Stands Alone in the Franchise
The Grudge movies are never just ghost movies. They have an aura, a signature, and a life of their own. Watching one of these for the first time is always a treat. This one is particularly gory. We’re talking blood, body horror, and decay. Lin Shaye, John Cho, Betty Gilpin, William Sadler; the casting department gave it all they had. Twenty minutes in, I knew I’d stumbled upon something good.
What a great looking film! The photography is neat. The script is brilliant. Technically a sidequel, The Grudge 2020 behaves like a reboot and a remake, rehashing precise plot elements we’ve seen before, and coming up with surprising twists and turns. It takes place in 2004, 2005, and 2006. It’s a little hard to follow, but it’s equally rewatchable.
For good and bad reasons, this is not the film I imagined. It steers away from its classic path. The two vengeful spirits we’re used to aren’t at the forefront. In fact, their absence is anomalous. Those who come into this film without expectations and first-timers will have a better experience. It contains genuinely creepy moments throughout, but it’s probably not the remake you had in mind.