I first saw The Grudge, and loved it. It properly creeped me out. Then I finally saw Ju-On, which I loved even more. Shimizu then went on to do The Grudge 2, which paled in comparison (however, the uncut version is much better than the theatrical release). I never bothered with the third.
Sony has released the first image from their upcoming reboot of “The Grudge” franchise opening June 21st next year. Nicolas Pesce helms the film which stars “Insidious” alum Lin Shaye who earlier this year said: “It’s the scariest movie I’ve ever been a part of, not even maybe. Not even maybe. And it’s the scariest part I’ve ever had, bar none.”
A U.S. reboot of the supernatural psychological horror franchise that began with the Japanese “Ju-On” films, became the hit “The Grudge” U.S. remake, spawned two further sequels, and is now being reimagined here in essentially a second remake. Once again Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert, and Takashige Ichise will produce but “The Eyes of My Mother” writer/director Nicolas Pesce is helming this time out from a script co-written with Jeff Buhler (“Midnight Meat Train”) and it’s expected to bring a much darker, more sinister and grittier sensibility to the story. Andrea Riseborough, Demián Bichir, John Cho, Lin Shaye, Jacki Weaver, Betty Gilpin and William Sadler co-star in the film which is set for a Summer release.