I also went and saw THE GRUDGE with Sarah this afternoon. Now I love the original Japanese version - indeed I think it's the best horror film to out of Japan since The Ring and it certainly rates in my Top Ten Japanese Films of all time. I felt reasonably confident about this new English language version starring Sarah Michelle Geller. The Director was the same guy who directed the original (a first for Hollywood) and some of the actors were reemployed for this English language edition.
So what did I think?
Well, to be honest, I was disappointed. Now this may be because I've seen (and love) the original. I'd like to hear other peoples opinion of the film who have never seen the Japanese version. On the plus side they added 'a reason' behind The Grudge in question on a much more negative side they dumb-downed the film in many places and the end of the film is very different. Indeed they cut off a good third of the events from the end of the original - which kinda sucked if you ask me. I do think plenty of people enjoyed it though - certainly I heard more screams from the audience during this film than any other I've seen at the cinema. I just wish the people that screamed didn't then laugh and talk about it for minutes afterwards before they fell into short silences before the next scream. That's what I get for going to a suburban cinema on a Saturday evening though. Serves me right! School Report: C+ (Some great special effects but they took away from the original more than they put in. Sadly, a disappointment).