We rented The Grudge yesterday. What a waste of time.
The movie is apparently a remake of a Japanese movie called Ju-on: The Grudge. Once we finished the movie, I watched some of the extras so that I could maybe get a clue as to what the hell they were thinking when they put this thing together.
Apparently Sam Raimi had seen this movie and thought it would be cool to have the original director come over and direct an Americanized version of the film starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. While his intent was admirable, what we wind up with is this completely random, unscary, movie in which flashbacks seize you like an epileptic fit and you cannot figure out where you are until your not there anymore.
There was nothing scary about the movie, because you could not figure out where you were long enough to get invested in the scene. From the documentary, the film basically assumes you know the concepts that the film is built around so they do not really explain it, aside from one scene where the main cop character blazes through some dialog that explains that when people die they stick around for some reason.
From what I have read and viewed in the documentary, there is supposed to be some deep meaning to all of this to make this movie something worth watching. I must be really shallow, because I don’t get it.
It’s just a really bad haunted house movie. As a matter of fact, this is the first movie we rented from Hollywood Video where I want my dollar credit for bringing it back early!