John Cho, Betty Gilpin Play A Couple Who Must Reverse “The Grudge”

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(Watch the film’s new spot at https://youtu.be/kI5YuNln8e4.)

The Grudge presupposes that when someone dies in the grip of a powerful rage, a curse is born. The curse gathers in the place of death, and those who encounter it will be consumed by its fury. In the film, that place of death is the Reyburn house.

The first person to enter the Reyburn house after the previous murders there (and the establishment of the curse) is Peter Spencer (Cho). Peter and his wife, Nina (Gilpin), have a local real estate business together. Both in their early 40s, they put off becoming parents, and now that Nina has found herself pregnant, they must face the prospect of parenthood.

Cho, often known for comedic roles, was immediately taken with the script and the story. “These sorts of adult situations, kind of real life horrors, are absent in cinema right now,” he informs. “This felt like an adult role. And the rest of the cast are grownups. It felt like, with the help of the genre, we were telling a story that just is not being told in movies today. It felt fresh, it felt grounded, and I thought it was a subversive way to do it. And I just thought that was cool.”

Gilpin’s character, Nina, is “a really challenging role,” says producer Schuyler Weiss, “because she is a woman wrestling with a very difficult, real world decision, about trying to have a child and all the stress and anxiety that goes with that, and not being on the same page as her spouse. And she is ultimately the victim of the Grudge, through her husband. But Betty was able to make this character so much more than just a victim in the story. You’re really drawn into her drama. She makes Nina a three-dimensional character, which makes it much more powerful when the Spencer family tragedy happens.”

Cho agrees. “She makes very truthful, unusual choices, and I just believe her as someone who’s struggling with motherhood. And it’s tough to play, but she does it well, her intense, competing desires of wanting to be a mother and not wanting to be a mother. I see the pain in her, as she’s struggling with the guilt. She’s just great.”

The Grudge is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Connect with the hashtag #TheGrudge

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