The Grudge Featurette Goes Back to Its Japanese Origins

Sony Pictures has released the behind-the-scenes featurette for director Nicolas Pesce’s forthcoming horror reboot film The GrudgeThe video features interviews from some of the main cast and producer Sam Raimi, talking about the remake’s Japanese origins and how it will be more intense and terrifying than the original. Starring Insidious alum Lin Shaye and John Cho, you can check out the video in the player below!

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The Grudge will focus on a house cursed by a vengeful ghost that dooms those who enter it with a violent death. The film is a reboot of the 2004 film The Grudge, which is itself an American remake of the 2002 Japanese film Ju-On: The Grudge. It stars John Cho (Searching), Lin Shaye (Insidious film franchise), Demian Bichir (The Nun) and Andrea Riseborough (Waco). Filmmaker Sam Raimi, who produced the first two installments of the American versions of the horror trilogy, is producing alongside Rob Tapert for Ghost House. The movie was co-written by Pesce and Jeff Buhler.

The Japanese Ju-On franchise is currently at nine feature films including a “versus” movie with The Ring. The original 2004 American version of The Grudge starred Sarah Michelle Gellar as an exchange student who moves to Tokyo and finds herself tormented by spirits of the dead. Gellar returned for a 2006 sequel, but not for the third film, which went direct to home video.

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Nathan Kahane and Erin Westerman are executive producing for Good Universe alongside Schuyler Weiss, Roy Lee, and Doug Davison. Romel Adam is overseeing the movie for Ghost House and Brady Fujikawa is overseeing for Good Universe.

The Grudge is set for release on January 3, 2020.


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