– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Hollywood loves their remakes. Even when there are films that haven’t been around for very long. We’re talking about an industry that has rebooted the Spider-Man franchise twice over the course of a handful of years or so for the big screen. No matter how unique an idea is, there is always an attempt to rethink it, repackage it, and resell it. Such is the case with the film The Grudge.

Yes, in case you haven’t heard, that 2000s film, which was based on a Japanese film Ju-On: The Grudge. Honestly, I feel like that movie was garbage and didn’t even check out its two sequels, which hit in 2006 and 2009, respectively. But what can possibly be done about this movie that hasn’t been done already? Well, director Nicholas Pesce seems to think the road to a successful reboot is a more character-driven, intelligent take:

“It’s a very different take on The Grudge than you know it from the past. Those movies will always exist and always be there for you to watch. I think that horror audiences these days are looking for a much more grounded, much more realistic, much more character-driven story in their horror movies. We see what’s doing well now and it is these kind of smarter, more nuanced horror stories, and that’s what this is going to be. We’re trying to update it for contemporary sensibilities, and we have an unbelievable cast, and I think it’s going to be something very different. There’s a thousand Grudge movies out there, and we wanted to figure out a way to kind of put a new, fresh spin on it, and it’s going to be exciting.”

But what can he possibly bring to the table to change things up? Here’s what he told EW:

“The movie is set up a lot more like Seven, that sort of movie. There’s a cop drama that drives the whole thing, and Andrea is the lead detective on this new case that they’ve come upon, and is the driving force through the movie. She’s incredible. She’s in absolutely everything and, when you see her act, you know why.”

Honestly, it sounds a bit like what we got with that first Saw movie. While Saw quickly became kind of a torture porn series, that first film was more of a thriller with a morbid premise. This new take could very well continue on in that vein so that it not only feels sufficiently scary, but has the potential to expand outside of its typical demographic.

But, of course, that’s assuming it’s done well. Does any of this sound interesting to you? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.