What can we expect from the new The Grudge? According to producer Sam Raimi, a “much more intense experience” than any Grudge film before. This new The Grudge featurette has a glimpse at some creepy scenes from the new movie, as well as the cast talking up how damn scary it all is. While it’s in their best interest to talk this project up, you have to admit that the footage on display here does indeed look creeptastic.
Is there any buzz for the new Grudge? I can’t tell, but I remain cautiously optimistic. While there wasn’t exactly a huge need for a Grudge reboot, the talent involved with this project is too good to ignore. The cast includes Andrea Riseborough, John Cho, Betty Gilpin, and more, and – most promising of all – comes from director Nicolas Pesce, the filmmaker responsible for the nightmarish The Eyes of My Mother.
Pesce only pops-up briefly in this featurette, while producer Sam Raimi who also produced the previous Grudge reboot gets to do most of the talking. Raimi promises a movie that both ties into the original Grudge while also opening the story up for all-new thrills and chills. It definitely looks as if we’re in for something new here and not a retread of the same old thing. That’s good! And after the box office stumbles of Men In Black: International and the recent Charlie’s Angels, Sony is in need of a hit. And horror continues to draw a crowd.
In The Grudge, “a single mother and young detective, Muldoon Andrea Riseborough, discovers that a suburban house is cursed by a vengeful ghost that dooms those who enter it with a violent death. Now, she runs to save herself and her son from demonic spirits from the cursed house in her neighborhood.”
The Grudge will give you the creeps on January 3, 2020.
Welcome to another week in quarantine! As we continue to find ourselves sequestered in our domiciles, there’s never been a better time to block out the horrors of the real world and kick back with some movies. And while streaming is great – and convenient – you just can’t beat the quality of physical media, folks. So, without further adieu, these are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is a huge step down from The Last Jedi, and an unsatisfying conclusion to what was on its way to being a strong trilogy. Still, it’s not a complete wash. The actors are all giving it their best – Daisy Ridley remains a wonderful actress who can convey so much emotion just with her eyes, and Adam Driver keeps Kylo Ren compelling, even as the script does not. And there are plenty of great action beats. But every time The Rise of Skywalker starts to seem like it’s finding its footing, it ends up stumbling again. The story is nonsensical, the return of the Emperor makes absolutely no sense, and despite clocking in at 2 hours and 22 minutes, the proceedings seem rushed. Still, it brings the saga to a close, and that counts for something.
Why It’s Worth Owning on Blu-ray:
Look, I’m a completist. I own the first two films in this trilogy, so of course, I’m going to own the third, even though I don’t like it. That said, there are things to enjoy about this release. Specifically the feature-length documentary The Skywalker Legacy. This making-of feature is quite wonderful, and doesn’t totally shy away from the behind-the-scenes issues that plagued the film. In the end, this is a better conclusion to the saga than the movie itself.
Special Features Include:
The Skywalker Legacy – The story lives forever in this feature-length documentary that charts the making of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Pasaana Pursuit: Creating the Speeder Chase – Dive into the making of the movie’s epic landspeeder chase and discover how this spectacular sequence was brought to the screen. Aliens in the Desert – See what it took to create the Pasaana desert scenes, from the sheer scale and complexity of the shoot to its colorful details. D-O: Key to the Past – Explore the ship that connects Rey to the mystery of her missing parents and get to know the galaxy’s newest, irresistible droid. Warwick & Son – Warwick Davis, who played Wicket in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, dons the Ewok costume once more; this time joined by his son Harrison. Cast of Creatures – The team behind the film’s memorable creatures reveal the puppetry, makeup, prosthetics and digital magic that bring them to life! 1917