The Grudge 4
To start this off I’m going to use a quote from the movie ‘ehhhhhhhhh’.
It has been announced that The Grudge 4 is in development. I have to admit that this is a surprise as The Grudge 3 didn’t even get a theatrical release. I love The Grudge, and I mean both versions. American or Japanese I don’t care you put it in front of me and I’ll watch it. Even though I’m a fan of the series I’m against this movie that is unless the original director returns. No offence to Toby Wilkins, he just doesn’t have a grasp on the series, not like Takashi Shimizu (who created the franchise and directed the Japanese versions plus the first two American ones).
The Grudge started as two short films 4444444444 and Katasumi (also known as In the Corner). Since then it has been developed into many films, both Japanese and American. To celebrate the 10th anniversary, of the series, two Japanese films were released simultaneously. These movies had no link to the original series, but followed other spirits and the people that get infected by their curses. I know I’ve gone a little off topic but the point I’m trying to make is why not make an American version of these stories why continue a story that’s already finished?
The point of The Grudge is that there are some things that cannot be stopped. Good doesn’t always win, love doesn’t conquer all, don’t pass go don’t collect two hundred pounds. Then comes The Grudge 3. Okay it’s not a solid victory but it’s closer than Buffy got.
I’m not going to act all righteous and start a revolution; I’m not going to boycott the film or anything like that. I’ll probably end up seeing it. There I say it happy now. Hopefully it will put the series back on track, re-introduce the, sometimes confusing, time loops, because they give depth and background to the story. There are millions of ways to recover from the third film, which did have its good points don’t get me wrong.
Neither Wilkins or Shimizu will be directing this addition of the franchise, instead Adam Green will taking the reins. Currently Green is working on another film that I’m interested in, called the Pizza Killer. It’s a horror comedy about a boy that gets a job at a pizzeria that turns out to be a monster hunting organisation, but I’ll talk about that another day.
The Grudge 4 won’t be released for at least a year or two. Unfortunately it may be 3D. On the bright Green is trying for a theatrical release.
Will this return The Grudge to its former glory? Should this movie even be made?
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