It wants to be something new, but falls quickly apart. espcecally when it comes to the jumpscares, it feels forced in, and sometimes like they put it in, in post. If youre a fan of this series you will probably hate this movie.
0.5 of 5 stars
God awful. The top billed actors (John Cho/Betty Gilpin) featured in the trailers aren't even the main characters in the film. So much worse than the Grudge movies before it. Stay clear away from this one.
3 of 5 stars
I do like the different direction it took it in but story wasn't full enough
1 of 5 stars
This movie sucked ass...literally. Worst film from beginning to end.
2.5 of 5 stars
I wish it had been better
4 of 5 stars
I enjoyed this movie very much. The stories about the different families in the house was well done. I did miss the original scary grudge woman from the first and second movie.
0.5 of 5 stars
The film was not scary and was very predictable in places. The story line was good but could have been executed a lot better. Some people left the movie theatre.
1 of 5 stars
Director: Nicolas Pesce
Starring: Tara Westwood, Junko Bailey, David Lawrence brown, Zoe Fish, Andrea Riseborough, Demian Bischir, Lin Shay, Jon Cho etc
Overall rating 25/100
The grudge follows cases of mysterious murder suicides that have been happening due to a possible curse inside a house. Wow the grudge was just terrible. It started off promising but got slowly worse and worse and less and less scary. Let's talk about this more in detail
Starting off with a couple of positives the film did have some good building of tension and Jumpscares. The film did do a fairly decent job at building up tension throughout, it didn't always pay off but for the most part I was on the edge of my seat, so the film managed to make me feel tense. And the Jumpscares largely in the first half, were well executed and unexpected in places really catching you off guard. Sadly, this didn't stay consistent throughout as they became more predictable, but they worked for a decent amount of time.
However, my first two negative points would be that the film was incredibly repetitive, and it had massive tonal inconsistencies. Wow this film really was just pretty much the same scene repeated over and over again, it had no substance or depth to it whatsoever. All it was, was people investigating something or walking around a house and seeing a demon and that's it. And the film did not blend its tones of horror and drama very well all. It was trying to and also failing to have fairly emotional scenes with characters that you either didn't care about or you knew they would be killed off.
My next two negatives would be that the movie is generic, and its pacing and tone got duller as the film progressed. This movie didn't feel authentic or original. It just felt like a rehash of loads of other horror movies, they didn't add anything new to the genre at all therefore making me switch off about halfway through. And its pacing got slower and slower making me bored. The Jumpscares got more and more predictable so I got less scared as the film went on, and it was just so ridiculous in places I laughed when I shouldn't have done further adding to the tonal issues.
My next two positives would be the films interesting mise en scene and cinematography and its scary imagery. The film did do some interesting things with its visuals and set locations making for an excellent playground for a horror film to take place in. And its colour palette was creative as well to establish some form of emotion. And I have to admit the creature designs and imagery were very frightening and disturbing in places. The actual grudge creatures were terrifying with black liquid pouring out of there eyes and mouth it did get under your skin in places.
My next two negatives would be the films one dimensional characters and how you couldn't connect with any of them. All the characters either had no depth or development to them or had one function throughout the whole movie so you just couldn't connect with them. Another reason why you couldn't connect with them is because every single one of them gets killed off. It was so frustrating as they made you either like them or sympathise with them and then just kill them off like they were nothing it was incredibly annoying.
My final two positives would be that there were some good performances and attempts at character development. The performances from Lin Shaye was very disturbing and believable, and also John Cho who came across as very charming and likeable whenever he was on screen which was a welcome change from some other characters. There were also some attempts at giving backstories to some characters which worked in the short term for the film sadly these didn't pay off or go any deeper but at least there was some form of attempt.
And my final negative which for me completely ruined the film was its terrible ending. The ending was one of the most disappointing and anticlimactic things I have ever seen with no payoff whatsoever. All they did was kill absolutely everyone off. Just when you thought they kept the mother and son alive for some form of decent ending she was also killed off. And we were then left with an awkward silence before the credits came on.
Overall the Grudge had some good qualities and started well. But slowly fell apart as the film progressed. Making it dull, lifeless and irrelevant easily the worst horror film I have seen.
0.5 of 5 stars
The scariest thing about this movie was the fact that I paid to see it. I'll be holding a Grudge against the makers....