metaphorical, surreal approach to film isn't yet accepted by the mainstream in the U. The end result is a chaotic mess with a convoluted storyline that weaves through time without ever indicating it slightly confusing at the start, as there is a two year difference between the events we see throughout the film, but I will refrain from spoilers.
Mug spirit likes to serve coffee and be cleaned and treated well, its his job kind of. The prompts at the beginning of the movie explain this. I'm not really sure what people are complaining about. Lucky for him, he took off before I had a chance to demonstrate what happens when a person is caught in a powerful grip of rage. They aren't haunting in the western sense of seeking revenge they are spirits created from a traumatic event and are fulfilling their job of continuing what they know best.
The skipping about in the timeline is done very well as well. Two, as with many Japanese horror films, the slower pacing here isn't so much in the realm of realist drama as with surrealism. The plot is very simple, part of the appeal of the series is how effective such a simple story can be. Yes, they are creepy, but the circumstances that surround them are relatively rote. Oh yeah, you get killed by a spirit created from a terrible even and guess what, you've now become a spirit haunted by pain as well. Horror films are even more difficult to spin a sequel off from, as suspense and scares are often, by nature, dependent on a lack of expectation from the audience.
I didn't jump once during this lametrosity yeah, I made the word up, deal with it. But I strongly recommend that you see it at a time when there won't be a big crowd because I know I would've enjoyed the movie a lot more had I not been surrounded by a lot of stand-up comedians who felt the need to crack jokes at the most tense and inopportune times. Of course, given the genre, and the fact that it was a sequel to a remake and not really a remake of a sequel, it was exactly what I expected. Take note of the lack of dialogue in the movie, yet how much emotion is conveyed. For being a 32-year-old-mommy, I think I may have nightmares from this movie, especially because of that sound. How well the film works for you will largely depend on how well you can adapt yourself to, or are used to, this different approach to film-making although admittedly, some of the seeming gaps are filled in by previous entries in the Ju-On series.
Keep in mind, characters aren't necessarily supposed to know they're in a horror movie. A longer running time could've produced more in-depth character development, a more clever way to explain what was going on, and maybe even a better ending. 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. 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. A sound on which I'd recommend you not get me started.
I was under the impression that this was supposed to be a sequel to The Grudge rather than a remake. But my excitement dwindled right from the opening scene, as The Grudge 2 quickly became a predictable and mundane sequel. 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. The Grudge 2 meet Johnny's Worst of 2006 list. 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. As soon as the credits rolled the audience booed.
When she arrives, she re-lives the horrifying events that occurred in the Saeki household 10 years earlier. 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. Second is a plot thread featuring Allison Arielle Kebbel , an American girl in high school in Japan who is goaded by two classmates to enter the spooky house from the first film and finds that it lives up to its haunted house reputation. Unlike 2004's The Grudge, which unfolded in a largely linear fashion, The Grudge 2 shakes things up a bit by splitting the narrative between three different plot lines that all take place at different times. Unfortunately, it was nowhere near as good as I had hoped.
At least the original was fairly creepy and boasted a few effective jump scenes. I think it works fairly well, but one of my complaints is that near the end everything is wrapped up and explained rather quickly. I'm sure we've all explored strange noises before, except rather than a horrific, disfigured ghost producing the noise, in real life the sound is usually coming from Uncle Larry's bathroom excursion. Word to the wise, though: I thought some of the scenes were a little psychotic. In horror fan is going to love the use of music and sound effects in the movie. Now that I've said all of the above, let me finish with a mini-rant: It's not that I'm anti-remake, but it is ridiculous that U. The film's fractured narrative, while giving The Grudge 2 some difference from the previous entry, works against the film in many ways also.