We all like ghost stories and can probably recall being told them as children. Something about ghost stories is fascinating and creepy all at the same time. Most ghost stories involve the entities just haunting people to scare them, but that is not the case in The Grudge. As you can probably guess from the title, these ghosts were here to do more than rattle chains. It all takes place in a house in Japan, one that is haunted by the spirits of a family who was brutally murdered by their father before he took his own life. It is said in Japan that if a violent death occurs that the spirit is doomed to remain in that place. When a new family moves into this particular house, they do not know that it is already occupied by some deadly spirits. A social worker ends up missing and Sarah Michelle Gellar is sent to this house as a substitute. What she encounters is terror. The filmmaking here was well done, although the story dragged quite a bit in my opinion. The cheap scare tactics were there and as always... children are just plain creepy and evil. If you liked films like The Ring, then you will probably enjoy this one... although not as much. Not one of my favorite films, as it left me hanging a little storywise... but still a recommended rental.