Takashi Shimizu’s Ju-on series has a long history, both here in North America and in its native country of Japan, with The Grudge (2020) being the thirteenth film to feature the vengeful curse.
On Wednesday, FilmRatings.com announced that Director Nicolas Pesce’s (The Eyes of the Mother, 2016) upcoming franchise “reboot” will officially be rated R. Typically this would not be news in the horror community. However, for Ju-on and American Grudge series fans, that’s a different story. The upcoming “interquel” will be the franchise’s first time receiving an R rating theatrically.
Back in September, EW.com exclusively revealed that the upcoming reboot will take place along side the events depicted in the 2004 American remake The Grudge starring Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 1997) and it’s 2006 sequel The Grudge 2 starring Amber Tamblyn (The Ring, 2002). The Grudge 3, released in 2009, was the first film in the franchise to not involve original creator Takashi Shimizu, and was the first to receive a direct-to-video release and an R rating.
The Entertainment Weekly article also revealed the first details of the film’s plot, with “Andrea Riseborough (Mandy, 2018) playing a small town cop who comes across an unexplainable supernatural case that leads her to a “grudged” house” according to the interview with Director Nicholas Pesce.
The Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, 1981) produced, Nicholas Peace directed and scripted (from a Jeff Buhler (Pet Sematary, 2019) story), The Grudge is expected to hit theaters on January 3, 2020. The film will star Lin Shaye (Insidious, 2010), Demián Bichir (The Nun, 2018), Andrea Riseborough (Mandy, 2018) John Cho (Star Trek, 2009), Betty Gilpin (GLOW, 2017), Jacki Weaver (Stoker, 2013), and William Sadler (VFW, 2019).
Will you be “grudged” when The Grudge returns to theaters next year? What is your favorite Ju-on film? Which Japanese based franchise do you prefer, Ju-on or Ringu? Share your thoughts by heading over to Twitter, Reddit, or in the Horror Movie Fiend Club on Facebook!