The Grudge 2
Scott Hardie: “It sucked.”
There's a nightmarish anxiety caused by an enemy that cannot be vanquished and will not stop coming after you, but that's the only thing scary about the bugaboos in this fast-track sequel with incredibly low ambitions. Dozens of times, the ghosts simply appear somewhere in the frame with their long black hair and white skin and frozen-scream expressions, and, well, that's pretty much it. You can get the same effect by looking at photos of the Cure. Don't they need to do something? They're emblematic of the whole movie that way. Normally films like this are at least a success with their production design, but not even a Shinto shrine inspires anything more than the same bland, humdrum look. I like Amber Tamblyn's performance even though her character has the emotional presence of a trembling chihuahua, but otherwise this vanilla scarefest is all boo and no bite.