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Review: The Grudge 2 [Oct. 13th, 2006|12:46 am]
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It's me again folks with another fun review. Saw "The Grudge 2" tonight courtesy of some free pre-screening movie passes provided by anomiedysthymia. The Grudge 2 starts off where the last one ended. Karen is in the hospital recovering from the fire and events that transpired in the first movie. Her sister, Aubrey, is sent by their sickly mother to Tokyo to bring her back home and find out what in the hell is going on over there. Meanwhile 3 school girls decide to enter the house on a lark. Naturally the entity, Kayako, shows itself to the school girls who flee the home. Once in Tokyo Aubrey hooks up with Eason, a reporter who has been investigating the house since the murders occurred some time ago. They go to the hospital to visit Karen who is thrown off of the roof by Kayako as they leave the building. Aubrey decides to help Eason and investigate what drove her sister to madness. Meanwhile, back in America, some other family is starting to fall apart and the young boy in the household notices a lot of strange stuff happening in the apartment next door. This is confusing because it appears that two movies with the same storyline are spliced into one picture.

Kayako continues to haunt the school girls, Aubrey, and Eason. Two of the school girls are offed by Kayako eventually and Aubrey decides to enter the house against her sister's wishes with a little help from the creepy little boy. They find a journal where Eason discovers that Kayako's Mom was an exorcist and would take demons out of sick people and put them in her daughter. So they decide to track down Kayako's Mother who resides in a small village in the middle of nowhere. Eason doesn't make it. More events transpire in America back at the apartment building that seem unrelated. After Aubrey's confrontation with Kayako's mother, who croaks naturally, she decides to go back to the house and confront the entity once and for all. Not to spoil any of the ending but we find out at the climax what the American apartment building has to do with this story and it's really quite lame.

This movie REALLY drags and some of the supposed scary parts are actually quite laughable. This is not my opinion. The entire audience felt the same way. In fact, at the end of the movie the audience soundly booed the picture. Judging from their reaction they felt that this was a total dud of a sequel as well. There are no new twists or turns and not much else is revealed about Kayako's backgroung that we find interesting or even anything that can be used to stop her rampage.

Basically, The Grudge 2 fails at being a viable sequel. While not as bad as the Ring sequel was this movie is a waste of 95 minutes. If you MUST see this sequel please wait for it to come on DVD, which will no doubt be soon, instead forking over $10 of your hard earned cash.

1 Skull out of 5

[User Picture]From: anomiedysthymia
2006-10-13 05:48 am (UTC)
Definitely agree it was quite bad. Lots of laughing during the movie, and lots of booing afterwards.

The Ring Two was far worse, though the short straight to DVD Rings which served to bridge The Ring and The Ring Two was decent. As with that, The Grudge 2 has a series of three shorts which were released before it, though I didn't know about them until now. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Grudge_2 for more info and links.

Incredibly, there are a number of 10/10 reviews on IMDb as well as laudatory comments on the IMDb message board for it! Some of them may be shills, but maybe some people really liked it (I would guess them to be in the three to thirteen age range).
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[User Picture]From: devilpaul
2006-10-13 05:58 am (UTC)
I already posted my review and rating up on IMDB. Hopefully mine won't get lost in all of the shills bullshit.
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