Grudge, The (2004, USA/JAP/GER) C-92m. ** D: Takashi Shimizu. Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jason Behr, William Mapother, Clea DuVall, KaDee Strickland, Grace Zabriskie, Bill Pullman, Rosa Blasi, Ted Raimi, Ryo Ishibashi. Remake of the director's own JU-ON: THE GRUDGE (2003) maintains the setting of Tokyo and places American Gellar in danger as she is called to a household upon which there rests a curse. Can she figure out the mystery? Not as convincing as the original, but still quite creepy and unsettling. Coproduced by Sam Raimi. Followed by a sequel in 2006.

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