THE GRUDGE 2
Release Date: October 13, 2006
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 106 minutes
Distributor: Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Entertainment
Director: Takashi Shimizu
Writer: Stephen Susco
Address Comments To:Michael Barker and Tom Bernard
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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.
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.