THE GRUDGE (2020)

dir. Nicolas Pesce. A strange sequel/remake of the creepy and atmospheric Japanese horror film JU-ON: THE GRUDGE (2002). The central concept being, that gruesome murders in a house will conjure vengeful ghosts that curse anyone who enters that house. It’s a simple horror idea, that only really works when the film is able to sustain a spooky atmosphere, letting you enjoy the creepy detective story unravel. The 2020 story is told non-linearly, for apparently no reason at all, there are no surprises or revelations that come from this structure, and its only effect is to prevent any one character from being developed to a level where you may connect with them. The spooky riff on the original Japanese style is completely abandoned towards the end of film, which is disappointingly the least tense or spooky segment of the entire film. The dialogue is never good, and has some truly bad moments. The wonderful John Cho is completely wasted. Very disappointing.