The movie stars Andrea Riseborough (Mandy), Lin Shaye (Insidious franchise), Demian Bichir (The Nun), John Cho (The Exorcist TV series), Betty Gilpin, William Sadler (The Mist), Jacki Weaver and Frankie Faison.
The Ghost House Pictures-Good Universe production is a reboot of the 2004 US pic (itself based on the 2002 Japanese original Ju-on). There has already been a dozen Ju-On/The Grudge feature films, two short films, a video game and a number of graphic novels.
Andrea Riseborough plays “a single mother who’s also a police detective” and there is “a house is cursed by a vengeful ghost that dooms those who enter it with a violent death.’ The timeline takes place during the events of The Grudge in 2004.
Comicbook.com viewed footage from The Grudge that was shown at the New York ComicCon (NYCC) and reported:
“The first footage is done much like IT: Chapter Two‘s first trailer, featuring a scene of Riseborough’s detective investigating the home of Shaye’s elderly lady character. The detective quickly discerns something is wrong, as Shaye is shown to be dishevelled and panicked, eventually revealing blackened, severed fingers on one hand, and the maggot-ridden corpse of her husband seated in a chair.
A montage of footage plays that shows the familiar iconography of the series, with a shower scene and ghost hands featuring John Cho, and the familiar sight of the horrible long-haired ghost girl rising up from watery depths. There’s also a lot of shots of real bloody injury and death being featured, hammering home that this an R-rated version of The Grudge that fans hoped for.”
Meanwhile, director Nicolas Pesce, producer Sam Raimi, plus stars Betty Gilpin and Lin Shaye comprised a Q&A panel at the same ComicCon event. Raimi was keen to assuage any fans’ doubt regarding the reboot: “The key is injecting new life through performers and a director of this calibre.”, he said. Lin Shaye added: “I never get to be this fucked up in a movie.”
The Grudge was originally due to be released on June 21, 2019. However, this was changed to January 3, 2020.
Previously, Lin Shaye plugged the film at the San Diego ComicCon, saying: “Wait until you see this. 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. I think it comes out next August, I’m very excited about it. The horror fans are going to go insane, that I can promise.” Shaye continued, “What will make it really different is Nicolas Pesce, who is the writer/director, who is extraordinary. I mean he’s a real visionary.”
Producer Sam Raimi has said: “We are so excited about this new adaptation. We went back to the original source material to deliver a relentless supernatural thrill ride that explores the horrors of American suburbia.”
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