Grudge 2, The

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +1

Content: -4

Amber Tamblyn. Horror/thriller. Written by Stephen Susco. Directed by Takashi Shimizu.

FILM SYNOPSIS: In this horror sequel, a young woman living in Tokyo experiences the same curse that afflicted her sister in The Grudge 1. This supernatural force makes its home in a haunted house where it takes out its demonic frustration on all who enter. The vengeful spirit afflicts its victims with a rage that leads them to killing others before their own deaths. But the evil spirit isnt content with its dwelling place. It also manifests itself back in the states on another dysfunctional family.

PREVIEW REVIEW: A lot of horror films out right now are excessively gruesome, containing desensitizing amounts of torture. Gratefully, The Grudge 2 is more creepy than gruesome. Alas, its creepiness comes from an apparition with a decidedly demonic appearance. The film did very well during its opening weekend, young people flocking to it because it involved pretty peers in spooky situations. But the films concept has already been spoofed so often that the attempted scare factor falls short. One could also say that much of the storyline is downright stupid, as are most of the characters.

The Grudge 2 is also sexually titillating and contains violent imagery, two elements well represented in films aimed at the youth demographic. These are elements that feed prurient interests, but do little to satisfy the soul. Add these shortcomings with the fact that the film contains a minimal moral and church-attending moviegoers will most likely find themselves shortchanged.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Sony Pictures Releasing

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Crude Language: Some crude sexual remarks

Obscene Language: Five or six minor expletives (damns and hells)

Profanity: One misuse of Gods name.

Violence: Though more creepy than gruesome, make no mistake, there are many violent acts, including possessed people maiming, beating and killing others, including family members. These killings are brutal, including drownings and neck breakings. Blood: A little here a little there.

Sex: While there are no sexual gymnastics, the film incorporates a great deal of sensuality by exploiting teenage female bodies on several occasions.

Nudity: No, but girls in underwear and brief attire are used to titillate.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Some teen sexual conversations.

Drugs: None.

Other: There are many jolting shots and several scenes meant to frighten viewers. Though its not as scary as the filmmaker intended, demonic and unsettling imagery are frequently used.

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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