The Grudge (15)



Horror (2020)
94mins US/Can

Starring: Tara Westwood, Junko Bailey, David Lawrence Brown, Demian Bichir, Lin Shaye, Andrea Riseborough
Director: Nicolas Pesce
Writer(s): Nicolas Pesce
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Detective Muldoon moves to a small town in Pennsylvania with her son Burke following the death of her husband from cancer. The officer attends the scene of a dead body in the woods with colleague Detective Goodman. He shares suspicions about a curse on a local property 44 Reyburn Drive, where the deceased was working with owners Faith and William Matheson. In flashback, two other families fall victim to a malevolent presence that infects and destroys without mercy.

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The Grudge (15)

Ghoulish history repeats in The Grudge, a lacklustre reboot of the horror franchise spawned by the 2003 Japanese film Ju-on about a vengeful spirit, which attaches itself to unsuspecting victims and untethers their sanity. Writer-director Nicolas Pesce demonstrated a sadistic streak with his last film, Piercing, a macabre battle of the sexes starring Mia Wasikowska and Christopher Abbott. Here, he resorts to hoary horror tropes to stitch together four stories of hellish haunting centred on the same Pennsylvania house. His patchwork of predictable shocks squanders a terrific ensemble cast including Newcastle-upon-Tyne actress Andrea Riseborough, Demian Bichir, John Cho and Australian two-time Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver...

The Grudge. Copyright: 2018 CTMG, Inc./Screen Gems. Caption: Andrea Riseborough as Detective Muldoon in The Grudge, directed by Nicholas Pesce. Photo: Allen Fraser. All Rights Reserved.They scream, squeal and shudder on cue, foolishly hiding in a closet in one case when any horror movie fan will tell you that's the last place to seek refuge if you intend to survive to the end credits. Composers Andy Grush and Taylor Newton Stewart, aka The Newton Brothers, match aggression on screen with a creepy orchestral score, which prickles fear far more effectively than anything Pesce exorcises from the pages of his script.

Three months after the loss of her husband to cancer, grief-stricken police detective Muldoon (Riseborough) moves to Cross River, Pennsylvania with young son Burke (John J Hansen). She soothes her boy's fears - "Nothing bad's gonna happen to me, I promise" - as he settles into a new school and she acclimatises to her partner, Detective Goodman (Bichir). The cops attend a horrific scene in the woods, which is connected to a local property, 44 Reyburn Drive, which Goodman knows well.

In a bewildering mosaic of flashbacks, we encounter residents and visitors to the accursed house. In 2004, live-in nurse Fiona Landers (Tara Westwood) leaves Tokyo to travel home to husband Sam (David Lawrence Brown) and daughter Melinda (Zoe Fish) in Cross River. She brings with her a malevolent presence, which infects and corrupts without mercy. Estate agents Peter and Nina Spencer (Cho, Betty Gilpin), who are expecting their first child, attempt to sell the property. Once Peter steps across the threshold, he is doomed to destroy everything he holds dear. In 2005, despairing husband William Matheson (Frankie Faison) invites assisted death guide Lorna Moody (Weaver) to 44 Reyburn Drive to deliver final words of comfort to his wife Faith (Lin Shaye). Lorna has been "a compassionate presence at the bedside of 44 people" but she will soon wish she were dead.

The Grudge exhibits dramatic rigor mortis from its opening frames. Characters show casual regard for their safety, leaning over a bathtub filled with rancid water or wandering down hallways in the dark. Consequently, we're braced for any jump scares and a symphony of squelchy sound effects as poorly served cast are dispatched with maximum splatter.

- Jo Planter

The Grudge. Copyright: 2018 CTMG, Inc./Screen Gems. Caption: Andrea Riseborough as Detective Muldoon in The Grudge, directed by Nicholas Pesce. Photo: Allen Fraser. All Rights Reserved.


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From Friday 7th February
To Thursday 13th February

- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Antrim, Antrim Omniplex
- Ashbourne, Vue Ashbourne
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Batley, Showcase Cinema De Lux Leeds
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Belfast, Dundonald Omniplex
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham NEC
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, Odeon Luxe Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, The Light Cinema, Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Luxe Liverpool Switch Island
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Bradford, Odeon Luxe Leeds-Bradford
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen
- Carrickfergus, Carrickfergus Omniplex
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Corby, Savoy Cinema
- Coventry, Showcase Cinema De Lux Coventry
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Odeon Luxe Derby
- Derby, Showcase Derby Foresters Park
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Downpatrick, Downpatrick Omniplex
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Dundee, Odeon Luxe Dundee
- Dungannon, Dungannon Omniplex
- East Kilbride, Odeon Luxe East Kilbride
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Odeon Luxe Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Glasgow, Showcase Cinema De Lux Glasgow
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Cinema De Lux Bluewater
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Huddersfield, Odeon Huddersfield
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Kettering, Odeon Kettering
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leeds, Cineworld Leeds - White Rose
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Odeon Luxe Leicester
- Leicester, Showcase Cinema De Lux Leicester
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Limerick, Vue Limerick
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Showcase Cinema De Lux Liverpool
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Llandudno, Cineworld Llandudno
- Londonderry, Brunswick Moviebowl
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
- Maidstone, Odeon Maidstone
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nottingham, Showcase Cinema De Lux Nottingham
- Nuneaton, Odeon Luxe Nuneaton
- Oldham, Odeon Oldham
- Omagh, Omagh Omniplex
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay
- Paisley, Showcase Cinema De Lux Paisley
- Peterborough, Showcase Cinema De Lux Peterborough
- Plymouth, Cineworld Plymouth
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Reading, Showcase Cinema De Lux Reading
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rhyl, Vue Rhyl
- Rushden, Cineworld Rushden Lakes
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Odeon Luxe Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Southampton, Showcase Cinema De Lux Southampton
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockport, The Light Cinema, Stockport
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Cinema De Lux Teesside
- Stoke-on-Trent, Cineworld Stoke-on-Trent
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Regent Circus
- Tamworth, Odeon Luxe Tamworth
- Telford, Odeon Luxe Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Warrington, Cineworld Warrington
- Warrington, Odeon Luxe Warrington
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
- York, Vue York
From Friday 14th February
To Thursday 20th February

- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Ashbourne, Vue Ashbourne
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Batley, Showcase Cinema De Lux Leeds
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Bradford, Odeon Luxe Leeds-Bradford
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Coventry, Showcase Cinema De Lux Coventry
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Showcase Cinema De Lux Glasgow
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Limerick, Vue Limerick
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Showcase Cinema De Lux Liverpool
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay
- Peterborough, Showcase Cinema De Lux Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rhyl, Vue Rhyl
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Cinema De Lux Teesside
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Regent Circus
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Warrington, Cineworld Warrington
- Watford, Vue Watford
- York, Vue York


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