The case for watching horror, as made by someone who used to hate it


Some won’t do musicals and others have a distaste for romance, but horror might be the only genre with which a large percentage of the population simply refuses to engage. While plenty of us like a good ghost story, within any random group of five or six people you’ll probably find at least one respondent to whom the…


‘Grudge’ Will Go Earlier In Summer 2019

ajfkjsh Nicolas Pesce’s Grudge is now scheduled to go earlier next summer, on June 21, instead of Aug. 16. It’s a testament to Sony’s faith in the movie in an effort to get the widest audience possible. That’s not to say that horror doesn’t work when kids have one foot in school, and one foot at the beach in mid-August: Sony’s Screen Gems title Don’t Breathe was a smash in mid August as well as New Line’s Annabelle: Creation.  On its new day, Grudge will be counterprogramming to…

Producer Of Original ‘Grudge’ Files Breach Of Contract Suit Against Good Universe’s Remake

ajfkjsh The Nicolas Pesce-directed remake of The Grudge has hit a speed bump. Taka lchise, the producer of the original Japanese Grudge franchise titled Ju-on, has filed a breach of contract suit saying that Good Universe refused to allow him to produce. The claim, which was filed at the Los Angeles Superior Court on July 30, says that Good Universe acquired the right to develop the next installment of The Grudge on the condition Ichise be given a producer credit and paid an…

‘Grudge’: Jacki Weaver, Betty Gilpin, William Sadler & Frankie Faison Join Sony’s Reimagining

ajfkjsh EXCLUSIVE: Sony is firming up the cast for its remake of The Grudge with the addition of two-time Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver, Betty Gilpin, star of the Netflix series GLOW, William Sadler, and Frankie Faison. The group joins previously announced cast Andrea Riseborough, Demian Bichir, John Cho and Lin Shaye as filming is scheduled to start in May. Nicolas Pesce is attached to helm the piece, a reimagining to 2004 version (based on the 2002 Japanese original Ju-on) that…

Sony Adds Tom Hanks’ ‘Greyhound’ & Nicolas Pesce’s ‘The Grudge’ To 2019 Slate

ajfkjsh Sony has added Playtone’s Greyhound and The Grudge reboot to its 2019 release schedule. Both titles are from Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquistions. Directed by Aaron Schneider and starring and written by Tom HanksGreyhound will open on April 5, 2019 and be up against Warner Bros./New Line’s Shazam!. Deadline first broke the news about Hanks’ attachment to the material and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions taking global from FilmNation following Hanks’ success with Sully…

‘Insidious’ Star Lin Shaye Joins ‘The Grudge’ Reimagining (EXCLUSIVE)

ajfkjsh Lin Shaye, who is best known as the medium Elise in the “Insidious” franchise, is moving over to a new horror classic. She is set to join Sony’s “The Grudge” reimagining. Andrea Riseborough and Demian Bichir will star in the new movie, with John Cho also on board. Nicolas Pesce is directing the horror pic from […]

‘Grudge’ Reimagining Taps John Cho (EXCLUSIVE)

ajfkjsh John Cho has joined Demian Bichir and Andrea Riseborough in Sony’s “The Grudge” reimagining. Nicolas Pesce is directing the horror pic from his own script. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions recently acquired worldwide rights to the film. SPWA, Ghost House, and Good Universe last collaborated on Fede Alvarez’s thriller “Don’t Breathe.” Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert will […]

They’re redoing The Grudge again, this time with an American setting


The J-horror craze that swept the United States after the release of The Ring faded fairly quickly, but not before bringing us The Grudge, a remake of Japanese horror movie Ju-on: The Grudge. The American remake was produced by Sam Raimi and starred Sarah Michelle Gellar, and it’s probably best remembered for…


‘The Grudge’: Demian Bichir, Andrea Riseborough to Star in Horror Reimagining (EXCLUSIVE)

ajfkjsh Demian Bichir and Andrea Riseborough will star in Sony’s new take on the horror classic “The Grudge.” Nicolas Pesce is on board to direct from his own script. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions recently picked up worldwide rights to the film. SPWA, Ghost House, and Good Universe last collaborated on the hit thriller “Don’t Breathe.” Sam […]

Andrea Riseborough Circling Sony’s ‘The Grudge’, Amazon-Sky Mini ‘Zero Zero Zero’

ajfkjsh EXCLUSIVE: Andrea Riseborough is circling two more projects, we’re hearing: a role in Sony’ remake of The Grudge with Nicolas Pesce aboard to direct, and in the Amazon-Sky miniseries Zero, Zero, Zero, being helmed directed by Gomorrah ‘s Stefano Sollima. Pesce is rewriting and directing The Grudge for Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures. It’s a new take on the 2004 pic (itself based on the 2002 Japanese original Ju-on), which starred Sarah Michelle Gellar as a nurse in Tokyo…

‘The Grudge’ Reboot Taps ‘Eyes of My Mother’ Director Nicolas Pesce

ajfkjsh Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures and Good Universe have hired Nicolas Pesce to direct its reboot of “The Grudge.” Pesce, who made his feature directorial debut last year on the horror vehicle “The Eyes of My Mother,” will also rewrite the script from Jeff Buhler. The reboot began development in 2014. The producers are Raimi,... Read more »

‘The Grudge’ Reboot Gets Nicolas Pesce To Direct For Ghost House

ajfkjsh EXCLUSIVE: Nicolas Pesce has been set to rewrite and direct The Grudge reboot for Ghost House Pictures. Pesce, who made his directorial debut on the critically acclaimed 2016 Sundance pic The Eyes Of My Mother, will resuscitate the Takashi Shimazu-directed 2004 film that helped establish the viability of low-cost genre films. The new film is based on a script by Midnight Meat Train scribe Jeff Buhler, and it will be produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Taka Ichise. Roy…

Most Chilling ‘American Horror Story: Roanoke’ Shout-Outs to Scary Classics, Past Seasons (Photos)


“American Horror Story” has been known to reference plenty of horror movies in past seasons, but the sixth season of the series adds something new to the callbacks. More than any other season, “American Horror Story Roanoke” has made numerous references to past “AHS” tales, all of which Ryan Murphy promises are hinting towards the series’ entire mythos being woven together. Here are the best references we’ve found on “AHS Roanoke” so far, whether they be cinematic, factual, or tied to the “AHS” timeline.

Upon arriving in North Carolina, Matt and Shelby encounter some creepy hillbillies that in episode 5 are revealed to be cannibals that are allowed to stay on The Butcher’s land in exchange for providing sacrifices. Such country connoisseurs of man-flesh have been a common/”>common type of foe in horror films, namely the 70s classics “The Hills Have Eyes” and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”

In episode 2, Shelby and Lee discover a room decorated with dozens of wooden stick figures, and a larger version of the stick figure is seen out in the woods on several occasions. This is a nod to “The Blair Witch Project,” where such wooden figures are signs of the Blair Witch’s presence and, as discovered in the 2016 sequel, can also work as voodoo dolls.

Episode 3 sees Matt’s niece, Flora, begin to talk about an imaginary friend named Priscilla who threatens to kill them all. This is very similar to “The Amityville Horror,” a film that “AHS” has regularly used for inspiration. In that movie, the family’s five-year-old daughter creates an imaginary friend named Jodie…who’s a pig demon.

And speaking of pigs, one of the most common haunts The Butcher sends after Matt and Shelby is a vicious killer in a pig mask. Pig masks have been featured in several horror movies, such as the 1980 cult classic “Motel Hell.” But perhaps the most famous use of pig masks comes from the “Saw” series, as Jigsaw and his acolytes use pig masks while kidnapping victims for his deadly games.

In episode 5, Matt and Shelby are attacked by the ghosts of past residents who were killed by The Butcher. One of these is a Chinese girl who kidnaps Flora and takes her away. The Chinese girl has been transformed into a pale, wall-crawling demon similar to Kayako in “The Grudge.”

Episode 5 also has one of the most horrifying moments in “AHS” history, when the hillbilly matriarch shatters Shelby’s leg with a sledgehammer. This crippling move was infamously used in the film “Misery” by psychotic superfan Annie Wilkes, playing by “AHS” veteran Kathy Bates.

Now for this season’s many, many references to seasons past. First, there is the concept of a house possessed by the spirits of those who have been murdered while taking residence there. It has played a major role in Matt and Shelby’s tale, and it also lies at the core of the first “AHS” season, “Murder House.”

Next, we meet two of the house’s more murderous former tenants: a pair of nurses who turned the house into a convalescent home and killed five of their patients. These characters were based on an actual murder trial and also double as a nod to the medical abuses that occurred in Briarcliff on “AHS Asylum.”

In Episode 3, we meet an eccentric medium named Cricket, played by Leslie Jordan. Jordan’s only other appearance on “AHS” was in its third season, “Coven.” Cricket also mentions driving to North Carolina from New Orleans, where “Coven” takes place.

Matt and Shelby’s house was first created in the late 1700s by the mentally disturbed art fanatic Edward Mott, who ends up helping the protagonists escape The Butcher as a ghost. Edward Mott is the ancestor of Dandy Mott, one of the main villains in “AHS Freak Show.”

Finally, the “My Roanoke Nightmare” portion of this season concludes with our protagonists checking into a hotel after escaping The Butcher. It’s a reference to last year’s season, “Hotel,” meaning that “AHS Roanoke” has referenced all five seasons that came before it.



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