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The Grudge : The Movie

The Grudge is a terrifying movie.  There are scenes that will make you jump, and others that will keep you on the edge of your seat.  One of the years best horror flicks. We look forward to the release of Grudge 2 (II) in 2006.   BestSyndicaton.com

Amazon.com Review
It's not the scary hit that The Ring was in 2002, but The Grudge makes a similarly convincing case for American remakes of popular Japanese horror films. Barely a year passed between the release of Takashi Shimizu's creepy ghost story Ju-On: The Grudge and the production of this American remake, set in Tokyo and starring Sarah Michelle Gellar in her first post-Buffy horror film. About the only significant difference between the two films is the importing of a mostly-American cast (including Bill Pullman, Clea DuVall and Grace Zabriskie), but The Grudge was reconfigured (by screenwriter Stephen Susco) to allow Shimizu to refine and improve the spookiest highlights of his earlier version, which enjoyed previous incarnations as a short film and two made-for-Japanese-video features. Surprising box-office analysts with a $40 million opening weekend, The Grudge may disappoint hard-core horror fans because it lacks gore and graphic violence, but as a creepy tale about a very haunted house, it's guaranteed to send a few chills up your spine. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to the
Theatrical Release edition.

 

 

Sarah Michelle Gellar
Born April 14, 1977 in New York City, Sarah Michelle Gellar has become sort of a pseudo 'feminist' for her generation, although she cringes at the word herself.  But her role as a beautiful female who kicks ass on television certainly has made herself a role model to her female generation. While many of Gellar's scenes as Buffy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer use stunt double Sophia Crawford, Gellar does carry a brown belt in Tae Kwon Do. Sarah was seen on TV as early as three years old, where she played Valerie Harper's daughter in An Invasion of Privacy, a made for TV movie. At four, she was part of the infamous burger wars playing in a commercial for Burger King which mocked the size of McDonald's burgers. Afterwards, she appeared in scores more commercials, which also helped land her roles in movies like Over The Brooklyn Bridge, Funny Farm, High Stakes, and TV's Spencer for Hire. Further roles include A Woman Named Jackie and Swan's Crossing. At the age of 16, Gellar played as a 22 year old (!) in All My Children. She played as Erica Kane's (Susan Lucci) daughter, and was in a role which had her seduce her stepfather, break up her mother's marriage, shooting people, and faking pregnancies! The role got her something Susan Lucci almost never did, an Emmy in 1994 for Outstanding Younger Actress. Perhaps that award played a role in Lucci's despising of the young star, which comes as a shock since Gellar is supposedly the only person on the All My Children cast which Lucci clashed with.

1996 Brought on her most well known roll, cast as Buffy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which was based on the movie that starred Kristy Swanson. Buffy has become sort of a cult favorite and gets decent ratings despite being relegated to the WB Network. Her starring role has helped her land jobs in I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scream. In 1999 she played in the comedy Simply Irresistible. Its ironic given that Gellar is apparently anything but irresistible according to gossip which suggests she has running feuds with not only Lucci, but Neve Campbell, former lover Matthew Perry, Julia Roberts, and The Spice Girls (we can forgive her for that!). The latest feud apparently exists with fellow WB star Kerri Russell, whom Gellar says she's sick about hearing Russell's story of losing her virginity in the press, a statement we'd wholeheartedly agree with!

You probably can also add actress Ingrid Quinn to that list, who's marriage to David Boreanaz was supposedly terminated due in large part to a reported affair he had with his then Buffy co-star (he played Angel, recently spun off). It also has been widely reported that Gellar has had an on and off battle  with anorexia, and with a 5'3 frame at a reported 98 pounds, its easy to understand why those rumors persist. Besides her romantic ties to Mathew Perry and Boreanaz, Gellar has also been linked to ex-Slider star Jerry O'Connell and has dated tennis player Jan Michael Gambill. The latest man involved with Sarah is Freddie Prinze Jr., who publically was slobbering all over Prinze at the MTV Movie awards, where Sarah landed two awards for Best Kiss (with Selma Blair) and Best Female Performance in the film Cruel Intentions.  There have been alot of stories of Sarah's controlling behavior around Freddie that has resulted in concerns amongst his friends (according to tabloids, anyways). But before we get too rough on Sarah, it should be noted that she is not the wild party type and in fact spends so much time working she hasn't had much time for relationships, often working 15 hour days on the Buffy set.

Other movies:

Scooby Doo (2002) playing as Daphne Blake
Harvard Man (2001) playing as Cindy Bandolini 
Cruel Intentions (1999) playing as Kathryn Merteuil 
Simply Irresistible (1999) playing as Amanda Shelton 
Cruel Intentions (1999) playing as Kathryn Merteuil
Small Soldiers (1998) (Voice only) as Andromeda
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) as Helen Shivers
Scream 2 (1997) playing as Casey "CiCi" Cooper
High Stakes (1989) playing as Karen Rose 
Funny Farm (1988) playing as a student
Over the Brooklyn Bridge (1984) playing as Phil's daughter

Other Television:

God, the Devil and Bob (2001) playing "That Actress on That Show" (voice) 
Grosse Pointe (2001) playing as herself
Sex in the City (2000) playing as Debbie
Tonight Show With Jay Leno (2000) interview
Angel (1999-2000) playing as Buffy Summers (multiple episodes)
The View (1997) playing as herself
TRL (1998) interview/host
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-current) (Series) starring as Buffy Anne Summers
King of the Hill (1998) (Series) appearance as Marie (voice only)
Beverly Hills Family Robinson (1997) (Movie) 
All My Children (1993-1995) (Series) 
Swans Crossing (1991) (Series) 
A Woman Named Jackie (1991) (Miniseries) playing teenage Jacqueline Bouvier
Spenser: For Hire 1986 (Series) appearance
The Guiding Light (1986) playing as a flower girl 
An Invasion of Privacy (1983) playing as Jennifer Bianchi

 

 

Jason Behr
Jason was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Aside from being a series regular on Showtime's Sherman Oaks and ABC's Push. Jason Behr has guest starred on a variety of television shows and has been in numerous stage plays. He has also performed in over 75 commercials. One such commercial Jason has been in is the Cloralit gum commercial titled Body Search. It was produced by Great Guns for Italian chewing gum and aired all over Europe.

Jason got into acting when he was 5 years old. He continued acting throughout his school years. When he graduated from high school he moved to Los Angeles to pursue it full-time. Jason has three brothers John, Aaron, and Andrew. He also has a brown spotted dalmation named Joplin and an akita dog named Ronin.

Jason has been in over 75 commercials. He appeared on tv shows such as Jag, Profiler, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He also played "Dawson Leery" on Dawson's Creek. Dawson made a movie about Joey and himself and who gets the lead role, Jason Behr (Chris Wolfe). He acted really good in this role, which was liked by most viewers. Jason also starred in the Independent feature film Rites of Passage, which made it's debut at the 1999 Palm Springs Film Festival. I saw the movie and if you're a Jason Behr fan you must see it. He is such an awesome actor to most of his fans.

Here is some information from Netglimpse.com

Name :Jason Behr Birth Name : Jason Nathaniel Behr Date of Birth : December 30, 1973 Place of Birth : Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Height : 6' Education : High School Nationality : American Profession : actor Claim to Fame : as Max Evans on TV Series Roswell Nickname : Jay

  • Competed in the Celebrity Pro-Am Classics Tour.
  • Owns a brown spotted dalmation named Joplin.
  • Owns an Akita dog, named Ronin.
  • WAS the first Freshman in his High School's history, to be cast as a lead in its biggest play of the year
  • Was voted Most Destined for Fame by his graduating class.
  • Put on 15 pounds for his role as Dennis Buggit in THE SHIPPING NEWS. (2001)
  • ROSWELL. (1999) casts Katherine Heigl and Jason Behr, who play brother and sister on the show are engaged in real life.
  • Has appeared in 75 commercials while waiting for his turn at movies.
  • STAR WARS was his first movie-in-a-theater.
  • Says BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S is the movie that inspired his first crush. Jason says, I remember being smitten with Audrey. (Hepburn). I always liked older women.
  • Says he learned about the facts of life when he heard his older brother and his friends talking about it.
  • Loves Cocoa Pebbles and robotic cartoons, especially together.
  • Behr is pronunced 'Bear'
  • Food Indulgence: Krispy Kreme donuts
  • Hobbies: Hiking with Ronin, and playing basketball with friends
  • Favorite Band: Dave Matthews Band
  • Favorite Movie: THE GODFATHER
  • Favorite Actor: Paul Newman
  • Favorite Sports Team: Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers
  • Stocks his fridge with: Orange Juice, Water, Leftover Pizza and Beer
  • Has a bulletin board at home covered with Blockbuster coupons.
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    Bill Pullman
    Bill Pullman, an actor who has been working for years, was finally noticed when he starred in "While You Were Sleeping" and "Independence Day". 

    Pullman was going to be a builder, after high school he enrolled in a technical school in New York to learn the trade.  To help him to overcome his shyness, the drama teacher cast him in a play.  That was the end of his building plans. 

    He didn't start his acting career until he got his B.A. in theatre arts, did graduate work at U. Mass and then taught drama at Montana State.  He taught for two years, then decided it was time to pursue acting. 

    After off-Broadway roles, Pullman moved to LA to try his luck.  His film debut was in "Ruthless People".  Some of his better films were "The Accidental Tourist", "Sleepless in Seattle" and "Sommersby". 

    Bill Pullman has his own production company, Big Town, in addition to lots of movie offers coming in.  His future looks bright and busy. 

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    Bio 

    • December 17, 1953
    • Hornell, NY
    • Sagittarius
    Reference 
    • Bill Pullman
    • c/o United Talent Agency
    • 9560 Wilshire Blvd.
    • Suite 500 
    • Beverly Hills, CA 90212

     

     

    Takashi Shimizu Director
    Takashi Shimizu
    Date of Birth: July 27, 1972
    Hometown: Maebashi City, Gunma Prefecture, Japan

    More information from ropeofsilicon.com

    Takashi Shimizu majored in art and drama and then began his film career working part-time at a Kyoto movie theater, writing scripts during his off hours. In 1997, after several years freelancing as an assistant director, he enrolled at the Tokyo Film Seminar (now the Film School of Tokyo).

    Following the completion of a short film project for the school, his talent was spotted by director Kyoshi Kurosawa (Cure) and screenwriter Hiroshi Takashi (Ringu). Their interest in his work brought him to the attention of producer Taka Ichise, who had been asked to produce a series of 'horror stories' for a cell phone company. He asked the young director to give him some ideas of what might scare him and this process launched the beginning of the series of JU-ON movies.

    With The Grudge, Shimizu is directing the story of his haunted house and revenge-seeking ghosts for the fifth time.

     

     

    More information from Amazon
    Here is some information from Amazon.com

     

  • Encoding: PLEASE NOTE: Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players.
     
  • Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Dolby
     
  • Rated: PG-13 \  PG-13
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
  • DVD Release Date: May 17, 2005
  • Run Time: 98
     
  • DVD Features:
    • Available subtitles: English, Spanish, French
    • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
    • All-new unrated, extended cut of the film
       
    • Feature commentary by director Takashi Shimizu, producer Taka Ichise, and actor Takako Fuji
       
    • 15 additional deleted scenes with optional filmmaker commentary
       
    • Director Takashi Shimizu's original "Ju-On" short films, "4444444444" and "In a Corner"
       
    • Video diaries from Sarah Michelle Gellar and KaDee Strickland
       
    • "The Grudge House: An Insider's Tour"
       
    • "Production Designer's Notebook: The Sketches of Iwao Saito"
       
    • "Sights and Sounds: The Storyboard Art of Takashi Shimizu"
       
  • ASIN: B0007YXQEG
  • Other Formats: DVD widescreen
     
  • Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars Based on 348 reviews.
     
  • The special features included on the unrated extended director's cut of The Grudge will appeal primarily to horror buffs and fans of director Takashi Shimizu. The extended cut of The Grudge (Shimizu's semi-American remake of his early video feature Ju-On) saves the best for last, with a more frightening and slightly more graphic climax. More interesting, however, are Shimizu's early short films "4444444444" and "In a Corner," serving as obvious prototypes for The Grudge, which represents the culmination of all previous incarnations and demonstrates Shimizu's penchant for spine-tingling atmosphere and visual composition. (These strengths are firmly based on Shimizu's impressive storyboard art, also included here.) The director's commentary is only partially informative, but it does outline some of the specific differences between Ju-On and The Grudge, along with interesting anecdotes about collaborating with an American cast & crew. The deleted scenes are just that: scenes that deserved to be deleted, and of interest only to hardcore fans. Video diaries by Sarah Michelle Gellar and costar KaDee Strickland are perfunctory, but enjoyable as behind-the-scenes amusement and Japanese sight-seeing. The "Grudge House Insider's Tour" is essentially a showcase for the admirable work of set designer Iwao Saito, whose pre-production sketches are also included.

    From IMDb: Quotes & Trivia

    • Two slightly different versions of the film were used for test screenings. One was R-rated, while the other was rated PG-13. The PG-13 cut, which had toned down some of the disturbing images, tested better with screeners.
    • A sequel was greenlit on the Monday after the surprise success of the first weekend's box office of more than $39 million.
    • Yuya Ozeki, Takako Fuji, and Takashi Matsuyama (II) all appeared in Ju-on: The Grudge (2003), the Japanese film upon which this film was based, all reprising their roles as the doomed Saeki family.
    • On their way to the graveyard, Karen and Doug pass three schoolgirls on the street - a reference to Izumi and her friends Chiharu and Miyuku from the original Ju-on: The Grudge (2003).
    • According to the DVD Commentaries AND Featurettes, The House in the 2004 movie The Grudge was built completely on a sound stage. It was based almost entirely on the house in Ju-on: The Grudge (2003). It was built like a normal house, the 'house set' had two floors so that cuts did not have to be made when a character was walking upstairs. However, the attic was built seperatly from the house to allow for more room when filming.
    • The spooky popping sounds that accompany the appearance of the female ghost were made with a hair comb.
    • The open-mouth gasping sound of the ghosts is made by director Shimizu, Takashi.
    • The character of Toshio is almost always found with his cat. In real life, the boy who plays Toshio, Yuya Ozeki, was terrified of cats.
    • Although the house was built entirely on a sound stage, the actors and cast still had to take off their shoes to enter, to be respectful.
    • Before filming, the cast and crew went through a ceremony where they were blessed so nothing bad could happen to them for filming.

     

    Quotes from The Grudge (Director's Cut):

    from trailer
    Karen: The whole time I was in that house I felt something was wrong. What happened there?

    from trailer
    Karen: There is something evil there.

    Maria Kirk: Good morning! You're up early today.
    looks briefly at Maria, then jumps off the balcony without a word

    first lines
    Maria): Good morning. Peter? Are you OK? You're up early today.:

    Detective Nakagawa: Three years ago, three of my colleagues were investigating what happened in that house. Two died mysteriously. The third was never found.

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