CS visits director Grudge by director Nick Pesce
Was anyone asking for a remake of The Grudge? Director Nick Pesce was, as we learned on a visit to his entry into The Grudge franchise.
"I'm a big fan of the franchise, especially the original Japanese movies, the Ju-On movies," shared the director. “When Hollywood started doing more reboots and remakes, I saw an interesting opportunity with The Grudge franchise. In the Japanese series, the stories are not sequels, it is an anthology. Every movie is a different family, a different crime, different stories. I thought there was a good opportunity not to be forced to do a remake or a reboot, but just make a new Grudge movie. A new series of characters, a new crime. The amazing thing about The Grudge is that it is very rule-based. There are some important things every Grudge movie needs. The second you enter the house, you are grudgingly. It's kind of chapters and stories are out of order. It is not linear. So that we could take all of those features that were continuous in every movie of The Grudge, and create our own story and not be ruining The Grudge's canon. This is just another part of The Grudge's story, in The Grudge myths. As a big fan of this, it seemed like a more interesting way to reinvigorate the franchise. "
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Pesce promised that his participation in The Grudge franchise would not be a "Americanized terrorism" movie. “I think as a fan of J-horror, a lot of it is associated with my sensibilities. But just as much of the late 1990s, early 2000s remakes were trying to do the same thing as J horror movies, or at least using what became popular in J horror movies, there are definitely nods. that kind of stuff. We have come to the point of referring to the original Japanese case that started the entire franchise. But we are not trying to make a J-horror movie. "
They told us nothing about the movie's plot on the set, which is unusual and makes it difficult to write an interesting report. Andrea Riseborough plays Detective Muldoon, Demian Bichir Detective Goodman's new city partner, and they are investigating murders surrounding a house.
Bichir talked to us about the scene we watched him film. “This is a really difficult time. I am trying to rescue my partner, my friend Wilson, from his own depression. He's been going to a dark zone lately. I've been looking for him, up the stairs at the police station. My other co-worker just told me he's down here. So I'm coming down here to get you out of this darkness – at least I'm trying.
"I'm Detective Goodman and I'm dealing with this thing called The Grudge, which seems to be affecting everyone since we had this affair in that house. Somehow, I knew I didn't want to come in. I felt there was something weird about it. I So we deal with it, but at the same time, I think this thing we call grudge is also their own fears, their own demons and ghosts, and they affect everyone differently. many different ways. ”
At the time, Riseborough told us she was still discovering her character, but said the big selling point for her to join the movie was Nick Pesce. "At first, I really had no idea how we were going to redo the franchise. It's the first incarnation, it was so dark, so mysterious, so underground. In its second incarnation, it was really different. I was interested in hearing what we would do differently. Nick had no interest in making it a genre movie that was interrupted by the pitfalls of the common genre formula. He just wanted to make a movie. Nick has a very clear vision, he's a great helmsman, is very kind, funny and I have no interest in working with manic and selfish idiots.
Pesce promised that the film will definitely be "horrible," but the horror comes more from the consequences of violence than from the violence itself. "I always believed that the public mind would make it much scarier than anything I could do with makeup or on the screen. For me, it's about the audience putting pieces together and filling in the gaps. Whether it's stories or violence, in True, we don't show violence, but we show what happens next and what it looks like when it's all set in. It allows you to fill in the gaps in your own unique way and make these images for yourself. ”
Another promise? That the use of practical effects will far exceed the use of computer graphics. “For me, the fun of horror movies is the practical effects. In Rancor's original films, their ghost is a woman with Kabuki makeup and she is a contortionist. There is so much more charm and it is so much more effective when the thing is there, being illuminated by the same light … it seems a lot more tactile. Be it the ghost or the blood, nothing looks better than real life. It's not the 80's anymore with bad wax prostheses. We can do things that look incredibly realistic. I think it's a more throaty reaction to the audience.
“When we get into our full phantom modes, we're dealing with really elaborate animatronic prostheses that are something that people really don't do anymore. For me, my taste for horror depends on more vintage stuff. There are pieces that honor the bigger and slightly more eccentric things from the horror past, but also brutally realistic things. Playing in this world is much more to my taste. It's fun for me to play with masks and light these things up and make them as scary as possible, instead of saying, "Yeah, let's fix that in the post." I think the end result is that it will be much scarier. "
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Co-written by Pesce and Jeff Buhler, The Grudge will hit theaters on January 3, 2020.