While January may seem like an odd time to introduce the world to the next era of The Grudge, the new trailer for director Nicolas Pesce's continuation of the supernatural horror franchise shows some serious promise.
Per the official Sony Pictures synopsis, this Grudge centers on the experience of a young detective and single mother (Andrea Riseborough) who uncovers some fatal-as-fuck cursery at a house in her neighborhood. As one might guess, Riseborough's Detective Muldoon then spends the rest of the film trying to save as many people as possible (her son included) from imminent doom.
John Cho, Demián Bichir, Betty Gilpin, and Lin Shaye, also star in the latest take on Takashi Shimizu's Ju-On: The Grudge. Look for the theatrical experience to begin at a facility near you on Jan. 3, 2020. Also, do note the relief that this carries an R rating.
Speaking with SlashFilm earlier this year, Pesce—whose most recent directorial feature is the acclaimed Piercing—looked ahead to how making the leap to a major studio production might temporarily alter his methodology.
"Piercing came at a very particular point for me where I had made Eyes of my Mother and also the fact that I got the job directing The Grudge for Sony," Pesce said in February. "So I knew that I was going from this tiny, tiny movie to my first studio movie and the investors from my first movie wanted to make another one and studio movies take much longer than indie movies do."
At the time, Pesce added, he wanted to "get one more movie in" that's "unabashedly me" before entering the Grudge-iverse.
The most recent Grudge movie, meanwhile, is the 2009 Toby Wilkins-directed sequel The Grudge 3. Though the response to the film was far from good, the excitement surrounding Pesce's franchise-reviving entry has remained palpable.