Andrea Riseborough in Screen Gems' THE GRUDGE. Photo courtesy: Screen Gems.

THE GRUDGE Set Visit: Bringing Past Grudges to the Present

Warning: This article contains spoilers for the upcoming film The Grudge. Read at your own risk!

Back in June 2018, we had the opportunity to visit the set of The Grudge, which took place in Winnipeg and rural Manitoba. We observed a chilling scene involving the talented Andrea Riseborough, who stars as Detective Muldoon. The atmosphere was isolated and sinister, creating the perfect ambiance for Muldoon to creak through the house, her firearm frantically probing this unknown area.

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This picture of journalists on The Grudge set includes writer Zena Dixon and co-editor-in-chief Alyse Wax.  

Let’s take a look back at 2004, when Takeshi Shimizu directed and co-wrote the American version of the supernatural thriller The Grudge. The film, based on the original Japanese film Ju-On: The Grudge (2002), completely broke out as a blockbuster hit among genre fans.   

The Grudge, directed by Nicolas Pesce and co-written by Jeff Buhler (Pet Semetery), is a separate story set around the same time as 2004’s The Grudge. However, it takes place in a small U.S. town instead of overseas in Tokyo. The Grudge (2020) is a reimagining that follows Detective Muldoon, who is investigating a gruesome backroads murder. Detective Muldoon’s partner Detective Goodman assures her that there is no connection to the previously grisly case at the same address, Detective Muldoon has her own secrets to investigate, involving a series of horrifying events that has one thing in common: the house. 

The grudge is born in this house where a terrible tragedy unfolded and now everybody who encounters the house is affected. The story takes place with three distinct chapters, with three distinct crucial characters in different time periods in the life of this house, and the narratives are chopped up so that you go back and forth between the different storylines and in each one you learn a little bit more about the other story. And as we go back and forth the plot thickens and then finally we understand what really happened here.”  

– Schuyler Weiss, executive producer, The Grudge 

The Grudge stars Demian Bichir (The Nun), Andrea Riseborough (Mandy), John Cho (The Exorcist series), Lin Shaye (Insidious: The Last Key), Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook), Betty Gilpin (Glow), William Sadler (Power), and Frankie Faison (The Good Wife).

Synopsis: A house is cursed by a vengeful ghost that dooms those who enter it with a violent death. 

The Grudge is set to hit theaters January 3rd, 2020.

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Written by Zena Dixon

In addition to contributing to Dread Central, Zena Dixon has been writing about all things creepy and horrific for over six years at She has always loved horror films and will soon be known directing her own feature-length horror.

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