The Ring VS The Grudge

These Japanese personified american remakes are some of the scariest remakes and horror movies in general since the turn of the century. I’d even go out on a limb and say these two movies have been some of the scariest of all time, with both entailing a pale ghost antagonists that has since petrified giddy teenagers. Why both are similar in origin, and both have their paranormal motifs that link them, these distinctly different movies are always blanketed together. Now i will pit them against each other to find out which is truly the better film. The three categories will be film success, scare factor and influence.

Film Success:

The Ring stands as one of the greatest american remakes of an international film in history. Ringu, is the Japanese original, and although at times the film was criticised for poor character development and moving away from the screenplay a little, Naomi Watts is fantastic, and the amount of scares and also overall level of fan favouritism it reached is phenomenal. The movie grossed a crazy $249 million off of a 48 million budget and with this it refutes my comments about being one of the greats, with it being one of the highest grossing remakes of all time. It also won a MTV Movie award with Samara (Daveigh Chase) for Best Villain.

Ju-On: The Grudge was remade into what we now as The Grudge. In 2004, 2 years after the success of The Ring, The Grudge similarly wowed audiences as it became one of the greatest american remakes. This one staring a popular main actress who carried out her role perfectly in Sarah Michelle Galler. The film grossed a massive $187 mill on only a 10 mill budget. Although mixed reviews it also won 2 awards and was nominated for a staggering 10, including a MTV Movie award.

Although the Grudge fell short in grossings, it was nominated for more awards and it did this in a much smaller budget in comparison to The Ring. It’s only fair to say that The Grudge has had a greater film success, not to mention it’s sequels are a hell of a lot better than than that of Gore Verbinski’s.

The Grudge > The Ring

 Scare Factor:

The Ring has Samara. Samara! The Origin of nightmares, the very spark that ignited the fear of creepy dark haired girls in movies. She is the mother of this horror niche and i know for a fact more than one of my friends had nightmares over this creepy girl. On top of this, a few decent jump scares through disfigured victims make this film on of the world’s all time freakiest and scariest movies, and this is backed up by a plethora of nominations in media’s top 10 scariest movie lists. The Ring is terrifying.

The Grudge’s hair raising atmosphere and eerily low budget cinematography also made for one of the scariest movies ever. With time running out and the curse of death chasing the main character, what could be more terrifying then being scared, isolated and lost in a foreign country as a Japanese ghost haunts you. Nothing you could word would give it’s scares justice, just go watch it.

Despite both being haunting and downright some of the most terrifying movies ever produced within America, Samara being who she is and how nightmarish she is in her aestheticism, The Ring as a whole and their main character would even scare The Grudge.

The Ring > The Grudge

Influence:

As mentioned above, Samara and The Ring were trailblazing when they debuted. Creepy girls, the innovation to create a remake out of the very renowned Japanese horror scene. What Gore Verbinski created is something that horror movie directors became famous for, think Romero and Hitchcock, what Verbinski did with The Ring places him in good company.

The Grudge had a minor influence in comparison. It helped mould a genre and continually backed up the work of The Ring,  proving that intentional remakes would live on. It further cemented the notion that haunting horror’s will always be a crowd favourite.

Unfortunately The Grudge doesn’t match up with The Ring here. It helped usher in and support what The Ring did, but without The Ring, would we even have had The Grudge, i think not.

The Ring > The Grudge

Verdict:

Although the first and second category, could have gone down as ties, the overwhelmingly better received film The Grudge, may be a greater film in a holistic sense, but it was nor scarier, nor as impressive and authentic as The Ring due to what The Ring stood for. Both though will forever be remembered as the origin of both Japanese and international remakes.

The Ring > The Grudge

Friday Night Fright – August 11

The Dark Tower is upon us. Muschietti’s IT has been creating news almost daily, and every second place i look, Stephen King himself is being honoured. I myself am a fan of the novelist, him producing some of my favourite books. Therefore this week’s recommendations are going to be in similar taste, so lets take a walk down the perilous mind of one of the world’s all time horror writers.

 

Horror Buffs: Children of the Corn (1984) – Murderous cult of children, isolated farm town, award winning, and directed by a relatively unknown filmmaker at the time (Fritz Kiersch). One of King’s earlier works that didn’t carry as much weight as some of his other big titles has a unique plot that makes this worth a watch. Not over or underrated, but a film nonetheless that is often spoke about in reference but rarely for what it’s worth. Bad-ass liberation for teenage angst.

 

Beginners: The Shining (1980) – This is a no brainer. Undoubtedly the most well known, fan favourite and received horror adaptation of Stephen King’s work. Although King himself wasn’t impressed with the adaptation, the visual stimuli and the outstanding portrayal of the protagonist by Jack Nicholson is noteworthy.

 

Casual Fans: 1408 (2007) – With celeb actors in John Cusack and Samuel L Jackson, this fast paced crime/haunting horror has a sound plot and enough of a budget to wow you with it’s appearance for a 2007 film. One of the first cinematic released haunting movies to excite and spook fans.

 

‘The Gracefield Incident’ review

I hate doing negative reviews, especially when someone has worked so hard to usher their baby into this world, but writer, director, producer and star of this film, Matthieu Ratthe……..your film was a viewing conundrum.

A group of friends and family are searching for a fun time away in a secluded cabin in the woods of Quebec, Canada. Of course, something goes wrong. But this is where for one time only, i will take my hat off to Ratthe for being original. A meteorite slams into the woods nearby and following this an extraterrestrial being begins to haunt their every move. To survive and create something new there has been a cool additive, incorporating the unknown from outer space being his X factor, and i say that this idea is quite diverting when adding his own flavour, so for that cudos Ratthe.

Now, why this movie is both bizarre, puzzling and laughable is based solely around it’s production, because so far, the basic plot sounds pretty sound and standard right? It’s a hand held film, which usually gives us as fans a great POV scare factor, but unfortunately the acting is a bit broken and a lax of emotion, meansthe actual prompted scares are far from confronting. What’s cool and different is the main character, played by brainchild, Ratthe. His character Matthew Donovan has a prosthetic eye with a camera inserted inside of it, which makes for a cool little difference. Yet, the found footage adage relies heavily on scares and it’s realism, but with the acting, poor dialogue and really average voice overs/acting in this film, even in the stressing scenes it just seems droll.  On top of this, which does kill majority of the point, especially due to the last 40-50 minutes relying on scaring their audiences through chase scenes and deranged behaviour.

Although the outline sounds reasonable, the films natural path takes a sharp u-turn with an odd ending where we see an alien nestling an egg, everyone escaping safely, and a similar design in a crop field, reminiscent of Signs. With the final scene being Matthe and his partner, nursing their newborn child which has to do with the sub-text that is also very apparent one second, and not the next.

The movie jumps in and out of scare tactics and humorous dialogue, moves from a sci-fi to a haunting/paranormal sort of found footage film and is all over the shop. Why this movie is so in-explainable is due to it’s theme and sub-text overload. I wish this movie was better, i really do, but it just had me shaking my head one too many times to believe it really was worth watching.

5.5/10

‘Killing Ground’ review

Set in the secluded Australian wilderness, ‘Killing Ground’ is yet again another Australian horror that is sure to go unnoticed, but this evil game of cat and mouse is a must watch.

The plot of this slasher/action horror film surrounds a couple from metropolitan Australia in search of a secluded getaway in the outback to celebrate new years eve together. Unfortunately their stay goes sour when trouble hits their neighbouring party goers. The antagonists of the film, Chook (Aaron Glenane) and German (Aaron Pedersen), are devilish in their dialogue and actions. Both are played perfectly by the two actors and are much the reason the film carries so much authenticity. Rarely have i seen two killers been played with such validity and fear-inducing personas. This film doesn’t rely on the high budget effects of jump scares, CGI and the supernatural, the raw emotion and power of horror drawn from the eerie and flat out frightening context makes for one scary movie.

Directed and written by Damien Power (Peekaboo), the film showcases that horror can be both inviting and scary purely due to human behaviour. The duo’s lack of morality and disturbing congition are just as powerful and intimidating as any overpowered-super killer depicted in a lot of slasher and action horror films. It’s quick, thrilling and downright terryfing. Unfortunately you don’t fall in love with the main couple, but the emotional torture created by Chook and German helps you connect with them as much as possible. It makes you wonder, are their such people out there in the wilderness?

8/10

‘Friday the 13th: The Game’ physical copies have a release date

Horror movie games are few and far between and usually when they are created, they rarely live up to the hype us fans create. Horror games in general are amazing, and some of the great writers behind them deserve their own chance to create masterful movies, but i digress. The Friday the 13th game that we now all should have watched game play of is coming out in physical form.

The games tangible copy are set to be released to stores on October 13, a friday.

If you are yet too, watch some gameplay here.

 

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‘Dig Two Graves’ review

Hunter Adams and his story Dig Two Graves is a 2014 paranormal horror film that didn’t make its official release until March this year. Despite a relatively original story and a gloomy background, this story about a wayward teen who makes a deal with gypsies to bring her brother back from the grave is’t as exciting as it first sounds.

Jake Mather (Samantha Isler) is a 14 year old girl who happens to be the granddaughter of the town sheriff (Ted Levine), whose concerning past connects to the disappearance of his grandson, Sean. The link between the scene in the 40’s that the film opens up with and the conclusion of the film isn’t clean or overly significant, making for an an uneven story line that seems jumbled and confusing. Especially condescending the opening visuals comes across as pivotal part of the story. The film lacks scares and the only spooky aspect to this film is the trio of bum look alike gypsies who are potentially the most significant characters. Unfortunately once their mouths open, an inch of comedy appears to be attached to their dialogue, ruining what could have been a genuine hook in this film. The relative feeling of melancholy sits with you, which takes away a real sadness that should emit from the dramatic loss at the start of the film. The protagonist, Jake, puts in a solid acting performance, but with no character development and very little dialogue to follow, her character doesn’t draw on any of your emotions as you watch her fall victim to the cult..

All in all, Hunter Adams original debut has left us scratching our heads, with it’s broken story line and hollow characters. The gypsy cult angle has potential, and it gave me more excitement than any other aspect of the film’s themes but unfortunately, this anticipated horror film is worth skipping past on Netflix. For me it will also go down as one of the more disappointing films of the year.

5/10

New ‘IT’ trailer packed with jump scares

The new IT trailer looks as if it will scare the crap out of any one willing to go see it in cinemas this September. This morning, we were treated to the 2nd trailer of Muschietti adaptation of both the 80’s minis-series and Stephen King’s novel. Unlike the gloomy first trailer that looked to stem away from the overtired jump scares with it’s a promising smog of suspense and darkness, the second has been jam packed with contemporary scares. This is not to say the 2nd trailer is giving away the scariest moment of the film, but there is an overload of Bill Skasgard’s Pennywise and a loss of suspense that the first trailer promoted.

View the new addition here.