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The Ring Ending Explained: Analog Anxieties And Murderous Mothers

Released in 2002, Gore Verbinski’s “The Ring” endures as a staple of teenage sleepover endurance testing. The very video that leaves a trail of deformed bodies in its wake is baked into the film itself, transforming the audience from impartial viewer to imminent victim of the cursed tape’s supernatural powers. An adaptation of the 1998 […]

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‘Ju-On: Origins’: Netflix Adapting ‘The Grudge’ Franchise into TV Series

Netflix subscribers are in for a horrifying surprise. The long-running “Ju-On” franchise, also known as “The Grudge,” is getting adapted into a television series that will hit the streaming service on July 3.Here’s the upcoming Japanese-language series’ synopsis, per Netflix: The J-horror classic franchise “Ju-On” was actually based on real events that occurred over four […]

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‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Leads Box Office As Sony Makes a Stand

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” leads the Top 10 for its third and probably final weekend, with a strong $451 million domestic and $1 billion worldwide. It led six films from only two companies — Disney and Sony, with three each — that captured the top six spots. That is unheard of.Sony took nos. […]

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‘Rise of Skywalker’ Tops $900M Globally, ‘Frozen 2’ #1 Animated Release All-Time & ‘Grudge’ Debuts with $11.3M

Disney domination continues as Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker leads the way domestically for the third straight weekend, topping $450 million domestically and over $900 million worldwide while Frozen II has now become the highest grossing animated release of all time worldwide reaching $1.325 billion worldwide. As for Sony’s new release of The Grudge, […]

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Holiday Box Office Winners and Losers, From ‘Star Wars’ to ‘Cats’

There’s little new to consider at the box office in the happy new year; low-budget horror reboot-of-a-remake “The Grudge” from Screen Gems is the sole new wide release this weekend. “Skywalker” will be #1, in the range of $30 million-$35 million (last weekend was $72 million), “Jumanji” second with $20 million-$25 million. “Little Women,” “Frozen […]

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‘The Grudge’ Review: Messy Reboot Only Succeeds at Further Killing Dead Franchise

Death isn’t dark enough for the haunted characters that populate the unwieldy “Grudge” franchise. Instead, it’s what happens after that’s worse, when the vengeful (and always very moist) spirits appear and attempt to exact cosmic-level revenge on whoever happens to be around. The fourth American film based on Takashi Shimizu’s wildly popular J-horror films functions […]

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