Aubrey phones her own mother to tell her that Karen is dead. It's possible that, given the nearly unlimited possibilities with the curse itself, it could continue with different people associated, since the most recent installment was panned. The house in the opening scene also looks a lot like the one in the 2004 movie, and the film's end credits confirm that the ghost Fiona sees in the garbage bag is indeed Kayako, the antagonist of the first three Grudge movies. The film was shot entirely in Japan, with Tamblyn performing re-shoots in Chicago, Illinois. The house is (presumably) destroyed, but as the final scene shows, it doesn't do much. The new Grudge reboot from director Nicolas Pesce is no different. Because of this, The Grudge 2 was green-lit only three days after The Grudge's release and premiered two years later, in 2006. Filled with apprehension because he knows that something bad is happening in the apartment building, Jake gets a flashlight and goes looking for his dad and Trish. Despite having a phenomenal cast associated and producer Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead) onboard, audiences and critics alike are not thrilled with Pesce's vision, which involved some of the standard elements, but tied in a police procedural theme to the story as the murders were investigated by local authorities. The film was one of three films not shown to critics on the release date (the other two being The Marine and One Night with the King). "What I found most frustrating was that no one would utter the word 'lie'.". Both Faith and William see ghosts, but while William isn't too worried, Faith loses her mind. They make him hopeful. Best scene in story: I like when the girls are in the haunted house, acting silly, but when things turn frightful, they scream for their lives. However, this doesn't seem to be the case as The Grudge's opening day box office was only $1.8 million, and predictions for the 3-day weekend are about $9 million as additional screens are added for the weekend. In this entry, we look at the ending of The Grudge. Los Angeles' Swerve share their new single "Escape", which marries 1970s-inspired aesthetics with contemporary sensibilities. Their presence, though, shows that just as American J-horror remakes have become their own distinct kind of hybrid, Shimizu’s piecemeal narrative style, jumping around in time and space, may very well lend itself to a particular kind of short horror film. He enjoys studying psychology, the paranormal, and will watch literally any schlocky B-movie on the planet for a laugh. Edit, Like all of Kayako's victims, Aubrey became part of the grudge. The Kimbles move into an apartment block in Chicago. Right before she flicks her lighter, her son (whom she foolishly locked in the back seat of her car while she went Backdraft-ing) stumbles into the foyer quizzically. Muldoon doesn't know this, though, so she enters the house while investigating Lorna Moody's death. Like Thanos, there is no escaping The Grudge. Also, the 2020 version of The Grudge did have at least one survivor, so it's possible this character could make a return in future endeavors. They take Allison to an abandoned house, familiar to fans of the other Ju-On and Grudge films as the accursed Saeki residence, and the inescapable hauntings begin. The US Grudge films, both also directed by Takashi Shimizu, borrow some of their scenes, themes, and imagery from all four of the Japanese ones, though The Grudge 2 (US) follows, for the most part, a brand new storyline. Here is what we discover about Homo sapiens. In 2004, Fiona Landers returns home from Japan, where she worked as a caretaker in a cursed house. The series of shorts expands on the story of the Saeki curse. In 2006, Muldoon moves to town just a few months after losing her husband, forcing her to raise her son Burke alone. The Grudge 2 isn’t a remake of Ju-On: The Grudge 2, nor is Ju-On: The Grudge 2, as you might expect, the second Japanese Ju-On movie the way that The Grudge 2 is the second US Grudge movie. I don’t care that you girls aren’t speaking -- she’s your sister. User Reviews Eason explains to Aubrey early in the Karen/Aubrey thread that Karen tried to end the curse by burning the Saeki house down, but she only succeeded in changing something and making it worse. Eason also mentions that Karen’s attempt to burn down the Saeki house probably made the curse worse than it had been, which doesn’t make a single iota of sense, but explains why the curse will later hitchhike to Chicago. How is it that the Grudge can now spread outside the Saeki house in Tokyo? The go-to source for comic book and superhero movie fans. 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Lorna flees, but sees a vision of Sam Landers while driving and crashes her car. B.B. Allison then travels back to the U.S., taking the grudge with her. His original partner, Wilson, became obsessed with the house at 44 Reyburn Drive after investigating the Landers killings, and eventually shot himself (he survived, and is now institutionalized). The Grudge 2 is a continuation of The Grudge. He runs into the hooded person, revealed to be Allison, who explains the curse followed her. All rights reserved. It is estimated to have earned at least $15 million from home media sales since, bringing the film's total gross to $85 million.[20]. Jake's father Bill and stepmother Trish are influenced by the curse, Bill accusing his wife of having an affair and he bludgeons her with a frying pan. Naoko is killed during the process, and while the exorcism is successful, Naoko's murder sparks a whole new grudge, starting the process all over again. Then when Aubrey's laying … Oceans of Slumber thrive with their progressive doom, grind legends Napalm Death make an explosive return, and Anna von Hausswolff's ambient record are just some of September's highlights. She encounters Takeo's ghost, who reenacts the night he discovered his wife's disloyalty and snaps Aubrey's neck. Many forum sites such as IMDb were swamped with claims that Sony was playing an April Fool's joke.