Ju-On Origins Trailer

The horrors of The Grudge, aka the Ju-On franchise, get a new lease on life (or should we say death, ahhhh!!!) via Netflix. Ju-On: Origins is a new series that once again takes viewers to the cursed house that has figured so prominently into the film series. The house even made a cameo appearance in the recent The Grudge reboot/sequel that pretty much no one bothered to see. Watch the Ju-On: Origins trailer below.

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New Blu-ray Releases Rise of Skywalker

Welcome to another week in quarantine! As we continue to find ourselves sequestered in our domiciles, there’s never been a better time to block out the horrors of the real world and kick back with some movies. And while streaming is great – and convenient – you just can’t beat the quality of physical media, folks. So, without further adieu, these are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week.

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weekend box office the grudge

Here we are, in the dead days of January. It’s the time of year where studios dump movies they’re not entirely confident about. That doesn’t mean the movies are bad, per se. But it doesn’t they’re good, either. The biggest new release last weekend was the horror reboot The Grudge, which didn’t draw much of a crowd. The low-budget of the film – reportedly around $10 million – ensures that the fright flick will break even, but it still had the lowest opening weekend of any film in the franchise to date.

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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 clip

When you’ve got Lin Shaye in a horror movie, you know you’re in for some thrills. The horror stalwart has become an unusual new scream queen in recent years, with roles in the Insidious movies and Oujia. Now she’s lending her genre star power to The Grudge, a remake directed by The Eyes of My Mother filmmaker Nicolas Pesce. As the film hits theaters this weekend, Sony Pictures has released a new The Grudge clip showing Shaye playing a rather creepy game of peekaboo. Watch The Grudge clip below.

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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

The Grudge is taking its hard “R” rating seriously. Sony has released a gnarly red band trailer for its reboot of The Grudge, which is directed by The Eyes of My Mother filmmaker Nicolas Pesce and stars an impressive cast including Andrea RiseboroughJohn Cho, and Betty Gilpin. But the star of this new red band trailer is none other than horror genre stalwart Lin Shaye, who has become a new-age scream queen in the past decade. Shaye, and of course, Cho’s naked torso, get quite a bit of screen time in the nightmarishly violent new red band trailer. Watch The Grudge trailer below.

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the grudge featurette

What can we expect from the new The Grudge? According to producer Sam Raimi, a “much more intense experience” than any Grudge film before. This new The Grudge featurette has a glimpse at some creepy scenes from the new movie, as well as the cast talking up how damn scary it all is. While it’s in their best interest to talk this project up, you have to admit that the footage on display here does indeed look creeptastic.

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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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‘The Grudge’ Reboot Poster Lets Its Hair Down

grudge reboot poster

We’re still waiting on The Grudge reboot trailer, but how about a poster? The new take on the tale of a haunted house that spreads a curse to all who dare set foot in it comes from director Nicolas Pesce and producer Sam Raimi, and is set to give us all the creeps in January. Rumor has it that a trailer will be dropping any day now, but if you’re itching for something, this poster – which features the trademark long black hair that’s become synonymous not just with The Grudge franchise but also J-horror in general. Check out The Grudge reboot poster below.

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