the grudge reboot first look
the grudge reboot first look

The Grudge reboot is out for blood in three brand-new first-look images.

EW has unveiled the first-look photos for The Grudge reboot, which show Riseborough’s costars Shaye (Insidious) and Bichir (The Nun) being terrorized by what appears to be two of the Grudge specters in the film. Take a look, below.

These new Grudge ghosts (while perfectly creepy in their own right) are a far cry from the pale-white and sunken-eyed Japanese spirits from the previous American Grudge movies and Ju-On films. Pesce actually alluded to this during his interview with EW, describing the U.S. and Japanese franchises as being “anthology series” where different people have “different interactions with this curse”, which then manifests itself in new ways. In another intriguing twist, the director revealed The Grudge reboot takes place at the same time as the 2004 movie starring Gellar, only in small town American rather than Tokyo. Pesce also confirmed that the reboot will have multiple story threads (three, in fact) that “interweave and all take place at slightly different times”, but revolve around the same cursed house – again, much like Shimizu’s remake.

Nicolas Pesce’s remake of the original 2004 horror movie is all set to hit theaters early next year and a trailer release is imminent. Along with the new images, we have also learned when the movie takes place. The reboot stars John Cho, Demian Bichir, and Andrea Riseborough. Sam Raimi, original producer of the first two installments of the U.S. versions of the horror trilogy, is producing with Rob Taper. The movie was co-written by Pesce and Jeff Buhler.

The Grudge reboot takes place at the very same time as the 2004 installment. Director Nicolas Pesce says the movie is not a sequel and not a remake. Instead, it takes place when “Sarah Michelle Gellar is doing her thing in Japan, and this is what’s happening in America at that same time,” says Pesce. 

The Grudge reboot hits theaters on January 3rd, 2020.

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