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Buy / Wait / Rent: March 2020 Blu-Ray Releases

We sift through the new release heap so you don’t have to!

Welcome to Horror News Network’s Buy / Wait / Rent, a monthly article devoted to the most highly-anticipated horror releases on blu-ray. Here you will find the best home video releases of each month, along with our opinion on whether each film is a must-own on the first day of release, something you should wait to buy until it goes on sale, or something you’re better off renting for a one-time watch. And now, on to the notable new releases of March 2020! read more

‘Underwater’ Sinks Into Seventh Place at Weekend Box Office; ‘The Grudge’ Drops Out of Top Ten in Second Week

The second week of the new year delivers another dud at the box office for horror fans in the form of the Aliens-esque Underwater.  The Kristen Stewart headliner finished below sea-level, in seventh place, with an estimated take seven million dollars at the box office.

The metrics for Underwater weren’t good, earning a C from Cinemascore pollsters, but critics over at Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a decent 53% (and audiences gave it a higher 63%).   With a production budget in the $50 million range, Underwater will have a hard time staying afloat, even when international box office is considered. read more

Fans Hold a ‘Grudge’ Against New Sony Film at Box Office

A new year brings the promise of new beginning and a dedication to resolutions.  Some people decide to go to the gym more, eat less saturated fats, read Horror News Network more frequently, etc.  Others make even more lofty goals, such as reserving judgment about their co-workers or neighbors.

Unfortunately for Sony Pictures, horror fans had to break some of those resolutions only a few days into the new year, as it was apparent that the vast majority of people who bought tickets to see the Sam Raimi produced The Grudge had a legitimate ax to grind over the new reboot. read more

Horror News Network’s Winter 2020 Movie Preview

After a lackluster fall, it appears that the offerings for horror fans in the coldest months of the year will be more robust with eight films being released in the genre over the course of two months.  As usual, the choices range from recognizable re-makes (The Grudge), long-delayed releases (The Turning, Brahms: The Boy II), and some odd horror re-imaginings (Gretel and Hansel, Fantasy Island).

The Grudge (January 3):  The Sam Raimi produced remake of 2004’s The Grudge (based on 2002’s Japanese import Ju-On) arrives almost six months later than its originally scheduled June of 2019 release date.   The fact that The Grudge moved from the busy summer season to the first weekend of the new year could raise some red flags, but Sony may also have made a shrewd decision to go after a horror audience that didn’t get much attention in the fall.  Sony may also be hoping for a similar outcome to last year’s Escape Room, which surprised the industry with a strong showing at the box office (making almost $100 million world wide) which was also released in the first weekend in January. read more

Red-Band Trailer For ‘The Grudge’ Released by Sony

Sony Pictures has released the red-band trailer for The Grudge, the latest attempt at a remake of the 2004 Japanese ghost feature Ju-On: The Grudge.  And just like the original, this film looks like it will creep the hell out of you (as well as give you pause entering someone else’s house.)  The trailer can be seen below.

The Grudge, this time produced by the great Sam Raimi (Drag Me To Hell, the Evil Dead franchise) and directed by Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes of My Mother), is based on the modern horror classic of the same name which was written by Takashi Shimizu.  The original film spawned an American remake in 2004, followed by two decreasingly-successful sequels.  Shimizu directed the first two, but was just credited as a writer on The Grudge 3.  He is listed as a writer on the latest picture as well, as it is based on the original screenplay.  The American films grossed nearly $260 million worldwide, but nearly 75% of that total came from the first film in 2004. read more

Andrea Riseborough Added to Supernatural Thriller ‘Geechee’

The debut big-budget project from writer-director Dubois Ashong is really starting to take shape nicely.  Deadline is reporting that Andrea Riseborough (Mandy, Black Mirror) has agreed to a lead role in the upcoming feature Geechee.  She is the first one to be announced for the film, which is also the first wide-release effort from rookie Ashong (Where the Water Runs.)

Geechee tells the tale of Wren, a scientist that decides to abandon the city life with her son and settle in the remote islands off of the eastern coast of the US.  There she falls in love with the area and the residents, but soon discovers that potentially sinister forces and spirits are overtaking the world around her.  Co-producer Glendon Palmer is very supportive of the director’s vision.  “From treatment to script, Dubois has created a terrific supernatural thriller that is only elevated by the addition of the amazing Andrea Riseborough,” Palmer says. read more

2020’s ‘The Grudge’ gets First Trailer

We won’t hold this one against you, today The Grudge reboot has premiered its first official trailer online via Sony Pictures Entertainment’s YouTube channel.

Based on the 2002 film Japanese film Ju-On: The Grudge, the 2004 remake simply titled The Grudge took audiences by storm with the bizarre story of the ghosts of a mother and son that were murdered by the wife’s jealous husband who believes she had an affair with her college professor. The evil begins with a curse that is created when someone dies in the grip of a powerful rage or extreme sorrow. This curse is an entity that forms where the person died, which is the house they lived in. Those who are unfortunate enough to encounter this supernatural force die, even when they leave the location and go far away. The curse is reborn repeatedly, passing from victim after victim in an endless chain of horror. read more

‘The Grudge’ Director Nicolas Pesce and Cast Discuss Their New Film at NYCC 2019 Panel

Writer/director Nicolas Pesce, legendary producer/director Sam Raimi, and principal cast members Betty Gilpin, Lin Shaye, and Andrea Riseborough delivered the first trailer for 2020’s remake of The Grudge, along with some hints at what the film will deliver to audiences, at 2019’s New York Comic Con Panel.

The main hall panel (moderated by IGN’s Terri Schwartz) revealed many aspects of the new film, with one of the biggest being the fact this version of The Grudge will indeed be rated R.  Pesce (who Raimi called a “visionary director”) stressed this fact, and that “…something that is really exciting is that audiences are so much more welcoming of the family drama, infused with horror” and described the film as a “tapestry” that allows for “…deeper character studies and human character narrative, and a way more fucked up Grudge.” read more

Reboot of ‘The Grudge’ Pushed Back ‘Til Next Year

Originally slotted for release June of this year, Deadline is reporting that Sony has decided to push their reboot of The Grudge out until January 3rd of 2020 where, interestingly, Universal also currently has a spot for an untitled Blumhouse film (could it be the Universal/Blumhouse The Invisible Man that was announced today? – click here for that story).

The reboot of 2004’s The Grudge (which itself was a reboot of the 2003 Japanese Ju-on: The Grudge) is directed by Nicolas Pesce who gave us the incredible The Eyes of My Mother in 2016 and the upcoming Piercing.  The script for the 2020 reboot was written by Jeff Buhler who penned 2008’s Midnight Meat Train and 2019’s reboot of Pet Semetary and was later touched up by Nicolas Pesce. read more

Sam Raimi to Produce ‘The Grudge’ Reboot for Sony

Some grudges never die! Sony Pictures will be re-animating 2004’s The Grudge franchise in the form of a new “re-imagining” of the series.

Variety reports that Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert will produce the new film for Ghost House in a co-production with Good Universe. Nicolas Pesce (writer/director of 2016’s disturbing film, The Eyes of My Mother) will write and direct the movie, and Demian Bichir (The Hateful Eight, The Nun) and Andrea Riseborough (Birdman, Oblivi0n) will star in lead roles in the new film. read more