Grudge 2: David Appleby
Scott Brown
October 18, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Grudge 2

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
97 minutes
Wide Release Date
10/13/06
performer
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Amber Tamblyn, Jennifer Beals
director
Takashi Shimizu
distributor
Columbia Pictures
author
Stephen Susco
genre
Horror

We gave it a C+

What’s a bad sequel but a revenant soul doomed to repeat itself? The Grudge 2 broadens the reach of the Japanese curse that put Sarah Michelle Gellar’s doe-eyed gaijin in the hospital, but the scares are the same: the hair, the tub, the yowling cat-boy, etc. Once again, we’re treated to loosely aligned scenes of half-formed characters (including Amber Tamblyn as Gellar’s brittle sister, so slight the movie nearly forgets she’s there) getting a faceful of director Takashi Shimizu’s croaking, implacable, and, yes, still scary housewife-geist.

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