Grudge, The

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +1

Content: -1 1/2

The Grudge is a Japanese fright flick, recently adapted for an American audience. American exchange student Karen Davis (Sarah Michelle Gellar) lives with her boyfriend (Jason Behr) in Tokyo. She is sent as a substitute caregiver to the home of a catatonic American woman, Emma Williams (Grace Zabriskie). Karen senses that something is not right about this disheveled and eerie home. Strange creaking and scratching sounds come from various places. Upon further investigation, Karen finds a little Japanese boy locked in a closet. Emmas daughter (Kadee Strickland), son (William Mapother) and daughter-in-law (Clea DuVall) are rendered petrified and dead by the evil presence that drains the life of those in the home. Through a series of flashbacks, the audience learns the history of this house and the apparent curse born from rage the grudge that has been passed from resident to resident through the years.

As far as horror films go, The Grudge is fairly uneventful but refreshing in its use of psychological fear instead of the excessive gore more typical these days. There is not a lot of dialog and building of rapport between characters. But there are troubling depictions of demonlike characters as they seek to inflict their rage. One such character is a small boy with a demon voice who apparently was locked up in the past inside a dark closet. While he appeals to caring adults as an innocent child, he quickly unleashes his hostility on them. An eerie, annoying sound emits from the mouths of the spirits as they attack their petrified victims. The child appears nude in a scene that adds no value to the storyline. It is disappointing that such child nudity would get by the governing bodies of the film industry. The violence and the supernatural evil of The Grudge earn it a negative rating from Preview. Its moral is that its best not to hold grudges.

Preview Reviewer: Brian Hughes

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Crude Language: Few times mild (hell 2)

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: Once moderate (OMG 1)

Violence: Many times mild (grabbing of peoples arms, a person is held under water in the bathtub); moderate (mentioning of a man that jumped off of a building to his death, a boy is found in a locked closet with all of the cracks in the door taped shut); strong (dead bodies in the attic, person is attacked in bed and pulled through the mattress and through the floor, a dead body falls through the ceiling and onto a living person, a suicide)

Sex: Once mild (implied that an unmarried man and woman sleep together in the same bed no act was portrayed)

Nudity: Few times mild (woman in the shower with only her head and shoulders shown); moderate (unclothed boy shown several times while there was frontal nudity, genitals were shadowed and could not be seen; boys buttocks were shown)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: Demonlike spirits and supernatural horrors, terror and disturbing images are portrayed

Running Time: 88 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and Adults

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