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The first trailer for the upcoming reboot of The Grudge has arrived, giving us our first look at the anticipated horror movie. Previously, posters for the movie had been released, but this is the first footage we have seen from the reboot. It looks to be rather terrifying. Spanning over two minutes long, the full trailer reveals plenty about the new movie, and you can watch it for yourself below.
The Grudge is set in the United States, following a detective investigating a series of suspicious deaths all stemming from one house. Starring in the movie are Andrea Riseborough, John Cho, Betty Gilpin, Lin Shaye, and Demian Bichir. It's directed by The Eyes of My Mother helmer Nicolas Pesce, who'd rewritten an original screenplay by Jeff Buhler. Better yet, it's produced by horror legend Sam Raimi, the genius behind the Evil Dead series and Drag Me to Hell. Raimi has also produced the original two Grudge movies and the well-received Evil Dead reboot, along with more recent acclaimed horror movies like Don't Breathe and Crawl. Rob Tapert and Taka Ichise are also producing.
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This new take is not a simple retelling of any of the previous Grudge movies, introducing new ghosts and characters into the plot. In the trailer, we see homeowner Peter Spencer Cho phoning a local young detective Riseborough after witnessing some seriously strange phenomena occurring in his home. After tracing the discovery of other bodies in the neighborhood to the house, the officer's investigation leads to a look inside where she is confronted by the evil spirits within. She is then faced with keeping her son safe when the cursed entity apparently follows her back home. Of course, the trailer also teases some of the ghastly imagery we can expect to see in the reboot, and considering its R-rating, this is probably just the tip of the iceberg.
Based on the Ju-On Japanese horror franchise, the American adaptation of The Grudge was originally released in 2004. It turned out to be a surprise hit at the box office for Sony, who promptly ordered an official sequel which saw its release just two years later. The third installment of the series would arrive in 2009, although it was released directly to video unlike its predecessors. The franchise has been dormant in the years ever since, but after more than a decade, Sony's rolling the dice with The Grudge to see if a new vision of the story can once again bring in vast profits for the company.
The Grudge is set to premiere in theaters on Jan. 3 in the United States, Jan. 9 in Australia, and Jan. 31 in the UK. Time will tell if the reboot can successfully revive the once-popular horror franchise, or if this new movie will wind up becoming another Rings. Given Raimi's involvement, however, the odds are in the movie's favor. The first trailer for The Grudge comes to us from IGN on YouTube.
It’s almost time for Adventure Time to return to our screens. The acclaimed Cartoon Network show is making a short comeback on HBO Max in the form of four animated specials that catch up with our favorite residents of the Land of Ooo. As we near the May launch of HBO Max, the streamer has released the first Adventure Time: Distant Lands teaser, along with synopses of the four exciting new specials.Adventure Time Distant Lands Teaser
Come on, grab your friends. The adventure continues with Adventure Time: Distant Lands, a series of four animated specials that will each focus on a different character from the disarmingly good Cartoon Network series created by Pendleton Ward. The teaser for Adventure Time: Distant Lands doesn’t show us much from the upcoming specials apart from some flashes of our favorite characters including Finn, Jake, Marceline, Princess Bubblegum, BMO and Peppermint Butler, but it’s enough.
It feels like it’s been years since we’ve seen these characters, who all went through drastic journeys during the whimsical, surprisingly sad, original series. But the synopses for the specials hint at an exciting reunion for Finn the human and his best friend Jake the dog, after the ambiguous, bittersweet ending of the original series. The other specials focus on BMO, Marceline and Princess Bubblegum, and Peppermint Butler.
Here are the official synopses for the four specials:
Episode 1 titled “BMO” – “When there’s a deadly space emergency in the farthest reaches of the galaxy, there’s only one hero to call, and it’s probably not BMO. Except that this time it is!”
Episode 2 titled “Obsidian” – “Marceline and Princess Bubblegum journey to the imposing, beautiful Glass Kingdom — and deep into their tumultuous past — to prevent an earthshaking catastrophe.”
Episode 3 titled “Wizard City” – “Peppermint Butler starts over at the beginning, as just another inexperienced Wizard School student. When mysterious events at the campus cast suspicion on Pep, and his checkered past, can he master the mystic arts in time to prove his innocence?”
Episode 4 titled “Together Again” – “Finn and Jake [reunite] to rediscover their brotherly bond and embark on the most important adventure of their lives.”
Adventure Time: Distant Lands debuts on HBO Max soon.
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
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