NYCC: The Grudge (2020) debuts new footage and the cast teases lots of gore

Lin Shaye and Tara Westwood in Screen Gems' THE GRUDGE.
Lin Shaye and Tara Westwood in Screen Gems' THE GRUDGE. /

NYCC is going on this weekend, and during The Grudge (2020) panel, the stars of the film discussed just how terrifying the twisted remake will be.

If you’ve ever seen the original Grudge films, whether it be the Japanese movie Ju-On: The Grudge or the American remake starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, you know how terrifying these movies are. Next year we’re getting a brand new take on The Grudge brought to us by horror master Sam Raimi and director Nicolas Pesce.

During The Grudge panel at NYCC, Raimi, Pesce, and film stars Betty Gilpin, Andrea Riseborough, and Lin Shaye assembled to tease what to expect from the next chapter.

For starters, unlike its predecessors, The Grudge (2020) will be R-rated. Sam Raimi has been itching to make a twisted R-rated Grudge movie for years. His hope has always been to push the concept to its limits without needed to adhere to censors.

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As for director Nicolas Pesce, he’s been itching to make movies and work with Raimi since he attended the Comic-Con panel for the 2013 Evil Dead remake. It sounds like Raimi and Pesce were a match made in heaven for this film, and luckily, we won’t have to wait much longer for the movie to make its grand debut. The Grudge will hit theaters on January 3, 2020.

On-screen, the movie stars big names like Betty Gilpin and Lin Shaye. They discussed what it was like to work with Sam on crafting the film. Betty Gilpin calls it the “most disturbing thing she’s ever seen” in one panel. Meanwhile, Shaye discusses how well Sam Raimi understands how to create fear visually and auditorially, plus his intentions to scare the pants off the audience. Count me in!

You can expect the new version of The Grudge to be much scarier and much gorier than the originals. The creators also teased the new film will be something of a puzzle for audiences to figure out. The movie will pay homage to the original while building on new ground. We also know the new film will take place in America, where the Grudge has immigrated.

At NYCC, footage from the movie was debuted to audiences in attendance. The clip shows Shaye’s character, Faith Matheson, horrifically bloodied and possessed.

Check out one of the first-look photos for the upcoming movie:

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Demián Bichir and Tara Westwood in Screen Gems’ THE GRUDGE. /

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The Grudge will begin playing in theaters on January 3, 2020.