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They're redoing The Grudge again, this time with an American setting

Andrew Riseborough
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The J-horror craze that swept the United States after the release of The Ring faded fairly quickly, but not before bringing us The Grudge, a remake of Japanese horror movie Ju-on: The Grudge. The American remake was produced by Sam Raimi and starred Sarah Michelle Gellar, and it’s probably best remembered for featuring ghosts that make weird clicking noises and screech like cats. The movie got a few sequels, ending with The Grudge 3 in 2009, before the series faded away much like when a ghost’s house is burned down.

Of course, movie ghosts never really go away, so now The Grudge is back and it’s just as resentful as ever. According to Variety, Nicolas Pesce is set to write and direct a reboot of the first movie, with Demian Bichir and Andrea Riseborough set to star. Raimi is still producing, and in a statement he says that this new movie “explores the horrors of American suburbia.” That means it’ll be dropping the Japanese setting of the original movie—and of Ju-on—for something a bit more familiar to U.S. teens.


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