The Grudge 2is a spooky installment in Takashi Shimizu's hardworkingJu-on/Grudgeseries of horror pictures. It doesn't carry the disorienting thrill of the very first JapaneseJu-onfeatures, but it's a lot creepier than anybody could have expected. The story picks up from the end of the first Hollywood version ofThe Grudge, and has nothing to do withJu-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
Let Down I really liked the first Grudge picture, so I was looking forward to the sequel. Sadly, this is just not worth seeing. The story follows 3 sets of characters(4 if you count Sarah Michelle Gellar who is killed off early), non of which are that likeable or interesting. The multiple storylines serve only to confuse and undermine the story. A lot of the great story from the first film is tossed away as needed for this movie. The scares just aren't there this time around. Having the spirits out in the day really didn't help things to stay creepy. The ending is a downer. With this, I hope they don't make another.
Fans Might Carry a Grudge Against this Sequel... While I admire the first film's attempt to bring Japanese horror stories to mainstream America, this convoluted sequel was nothing short of confusing and unsatisfying.
Quick Synopsis: After her sister Karen (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is hospitalized in Tokyo after attempting to burn down a house she believed was cursed, Aubrey (Amber Tamblyn) makes the journey to Japan to try to find out what happened and bring her sister home. Aubrey's tale turns tragic shortly after her arrival, and she frantically tries to discover the secret to stopping the evil grudge.
The film is intercut between sequences of Aubrey in Tokyo, and a family in Chicago who are also stalked by the deadly grudge, and who seemingly have nothing to do with the events taking place in Japan (they sort of try to explain things at the very end of the film...but not enough. The audience is still left scratching their heads and saying "..huh?")
Confusing is the word for this film. The plot makes very little sense, and the parts of it they do attempt to explain are done very poorly and the viewer is left with way more questions than answers. In general the pace of the film was very slow, and I found myself growing bored at times. It has a few good special effects, but the scare tactics are predictable, and the movie pretty much repeats the same ones over and over. The ending is meant to give some sense of understanding as to the origins of the grudge (aside from the basics we learn from the first movie), and at the very least it explains why the japanese woman/little boy make those weird noises right before they kill someone. Unfortunately, thats about it, and I have a feeling most people will be supremely disappointed in this sequel.
The editing is sloppy, and there's an entire storyline that follows a small pack of school girls who entered the house on a dare and ended up becoming victims of the grudge. These girls were obviously meant to be used as expendable people that could be killed off for entertainment while Amber Tamblyn's character followed her quest for the truth.
Bottom line, it was a disappointing and *confusing* film (the ending was kind of awful too), and it grossly under-used Sarah Michelle Gellar. I'm not sure her presence could have saved this terrible script, but it might have made it a little more tolerable.Better Than People Say The Grudge 2 is the sequel to the 2004 remake of the Ju-On series. The film itself is actually divided into subplots.
The first part revolves around Karen's sister, Aubrey Davis, who comes to Japan to pick up her sister, who is currently in a hospital. We also learn about Kayako's origins and the true power of the curse.
Another part is about three schoolgirls. It is inspired by the schoolgirls of the Ju-On movie, but their relationships with each other differ. Anyway, after entering the cursed house, these girls find that Kayako and Toshio are following them wherever they happen to go.
The other part involves a family in Chicago who is just moving in to an apartment. This may sound very out of place, but it ties in with the curse. Strange occurences are happening in the building, and there seems to be no logical cause.
This film has received numerous criticisms, yet I believe it is better than the first movie. It is interseting to see the connections between all of the stories, and there are a few surprisng plot twists. Obviously if you're not a fan of the genre, which is mainly Japanese horror, I would not see it, but if you enjoyed the first and would like to see a satisfying sequel, watch this movie.