Nicolas Pesce, the director handling the upcoming reboot of “The Grudge” franchise, says you shouldn’t confuse the new film with other lazy horror remakes.
In the film, Andrea Riseborough plays a cop who finds herself involved in a case that leads her to a cursed home. Demian Bichir, John Cho, Betty Gilpin, Lin Shaye, and Jacki Weaver co-star.
Speaking to EW whom also has a few first-look photos from the feature, Pesce says the franchise isn’t a typical haunted house feature, but rather about how any house can become cursed:
“The beauty of ‘The Grudge’ franchise, both the American and Japanese iterations, is it’s an anthology series. Every movie is a different story of different characters having different interactions with this curse. In today’s age where we’re remaking everything, I thought it would be fun to dive into ‘The Grudge’ universe where we don’t have to remake anything, but rather a new chapter in this canon.
It’s not your traditional haunted house movie where you pull up to a creepy, Gothic-looking house and go, ‘oh god that’s haunted’. A motif of all the [‘Grudge’] films, especially this one, is that behind the most normal kind of house, inside the most normal-seeming life, there can be something horrifying – whether it’s real and grounded, or something otherworldly and terrifying, it can happen anywhere, behind any door, to anyone. It’s unique to this story and philosophically terrifying.”
“The Grudge” will be released in cinemas on January 3rd 2020.