With the exception of Gore Verbinski’s still superbly moody and often visually stunning “The Ring” in 2002, U.S. remakes of Japanese horror movies have not been good.
That includes 2004’s “The Grudge” which sits at a pretty woeful 39% (5.11/10) on Rotten Tomatoes and not much better in overall audience score. Its sequel fared even worse with just 12% (3.47/10).
This weekend’s sole wide release was the reboot and both critics and audiences are in agreement – it stinks. The film sits on 16% (4.14/10) with critics, and just 18% (3.96/10) with audiences. Here’s a sample of quotes:
“Things keep devolving into a sort of “stock beats” catalog of J-scares that goes from déjà vu to dullness to deadening.” – David Fear, Rolling Stone
“Ultimately, I came away with questions, like: Don’t a LOT of murders happen in a furious rage, so shouldn’t there be little soggy ghosts wandering around all over the place? And: How did this many talented actors get involved in this mess?” – Sara Stewart, New York Post
“His Grudge is a trudge through muck, meandering plot, half-baked performances, and tired tropes that should’ve been retired by the end of the 2000s.” – Kristy Puchko, IGN Movies
“What’s really interesting about this version of The Grudge — not the film itself, which is really basic, jump-scary, not that funny, and pretty mean — is that it has a really terrific cast who are trying their best to make this a good movie.” – Amy Nicholson, FilmWeek
“Although it tries to revive the brand by including new ingredients and extra gore, The Grudge reboot is mostly a grosser rehash of what’s come before.” – Sandy Schaefer, ScreenRant
“By the time it’s over, the only grudge left holding any real power will be the one you bear against yourself for paying to watch this.” – Don Kaye, Den of Geek
“The Grudge” is now out in cinemas.