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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

Shudder Acquires Japanese Supernatural Horror Film Sadako vs. Kayako

Shudder (the AMC-owned digital horror network) recently acquired the popular Japanese import Sadako vs. Kayako.  For those unfamiliar with the titles characters, the film features a showdown between the demons from Japan’s two most popular ghost franchises: Ringu and Ju-On (known to North American fans as the Ring and The Grudge).  The film is directed by  by Koji Shiraishi (director of Carved: The Slit-Mouthed Woman and Grotesque).

After the film’s North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival’s “Midnight Madness” in September and a brief festival run, Sadako vs. Kayako will stream exclusively on Shudder in late 2016. read more

SADAKO VS KAYAKO – The Ring VS The Grudge – Japanese Trailer!

A trailer has been released for    SADAKO VS KAYAKO, the  insane    Japanese film  that  stars  the ghosts from  two of their most popular  horror film franchises.  Sadako from The Ring (Ringu in Japan) and Kayako from The Grudge (Ju-On) in Japan.     The trailer is in Japanese, however you can gather most of what is going on.   To get the grudge-match going (ha!) The Ring tape is played   inside The Grudge house.

As a fan of these films myself, both the original Japanese films and the American re-makes, I am extremely excited.    K?ji Shiraishi directs the film, which stars   Mizuki Yamamoto, Tina Tamashiro, Aimi Satsukawa.  It    hits   theaters in Japan  on  June 18th. read more