The Grudge (remake, reboot, regurgitation … whatever you want to call it) is downright laughable. To call this uninspired nonsense, a horror movie is an insult to fans of the genre. I’ve seen better fan films than this. If anything, the first release of 2020 is yet another example of why it’s always best to move on to the next idea rather than dig up old ones. How many times have we been down this road already? What was left to tell? The narrative is downright convoluted and uninspired that it’s likely to inspire walkouts and refunds across the globe. Also, for a movie that’s 98 minutes long, it felt like I was watching The Irishman.
The premise is there’s the house that anyone who enters it is doomed to die at the hands of the Kayako Ghost (it followed someone home after a trip to Japan which I guess is meant to tie this into the previous films). The jump scares were dumb, and the insistence of Nicholas Pesce to craft this narrative using a non-linear timeline only made matters worse. The lighting was just awful, and the set design was unappealing. Zack Galler’s cinematography failed to add any tension and seemed to pick up on predictable beats leading to these terrible payoffs.
While Cats was certainly the trainwreck to end all trainwrecks, at least, you had a sense of what the director was trying to accomplish on screen. The Grudge seems to have little purpose, and that should tell you everything about the film. With so many better options out right now, why would anyone want to subject themselves to this?