Two hit horror franchises collide in Sadako vs. Kayako, which pits the villains from The Ring and The Grudge franchises up against one another in a battle to the death. On tap right here we have the first clip from the Kōji Shiraishi-directed mash-up courtesy of Vulture.
The flick was released in Japanese theaters back in June, and it’s soon headed to the “horror Netflix” streaming platform Shudder.
Sadako vs. Kayako Release Details:
Shudder, the premium horror streaming service backed by AMC Networks, has picked up all North American rights to Sadako vs. Kayako, the crossover of the massive Japanese horror film franchises Ring (remade in the United States as The Ring) and Ju-on (known as The Grudge in the U.S.). The film is an epic showdown featuring the two iconic demons fighting each other in the ultimate battle of possession.
A Japanese supernatural horror film directed by Koji Shiraishi (director of Carved: The Slit-Mouthed Woman, Grotesque), Sadako vs. Kayako is a crossover of the long-running and massively popular Ring and Ju-on series of films – and marks the 14th film for the Ring series and the 12th film in the Ju-on series.
After viewing a legendary cursed videotape, Natsumi (Aimi Satsukawa) discovers she has only two days before she will be killed by the demonic entity known as Sadako. The only way to break the curse: pitting the demon Sadako against Kayako, an accursed spirit possessing a haunted house where everyone who enters disappears.
Sadako vs. Kayako has already made an early impression in North America after a video of Sadako and Kayako participating in the ceremonial pitch of a baseball game, tied to the Japanese release of the film, went viral. The excitement and anticipation around the next installment in both franchises will soon extend to Shudder members later this year.
The film will have a festival run throughout the autumn and will get a multi-platform release in late 2016, when it will stream exclusively on Shudder.