The new year cannot get any better for horror movie lovers as it kickstarts with ‘The Grudge‘ making its visit again. This time a lot more terrifying and grisly than we remember it.
There is no doubt that horror as a genre has the power to cross cultural boundaries. ‘The Grudge’ film series is the best case at point for this as it marked the wave of Japanese horror in American cinema with ‘Ju-On: The Grudge’, directed by Takashi Shimizu.
The grudge curse finally returns to kick-start the new decade, after over a decade since its last visit. Horror movie fans couldn’t be more excited to know what’s in store for them, especially because of the long list of horrors that are coming their way this year.
But Nicolas Pesce’s ‘The Grudge‘ marks the first horror film of the decade, and a highly anticipated one at that, owing to the series long history of petrifying us. The series was first introduced to us by Takashi Shimizu with his ‘Ju-On: The Curse’ in 2002 that was remade into an English language film, ‘The Grudge’, in 2004, bringing the wave of Japanese horror to American cinema.
The latest installment of the series, takes a step away from the previous ones, and introduces a new cast and crew. The film is directed by Nicolas Pesce, who has been critically acclaimed for both his previous horror endeavors, ‘The Eyes of My Mother’ and ‘Piercing’. It stars Andrea Riseborough, Demian Bichir, John Cho, Betty Gilpin, Lin Shaye and Jacki Weaver.
Pesce’s ‘The Grudge’ promises something new, something different, and a whole lot darker from what we’ve experienced earlier. The film serves as a purely American reimagination of the horror saga. It can be considered a reboot, but Pesce likes to describe it differently. The film definitely borrows a lot from the previous installments, but he stresses that they are “not rehashing the same story”.
The latest installment in the series introduced new cast and crew, with Nicolas Pesce directing the film. Pesce is known for his critically acclaimed horror endeavors, ‘The Eyes of My Mother’ and ‘Piercing’ and had left the fans with high-expectations with this latest project. According to Pesce.
Sam Raimi produced this fourth installment in The Grudge film series which focuses on a house cursed by a vengeful ghost that dooms all who enter it to a violent death.
‘The Grudge’ is not a reboot, but a sidequel as it runs parallel to the timeline of the 2004 version which was set in Japan. But this time, Pesce brings the curse to America. Unfortunately, the film only manages to do so and so for the franchise, and has so far been getting mixed to negative reviews.
The change in setting, and focusing on a parallel haunting in America, opens up endless possibilities for follow-up films as the story is no longer limited to the Saeki house or Kayako carrying the grudge curse. Nicolas Pesce has already confirmed that he has some ideas that he could explore in sequels or even prequels to ‘The Grudge’ that he believes will add to the canon, as the concept holds upteempth potential. Though nothing is confirmed yet, we can definitely hope to see much more of ‘The Grudge’ this new decade. Here’s everything we know.
So, whenever there is a follow-up to ‘The Grudge’, we can certainly expect it to explore the grudge curse unfolding across countries and even time periods. There is a possibility that it may even go back further into the past. This would make sense since the myth of onryo, which is the primary inspiration behind the stories of ‘The Grudge’, is a traditional Japanese belief that can be traced all the way back to the 8th century. Pesce did express his interest in wanting explore the grudge curse in an older time period, “I think that there’d be something cool in going way far back and doing something that’s less contemporary and seeing what shape this sort of thing has taken the form of in other forms and other places.” Does this mean we could get a prequel to ‘The Grudge’ in the future?
‘The Grudge’ stars Andrea Riseborough as Detective Muldoon, Demian Bichir as Detective Goodman, John Cho as Peter Spencer, Betty Gilpin as Nina Spencer, Jacki Weaver as Lorna Moody, and of course, the much loved scream queen, Lin Shaye as Faith Matheson. The performances in ‘The Grudge’ have been widely praised, despite what the audience and critics felt about the film at large. This is also due to the ensemble cast of the film, with Riseborough, Cho, Gilpin and Shaye shining in all scenes they are in.
But if there is either a prequel or sequel to the film, it would mostly introduce a new cast. This becomes a possibility keeping in mind how the past films in the franchise always had new characters interacting with the curse. But more importantly, it would only make sense to have new characters and actors if the follow-up film is set in a different setting and time period.
The Grudge 2 Crew: Who Can Be Behind It?
With how invested Nicolas Pesce is currently in the franchise and his ideas for the follow-up films, we can definitely expect Pesce to return as the creative force behind the film. This would also make sense given Pesce’s own experience in the genre. However, ‘The Grudge’ did not live up to the expectations despite Pesce’s ambitions. Thus, if the production decides to go ahead with a sequel, there is a possibility it brings in a new person to direct it, or at least for its screenplay.
The Grudge 2 Release Date: When Can It Premiere?
Since ‘The Grudge’ only just released this year, it is too soon to know when there will be another follow-up film in the franchise, or if there would even be one. But the production team is certainly interested in adding more chapters to ‘The Grudge’ anthology. If at all we do get a ‘The Grudge’ sequel, we should ideally only expect it around 2024 or later.