2006   USA The Grudge 2
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Director:Takashi Shimizu
Studio:Sony Pictures
Writer:Stephen Susco, Takashi Shimizu
IMDb Rating:4.6 (18,968 votes)
Awards:2 nominations
Genre:Horror
Duration:108 min
Languages:English
IMDb:0433386
Amazon:B000LRZHQY
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Takashi Shimizu  ...  (Director)
Stephen Susco, Takashi Shimizu  ...  (Writer)
 
Sarah Michelle Gellar  ...  Karen
Amber Tamblyn  ...  Aubrey
Arielle Kebbel  ...  Allison
Edison Chen  ...  Eason
Sarah Roemer  ...  Lacey
Jennifer Beals  ...  Trish
Teresa Palmer  ...  Vanessa
Matthew Knight  ...  Jake
Misako Uno  ...  Miyuki
Takako Fuji  ...  Kayako Saeki
Ohga Tanaka  ...  Toshio
Yuya Ozeki  ...  Toshio
Joanna Cassidy  ...  Mrs. Davis
Christopher Cousins  ...  Bill
Zen Kajihara  ...  Folklore Guy
Takashi Matsuyama  ...  Takeo
Katsumi Yanagijima  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: What Was Once Trapped, Will Now Be Unleashed

Summary: The Grudge 2 is a spooky installment in Takashi Shimizu's hardworking Ju-on/Grudge series of horror pictures. It doesn't carry the disorienting thrill of the very first Japanese Ju-on features, but it's a lot creepier than anybody could have expected. The story picks up from the end of the first Hollywood version of The Grudge, and has nothing to do with Ju-on 2, Shimizu's Japanese sequel. Sarah Michelle Gellar returns (a distinctly supporting role) as an American woman traumatized by her experiences with a haunted house in Tokyo; younger sister Amber Tamblyn flies over to help out. This particular storyline doesn't have much meat on it; the murder house is still there, and people who go inside have a disconcerting habit of dropping dead. Fortunately, two other plots thread into the basic one: a group of American schoolgirls in Tokyo become intrigued by the legend of the house, and some Chicago apartment dwellers are unsettled by domestic anxiety and the weird sounds coming from next door. (This storyline, featuring Jennifer Beals, gives the film its extremely satisfying opening sequence.) As usual with these movies, sequences come to us in non-chronological order, and it's up to us to piece it together. You can guess where the film is going, but the slow trajectory toward its final sequences is surprisingly involving. The movie was widely panned upon its release, which says more about the presumption of the law of diminishing sequel returns than the film itself--it's a decent little horror flick. --Robert Horton


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