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Sony's 'Grudge' vignette features the return of a familiar curse

GregHarmon GregHarmon Managing Editor Odds that John Cho and Lin Shaye make it out of this reboot unGrudged?

The Grudge - Featurette - In Theaters January 31, 2020

If you've been following closely, then it’s probably fair to speculate - based on EW’s first look images, the first trailer, MPAA’s R-rating and now, Sony’s latest featurette - that 2020’s Grudge is going to unleash one hell of a vengeful curse on everybody not name Andrea Riseborough.

This week, Sony dropped an expository-filled “Vignette” featuring new clips along with commentary from producer Sam Raimi, writer and director Nicolas Pesce, and stars Demián Bichir, Lin Shaye, and John Cho. While Bichir, Cho, and Shaye do their best to sell it short and sweet, the big reveal here is that 2020's film will indeed coexist during the same timelines as Sarah Michelle Gellar's Japan-based remake - but set in America. More importantly, it appears that we’ll see the return of original series Onryo a/k/a vengeful spirit, Kayako Saeki played by newcomer Junko Bailey.

As seen in the clip (with screenshot below) actress Tara Westwood is see leaving the suburban Tokyo home where Kayako and her young son Toshio were murdered. Could this be how the curse makes its way to America?

Sarah Michelle Gellar in 'The Grudge' 2004
Sarah Michelle Gellar in 'The Grudge' 2004
Tara Westwood 'The Grudge' 2020
Tara Westwood 'The Grudge' 2020

The newest chapter in the Grudge saga follows Andrea Riseborough as a cop who is investigating a seemingly-unexplainable case that leads her to a house that is cursed by a vengeful ghost. The film, much like its series predecessors, will interweave a tapestry of three different storylines over the course of different timelines.

Sony's ‘Grudge’ was originally slated to hit theaters on August 16. Sony then bumped up the release to June 21 but after lackluster test screenings, Sony decided to send the Grudge back into the depths of theatrical purgatory for a January 3, 2020 release.

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GregHarmon GregHarmon Managing Editor

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