THE GRUDGE 2

Occult Superstitions

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Release Date: October 13, 2006

Starring: Amver Tamblyn, Arielle Kebbel, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jennifer Beals, Edison Chen, and Sarah Roemer

Genre: Horror

Audience: Teenagers and adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 106 minutes

Address Comments To:

Michael Barker and Tom Bernard
Co-Presidents
Sony Pictures Classics
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Content:

(OOO, PaPa, B, L, VV, S, N, D, MM) Very strong occult worldview with strong hints of animistic Japanese paganism and superstition, including witchcraft used to exorcize evil spirits from people into young girl, and people try to battle evil spirits and evil ghost full of evil spirits but they always fail; four obscenities and one light profanity; strong scary and spooky horror violence includes ghosts stalk, haunt and murder people, ghost grabs people, ghost grabs and throws one person off roof, ghost scares people to death, ghost grabs teenager and makes her disappear into a mirror, and woman pours hot grease on man’s head and then hits him with frying pan to kill him; no sex scenes but brief kissing and teenage girl gets a hotel room with her older boyfriend, but an evil ghost grabs her and makes her disappear before they can do anything sexual; scene in high school girls locker room with two girls in underwear and one girl showing plenty of cleavage, plus upper male nudity in one scene when man takes shower; no alcohol use; smoking; and, scenes of family strife, flashback shows witchy woman using her young daughter in exorcist ritual on evil spirits, talk of ghosts being cursed, and another woman is unkind to one of her daughters.

Summary:

THE GRUDGE 2 tells how three groups of characters are haunted by an evil female ghost and her dead son, who were murdered by the woman's angry husband. THE GRUDGE 2 wanders too much among too many characters and has a very strong occult worldview with strong hints of Japanese paganism and superstition, including witchcraft.

Review:

THE GRUDGE 2 is a continuation of the horror story about Karen, an American woman living in Tokyo, Japan, haunted by an evil female ghost and her dead son, who were murdered by the woman's angry husband. The sequel is split into two other parallel stories occurring at different points in time.

Karen has been placed in a Tokyo mental ward. Karen's bedridden mother orders Karen's sister, Aubrey, to bring her back home, but the evil ghost frightens Karen one night in her hospital bed. Karen tries to escape from the hospital but ends up on the roof, where the evil ghost grabs her and tosses her to the pavement below.

As Aubrey tries to investigate the circumstances behind Karen's gruesome end, the movie tells what happens when Allison, an American high school student in Tokyo, goes to the house where the two ghosts were murdered. Allison and two of her classmates begin to be haunted by the ghosts.

The story also cuts to the future in Chicago in the United States, where an apartment building starts to be haunted by the two ghosts. A young boy named Jake sees that the ghosts are haunting a distraught and mysterious young tenant who's just arrived. The tenant's identity is not revealed until the end. It becomes clear, however, that everyone who comes into contact with the ghosts gets affected, and not in a good way.

THE GRUDGE 2 meanders too much among these three stories. It also has too many characters. Making matters even more confusing is that the first scene set in Chicago takes place far into the future. The significance of this scene is not revealed until more than halfway into the movie.

The thesis of this sequel is that the evil female ghost has been possessed by evil spirits when she was a young girl. The evil spirits, and the rage she feels at being murdered, combine to give her a ghostly power to murder the living. This thesis is not only occult. It also reflects the superstitions of Japanese paganism, which appear to be animistic. Animism is the belief that non-human spirits and ghosts are everywhere, and that they sometimes must be appeased. In THE GRUDGE movies, however, the evil ghosts are incapable of being appeased. They always win in the end.

This kind of occultism and superstition is abhorrent. It is also a dark, hopeless theology and spiritual ontology.

In Brief:

THE GRUDGE 2 is a continuation of a horror story about Karen, an American woman in Tokyo, Japan. Karen is haunted by an evil female ghost and her dead son, who were murdered by the woman's angry husband. The story is split into three parallel stories occurring at different points in time. In the first one, Karen's younger sister, Aubrey, comes to help her sister but is also haunted by the ghosts. In the second one, an American high school student named Alison and two classmates are haunted by the ghosts. In the third one, the tenants of an apartment building in Chicago are haunted by the ghosts when either Aubrey or Alison returns to the U.S. incognito.

THE GRUDGE 2 meanders too much among too many characters. The thesis of this sequel is that the evil female ghost has been possessed by evil spirits when she was a young girl. The evil spirits, and the rage she feels at being murdered, combine to give her a supernatural power that enables her to murder the living. This thesis is not only occult. It also reflects the abhorrent superstitions of Japanese paganism.