the grudge review

The soggy scares of The Grudge are reborn yet again, this time in the hands of Nicolas Pesce, director of the horrifying The Eyes of My Mother. Pesce has a real knack for nasty nightmarish imagery, so handing him this franchise isn’t the worst idea in the world. At least on paper. Unfortunately, even though the filmmaker is working with a strong cast while conjuring up some haunting imagery, this Grudge fails to justify itself.

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the grudge trailer

(Welcome to The Streamer’s Guide, a new monthly feature recommending at-home viewing options from filmmakers with new movies arriving in theaters this month.)

You may recognize this column name from its appearances surrounding the Sundance, Toronto and New York film festivals over the last two years. Festivals provide an important opportunity to assess filmmakers releasing new works and contextualizing them within their previous projects. They’re often useful for cinephiles and writers looking for growth or an auteurist stamp.

But … why limit it to just festivals? Each month offers a fresh crop of new releases, many of which are culminations or further explorations of elements from those creative teams’ prior work. So we’ve now expanded this feature to encompass each month’s new releases, and believe it or not, there are even things to look at in the barren terrain of January – Hollywood’s traditional graveyard for ominous-looking releases.

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the grudge trailer

According to the tagline of the 2004 remake of The Grudge, “It never forgives. It never forgets.” And it apparently never goes away for very long, because there’s a new Grudge headed our way. But this latest incarnation boasts some serious talent. Nicolas Pesce, director of the stupendously creepy The Eyes of My Mother, is at the helm, and he’s assembled a cast that includes Andrea Riseborough, John Cho, and Betty Gilpin. The trailer for Pesce’s reboot just dropped, and you might like what you see. Watch The Grudge trailer below.

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Nicolas Pesce interview

Piercing doesn’t ever pull a punch. The title of writer-director Nicolas Pesce‘s adaptation of Ryû Murakami‘s novel of the same name couldn’t be more fitting. From its earliest images, audience members will know if this movie, which features visceral body horror, S&M, and cruel and ridiculous laughs, speaks to them.

Pesce, who previously directed The Eyes of My Mother and will follow this up with a remake of The Grudge, again establishes himself as a bold director with Piercing. “Pesce delivers a carefully crafted sophomore feature that explores the dangerous limits taken to rectify trauma and fulfill various desires,” Marisa Mirabal wrote in her review for the site. “A sick and stylish love letter to Giallo films of the ‘70s, Piercing is cinematic kink at its finest.”

It’s a love letter to Giallo and more, as Pesce recently told us in conversation about his influences, references, and taste in movies.

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grudge reboot director

The Grudge reboot recently got bumped to next year, so we’re going to have to wait a while to see it. But when we finally lay eyes on this thing, it’s going to be much different than any Grudge film that came before. According to Grudge reboot director Nicolas Pesce, the new film is more like a police thriller akin to Seven rather than your standard ghost story.

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piercing trailer

After earning critical acclaim for his directorial debut, the twisted serial killer movie The Eyes of My Mother, filmmaker Nicolas Pesce is back for another brutal thriller starring Mia Wasikowska and Christopher AbbotPiercing is a psychosexual drama about a seemingly normal businessman (Abbot) who is revealed to have a penchant for killing prostitutes. But Wasikowska’s coy call girl soon turns the tables on him in a surreal, graphic thriller. The new Piercing trailer comes accompanied by the red band version, both of which you can see below.

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Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we get secluded on an island with Gerard Butler, try to get away with murder, watch as Ferris Beuller becomes a mensch, see what a paycheck looks like, and try to survive Hannibal Lecter. Read More »

grudge reboot release date

Sony has enough confidence in their The Grudge reboot that they’ve decided to move the release date up several weeks. The Nicolas Pesce directed horror show will now arrive in theaters in June of 2019, instead of August. The reboot stars Andrea Riseborough, Demián Bichir, John Cho, Lin Shaye and Jacki Weaver, and takes the story into the heart of American suburbia. More on the new Grudge reboot release date below.

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Grudge remake

The upcoming The Grudge remake may be in a bit of trouble. Taka lchise, producer of the original Japanese Grudge (Ju-on) franchise, has filed a breach of contract lawsuit, claiming that he was not offered a producer credit on the new movie. The Grudge remake is already filming, but this new development might curse it to an uncertain future.

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John Cho the Grudge Reboot

The Grudge reboot cast has a new addition: John Cho. The Star Trek actor will star alongside Andrea Riseborough and Demian Bichir in a new take on horror franchise about a curse surrounding a haunted house.

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