‘The Grudge’ Trailer Unleashes a Creepy Horror Reboot

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The first trailer has arrived for The Grudge, a new take on the horror franchise that began with 2002 Japanese film Ju-On: The Grudge and received its first US remake in 2004.

John Cho, Andrea Riseborough, Betty Gilpin, Demián Bechir, Lin Shaye, and Jacki Weaver are among the cast members in this new version, which follows a detective investigating a series of suspicious deaths all stemming from one house.

Sam Raimi is on board as producer here, returning to the franchise again after having produced the  aforementioned Sarah Michelle Gellar-starring remake. 2013’s Evil Dead is one of the films among Raimi’s producing credits, and this has a similar type of grimy aesthetic. It looks decidedly unsettling and much more nasty than I was expecting. In the US it’s received an R rating for “disturbing violence and bloody images, terror and some language,” so we can expect this one to be much harsher than the versions that have come before.

The Grudge, directed and written by Nicolas Pesce (Piercing, Eyes of My Mother), will be hitting US cinemas on January 3 and Australian cinemas on January 30.

Directed by Nicolas Pesce, THE GRUDGE stars Andrea Riseborough, Demián Bichir, John Cho, Betty Gilpin with Lin Shaye and Jacki Weaver. With a screenplay by Nicolas Pesce and a story by Nicolas Pesce and Jeff Buhler, THE GRUDGE is based on the film “Ju-On: The Grudge” written & directed by Takashi Shimizu. THE GRUDGE is produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Taka Ichise and is executive produced by Nathan Kahane, Erin Westerman, Brady Fujikawa, Andrew Pfeffer, Roy Lee, Doug Davison, John Powers Middleton and Schuyler Weiss.

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