Picture from The Grudge
Overall C+

Sarah Michelle Gellar plays ghostbuster in this haunted house yarn about an evil spirit that insists on killing everyone who drops by for a visit. Filmed in Japan, Gellar's character, Kare Davis, is an American exchange student volunteering at a home care agency in return for university credit. When one of the regular nurses doesn't show up for work, Kare is asked to sub for the day.

Violence D
Sexual Content B-
Profanity A
Substance Use A

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material, disturbing images/terror/violence, and some sensuality.

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The Grudge

Although a Japanese director and film crew created this movie, it bears strong similarities to most American-made horror films. Do you think there are elements-like music and gruesome images-that are common to all cultures? Or are filmmakers in other countries simply imitating American cinema?