The Grudge

The Grudge ★★

The trailer made this movie seem like it would be a jumpscare extravaganza and, unfortunately, it is. You get a little plot, this house where bad things happen, then BAM! jumpscare with monstrous character. Wash, rinse, repeat.

Video Review - just left the theater (no spoilers)

I liked how it starts out teasing a police detective mystery, periodically returning to this strength, but then loses itself in an often confusing narrative, flashback and present, which too often jumpscare jolts you by seeing a shadowy figure that turns abruptly and has a monstrous face. Or, worse, some other kind of cliche involving a bathtub and murky substance (we know what's in there!)

At the end of the movie someone in the theater sighed loudly and said, "is that it?"

Have not seen the original movie this was based on that spawned a franchise. I'm guessing it was significantly better. Definitely not an encouraging start to 2020 at the theater. Skip this. Not recommended.