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The Grudge (January 2020)

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Jeff Buhler To Pen THE GRUDGE Reboot

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Columbia Pictures released THE GRUDGE, a low-budget horror-remake of the 2002 Japanese film JU-ON: THE GRUDGE. Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jason Behr, KaDee Strickland, Clea DuVall and Bill Pullman, the Takashi Shimizu-directed feature (which was produced by Sam Raimi) grossed $187.2M worldwide on a $10M budget and that opened the floodgates to two more sequels — the last one of those went straight-to-DVD.

It was announced that Ghost House Pictures and Good Universe will relaunch the franchise Jeff Buhler (MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN) set to write the script. The new one will be produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Taka Ichise, with Roy Lee, Doug Davison, Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane executive producing. The two aforementioned sequels 2006′s THE GRUDGE 2 and 2009′s THE GRUDGE 3 starred Amber Tamblyn and Shawnee Smith in the lead roles respectively. Gellar did make a brief cameo in part 2.

The series focuses on those affected by a curse of a deceased family’s violent rage that destroys the lives of everyone who comes in contact with it. Known as “the grudge”, this curse causes its victims to become fatally afflicted with it, which in turn leads to a new curse being born and passed like a virus to all those who come into contact with the curse in any way. As for Buhler, he is currently working on the script for the upcoming JACOB’S LADDER remake.

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    edited October 2019


    A TWISTED “GRUDGE” TAKES HOLD IN HORROR FILM’S NEW TRAILER 

     

    Producer Sam Raimi brings us a twisted new take of the horror classic.  Watch the brand new trailer for the hardcore, new vision of The Grudge.


    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. 

    In Philippine cinemas soon, The Grudge is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.  Use the hashtag #TheGrudge

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    HORROR THRILLERS “THE GRUDGE,” SCARE WITH NEW POSTERS 








    About The Grudge

    Producer Sam Raimi brings us a twisted new take of the horror classic -- the hardcore, new vision of The Grudge.

    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. Use the hashtag #TheGrudge

      

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    “EVIL DEAD” CREATOR SAM RAIMI REVIVES
     “THE GRUDGE” FOR TODAY’S AUDIENCES
     
    Fifteen years have passed since one of Hollywood’s most successful producer/directors, Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, Drag Me to Hell), first introduced worldwide audiences to The Grudge. Now, the creator of the Evil Dead series is excited to return to world of The Grudge in an R-rated version.



    “When we made the original in 2004,” Raimi says, “horror was still on the outside, and it was still for the cult audience.  But it has now moved into the mainstream.”  

    Directed by Nicolas Pesce, the new film 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 2004 American film was based on the Japanese horror movie Ju-on directed by Takashi Shimizu, which captured (and terrified) horror audiences in Japan. The movie was so popular in Japan that, a year later, it not only generated a sequel, but interest from Raimi in having Shimizu bring it to American audiences.  

    The Grudge presupposes that when someone dies in the grip of a powerful rage, a curse is born. The curse gathers in the place of death, and those who encounter it will be consumed by its fury.

    Raimi says that the time is right to return to the franchise – especially since he says that audiences have approached him often over the years asking for R-rated Grudge thrills. “But we didn’t think we could do one until we had the right voice to tell the story,” he adds.

    That voice belongs to Nicolas Pesce (pronounced “Pesh”) who was in middle school when he first saw the 2004 Grudge film.  “At that age, I was a big scaredy cat.  Horror movies freaked me out,” he admits, having been raised on more classic black and white horror.  But upon entering film school, he realized it was horror films that wound him up, not the art films shown in the classroom.  “The fact that a movie can, days later, make you afraid to go to bed is awesome,” he states.  

    Pesce set the new film in 2004, picking up the timeline from the first American-made film, and doing something he would do throughout the project: pay homage to the previous Grudge movies.  “In the 2004 film, Yoko is seen taking over for someone, who is never named,” he explains.  “We thought it would be fun if she was taking over for Fiona Landers,” who would then return to the U.S., now infected with the curse.  

    One very important aspect of Pesce’s storytelling, which he brought along from Shimizu’s original, is his play with time.  Though the film begins with the police’s discovery of a decaying corpse, the story cuts between the current time and the bits and pieces of the other stories. “You’re given vignettes that you don’t fully understand how they connect, truncated stories that, at first, feel divorced from each other, until you get through the whole movie,” the director explains.  “It’s sort of a puzzle movie.  It’s always about figuring out how these things go together – learning hints from other people’s stories that might give you insight into another storyline.”

    In Philippine cinemas January 15, The Grudge is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.  Use the hashtag #TheGrudge

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    John Cho, Betty Gilpin Play a Couple Who Must Reverse "The Grudge"








    John Cho (Searching, Star Trek films) and Betty Gilpin (Netfix’s GLOW, Masters of Sex) star as husband and wife who encounter a terrifying curse in Columbia Pictures’ new horror thriller The Grudge (in Philippine cinemas January 15).


    The Grudge presupposes that when someone dies in the grip of a powerful rage, a curse is born. The curse gathers in the place of death, and those who encounter it will be consumed by its fury. In the film, that place of death is the Reyburn house.

    The first person to enter the Reyburn house after the previous murders there (and the establishment of the curse) is Peter Spencer (Cho).  Peter and his wife, Nina (Gilpin), have a local real estate business together.  Both in their early 40s, they put off becoming parents, and now that Nina has found herself pregnant, they must face the prospect of parenthood.

    Cho, often known for comedic roles, was immediately taken with the script and the story.  “These sorts of adult situations, kind of real life horrors, are absent in cinema right now,” he informs.  “This felt like an adult role.  And the rest of the cast are grownups.  It felt like, with the help of the genre, we were telling a story that just is not being told in movies today.  It felt fresh, it felt grounded, and I thought it was a subversive way to do it.  And I just thought that was cool.”

    Gilpin’s character, Nina, is “a really challenging role,” says producer Schuyler Weiss, “because she is a woman wrestling with a very difficult, real world decision, about trying to have a child and all the stress and anxiety that goes with that, and not being on the same page as her spouse.  And she is ultimately the victim of the Grudge, through her husband. But Betty was able to make this character so much more than just a victim in the story.  You’re really drawn into her drama.  She makes Nina a three-dimensional character, which makes it much more powerful when the Spencer family tragedy happens.”

    Cho agrees.  “She makes very truthful, unusual choices, and I just believe her as someone who’s struggling with motherhood.  And it’s tough to play, but she does it well, her intense, competing desires of wanting to be a mother and not wanting to be a mother. I see the pain in her, as she’s struggling with the guilt.  She’s just great.”





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    “THE GRUDGE’S” HAUNTING CHARACTERS 

    DRAW ACCLAIMED ACTORS  

     

    Columbia Pictures’ new horror thriller The Grudge (in Philippine cinemas January 15) boasts of such great actors as Demian Bichir (The Nun) and Andrea Riseborough (Birdman) to support the terrifying story.  


    Based on the Japanese film “Ju-On: The Grudge” written & directed by Takashi Shimizu, The Grudge presupposes that when someone dies in the grip of a powerful rage, a curse is born. The curse gathers in the place of death, and those who encounter it will be consumed by its fury.  

    Notes producer Schuyler Weiss, “So much of what writer-director Nicholas Pesce has written on the page in this script, these really richly drawn characters, constantly dealing with both real world problems and battling the Grudge, has attracted phenomenal acting talent.  The craft they bring to these characters makes them feel so lived in.  And then what we do to them with the Grudge is so much more impactful.”

    Playing Det. Muldoon is British actress Andrea Riseborough.  “It’s through her eyes that we first experience this new Grudge,” says producer Sam Raimi, “and then follow her through the course of the film,” as she investigates the murders.

    She pursues the mystery of The Grudge with a great intensity. “It becomes an obsessive drive.  It really became about going down the rabbit hole with her,” something the Grudge took full advantage of,” Pesce explains.

    Meanwhile, Demian Bichir describes his character Detective Goodman as “a very lonely person – more so since his mother passed a few years ago.”  He’s a guy who wants more in his life, but has sort of accepted where he is, Pesce notes of the character.  “He’s this chain-smoking, rumbling, gruff-voiced guy, but he does have a  heart, and really does care about people.  That gruff exterior is more a coping mechanism for what is essentially a kind of a depression he’s been in.”

    Goodman’s relationship with his new partner Muldoon is a reluctant one, due to his previous partner relationship, but Muldoon forces him into it.  “We knew we didn’t want it to be like every male-female partner, where they have to fall in love,” Pesce notes.  “They’re not romantic at all.  Goodman actually, I think, gets very small doses of the feel of fatherhood that he always wanted.”

    But he is wary of his new partner’s fascination with a case he wishes she’d stay away from, though the discovery of a dead body forces him to have to deal with it.  “Muldoon latches onto it and wants to see the investigation through,” Weiss explains.  “At first, she can’t understand why Goodman won’t go near the house, but after she goes to visit a crucial witness, she sees where it all leads.  But by then, it’s too late for her – she’s in it too deep.”

    The Grudge is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.  

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    THE GHOSTS IN “THE GRUDGE” MANIFEST IN DIFFERENT CREEPY WAYS   

     

    The ghosts in Columbia Pictures’ new horror thriller The Grudge (in Philippine cinemas January 15) are rooted in the murders in the doomed Reyburn house of the Landers family, instigated by the mother, who brought the Grudge back with her from Japan.  Different individuals who enter the house and become affected by the curse themselves tend to have interactions with different Landers ghosts – and there’s a reason why.

    Based on the Japanese film “Ju-On: The Grudge” written & directed by Takashi Shimizu, The Grudge presupposes that when someone dies in the grip of a powerful rage, a curse is born. The curse gathers in the place of death, and those who encounter it will be consumed by its fury.  

    “The Grudge is a curse that manifests itself in different ways, depending on who it’s manifesting itself to,” director-writer Nicholas Pesce explains.  For example, Detective Muldoon (Andrea Riseborough) is dealing with the grief of losing her husband – so the ghost that primarily appears to her is that of Fiona’s dead husband, Sam.  “And Peter (John Cho), he’s all about being a parent, and the child ghost is the one that appears to him.”

    The ghosts deliver something else that Grudge fans know and love from the previous films – their “croak” or death rattle.  The croak in the Japanese films comes from the sounds that Kayako makes when she dies, one which, Pesce notes, was made by filmmaker Shimizu himself.  “Even long before he made the Grudge movies, he used to creep up behind his sister while she was doing her homework and do that sound behind her head!  And it would make her lose it.”

    Here, Pesce also wanted the ghosts to croak, based on how they die.  “But always knowing that it should be in the same world as the classic croak (which the director actually borrowed from the original film for a brief moment in the opening, when Kayako appears behind Fiona while she’s still in Japan).  “Sam’s is like a traditional Grudge croak – he fell down the stairs and his neck is twisted.  It’s a little bit more gurgly, because of the blood that’s pooling in his mouth.  Fiona had stabbed herself in the neck, so hers is a throaty groan, but a little wheezy, because her vocal chords and her throat are punctured.  And Melinda is more like a little girl shriek.  So we mixed that with the sound of screams underwater.  Because a child screaming is terrifying.”

    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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    LIN SHAYE GETS INSIDIOUS IN THE RE-IMAGINING OF “THE GRUDGE”    

     

    In 2010, Lin Shaye found herself in the blockbuster hit Insidious directed by James Wan, which led to Insidious Chapter 2Insidious: Chapter 3, and the blockbuster hit Insidious: The Last Key, in which she had become according to Wan, “the name of the franchise.” 

    Now, Shaye stars as Faith Matheson, a wife suffering from a terminal illness, in Columbia Pictures’ new horror thriller The Grudge (in Philippine cinemas January 15).


    Based on the Japanese film “Ju-On: The Grudge” written & directed by Takashi Shimizu, The Grudge presupposes that when someone dies in the grip of a powerful rage, a curse is born. The curse gathers in the place of death, and those who encounter it will be consumed by its fury.  

    The Grudge unravels in multiple story lines, and for one of its plots, director-writer Nicholas Pesce wanted something unique not seen in past Grudge movies, nor common in the haunted house genre in general.  While the typical haunted house story involves people who find themselves in such a venue, trying desperately to get out, Pesce created the opposite.  

    “Here, you have an elderly couple who are willingly living in a house they know is haunted, for sweet, heartfelt reasons,” he explains.  William Matheson (Frankie Faison) knows his wife, Faith’s, time is coming, and after 50 years of a truly loving relationship, he moves them to a place they know spirits are likely thriving, hoping that, when Faith has passed, she will return regularly to continue being with her husband.  “So often, you have people who are desperately afraid of the haunted house and trying, with all their might, to get out. But what if you have characters who want to be there?”

    Faith is played by Shaye who is much beloved in the horror genre, for her work in the Insidious franchise, HBO’s Tales From the Crypt, and even fun roles like that of Magda in There’s Something About Mary.  

    “I love character, and I love story,” the actress informs.  “I just love all storytelling.  And, to be honest, this is the scariest script I’ve ever read.  Every time I read the script, I found myself breathing very shallowly.  It really does grab you.  Nick is a really gifted writer – his descriptions of the experiences that we’re about to enter as characters, and of the interior of the characters, are so vivid and so powerful.  It gives the actor a tremendous amount to work off of.  It totally enriched my feeling of who this character was, who she has become, and what is about to occur because of the Grudge.”

    The story, she notes, is about rage.  “This has a really powerful idea that rage destroys people, and destroys them forever.  It’s amplified, of course, in the story, and in a filmic way.  But I love the idea that rage is such a negative experience that changes people’s lives forever.”

    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.

    The Grudge is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.  Connect with the hashtag #TheGrudge

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