Tanner Stransky
February 02, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Grudge 2

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
97 minutes
Wide Release Date
10/13/06
performer
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Amber Tamblyn, Jennifer Beals
director
Takashi Shimizu
distributor
Columbia Pictures
author
Stephen Susco
genre
Horror

We gave it an B-

Five more sequels couldn’t shed light on this fuzzy backstory of a killer curse stemming from a double murder-suicide. Grudge 2 plunks Tamblyn (as Gellar’s sister) into a thankless role, and three intertwining stories favor gore-free scares over exposition. Oh, forget the details. The ghosts will make you jump.
EXTRAS Deleted scenes and shorts, plus four featurettes that paint Japanese director Takashi Shimizu as a creative martyr, decrying the demands of U.S. viewers: ”I had to argue all the time with the American producers.”

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