The fist poster for the new Grudge film just dropped (via Bloody Disgusting) and brought with it some hair-laced horror. This new poster really hits at what scares me the most about these movies, that darn jet-black hair. For some reason, long, dirty, jet-black ghost hair just gets me. Unfortunately for me, that’s the focal point of the new poster. Long ghost hair spilling out of a blood stained bathtub? I’ll use the other restroom thank you very much.
I’ve already talked in detail about this new Grudge movie in other articles, but I’ll give the rundown here too starting with the plot:
“After a young mother murders her family in her own house, a single mother and detective tries to investigate and solve the case. Later, she discovers the house is cursed by a vengeful ghost that dooms those who enter it with a violent death.”
Basically the type of story you would expect from something with the Grudge name attached to it. But, where things get interesting is with what director Nicholas Pesce said about the movie:
“I think that horror audiences these days are looking for a much more grounded, much more realistic, much more character-driven story in their horror movies,” Pesce said. “The new movie is set up a lot more like Seven, that sort of movie.”
That’s where I was really sold on this movie. There have been a ton, and I mean a ton, of Grudge movies so it can be a little hard for me to get excited for the new one. However, when you throw in inspiration from the David Fincher dark crime masterpiece Seven that’s when you get both my curiosity and attention. If you ask me, crime and horror don’t mix nearly often enough, so I’m genuinely looking forward to what their going to do with this new movie.
What’s also really cool about the new movie, is that it isn’t a remake or reboot, but instead a continuation. Producer and horror legend Sam Raimi has this to say about the movie:
“It’s kind of a lore that keeps going. Both the lore and the curse. When someone dies in a terrible rage, something dark is there and it won’t let go. That’s a story that’s as relevant today as always.”
If you can’t already tell, I’m all in for this. How about you? Will you be taking a trip to the cursed house when the movie hits theaters January 3rd next year? Skip on down to the official Nightmare on Film Street Twitter, The Horror Movie Fiend Club on Facebook, and our Subreddit to let us know!