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‘The Grudge (2020)’ Movie Review (Spoilers)

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Movie Information:

Release Date: January 3rd, 2020

MPA Rating: R (for disturbing violence and bloody images, terror and some language)

Runtime: 1 hr 33 min

Directed By:  Nicolas Pesce

Written By: Nicolas Pesce

Starring: Andrea Riseborough, Demian Bichir, John Cho, Betty Gilpin, William Sadler, and Frankie Faison


The Grudge (2020) is a reboot of the original 2004 film, and takes place at the same time and directly after the events of the first film. It is the fourth installment of the franchise and stars Andrea Riseborough (Detective Muldoon), Demian Bichir (Goodman), John Cho (Peter Spencer), Betty Gilpin (Nina Spencer), William Sadler (Detective Wilson), and Frankie Faison (William Matheson). Directed by Nicolas Pesce and produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Taka Ichise, The Grudge (2020) is told in non-chronological order, and focuses around a haunting presence within a house that is suspected of being the cause for multiple murders. 

There is no main storyline for the movie, but instead, it encompasses multiple storylines which are presented in a non-chronological order. The four stories include the Landers family, the Spencers, the Mathesons, and detective Muldoon. 

In the first storyline, Fiona Landers (Tara Westwood) leaves Tokyo due to some horrific events, and is followed home by an evil spirit. It influences her to kill her family, including her husband Sam (David Lawrence Brown) and daughter Melinda (Zoe Fish), and then commit suicide. Two detectives investigate the case and are haunted by what appears to be Fiona’s ghost. This drives one of the detectives into an insane asylum. 

The second storyline involves Peter (John Cho) and his pregnant wife, Nina (Betty Gilpin) Spencer. While selling a home, Peter is attacked by the ghosts of Fiona and Melinda. He becomes possessed, returns home, and murders his wife, and then also commits suicide. 

The third story involves an elderly couple, Faith (Lin Shaye) and William (Frankie Faison) Matheson. She is afflicted with dementia and tells her husband that she is seeing a young girl, Melinda. William calls a professional, Lorna Moody (Jackie Weaver) for assistance but is soon discovered to have been murdered by his wife. Lorna is horrified by what she finds but is then killed by the ghost of Sam. 

Finally, Detective Muldoon along with Detective Goodman of the first story, are called to investigate the murders. Muldoon figures out the connections and how they relate to the curse that was brought over from Japan. Unfortunately for her, she is also affected by the curse and meets her demise.


Usually, I try not to give away too much information about a movie so readers’ movie experiences are not spoiled. Yet, for The Grudge (2020), I had to make an exception.

The director of the movie, when asked about what the reboot would be like, stated that it would be “way more f*%&$% up” then the other versions. Boy was he right! There is no cohesiveness in this movie, and we are left with the same type of plot, or should I say plots.

I do not want to spend a lot of time on explaining why you should not watch this movie, so I will not. Let me just conclude by saying, if you have already seen the original Grudge in 2004, and were pleased with it, then do not watch the 2020 version. It will leave a bad taste in your mouth, and may even leave you with a grudge.

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

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