Tuesday, August 10, 2004

QUESTION: What's so scary about blondes?

In the United States, are we only capable of being scared when young blondes are in danger?

Naomi Watts is really scared of brown hair in The Ring

... or is it that we just don't like to read?

Sarah Michelle Gellar learns that the press found her old headshots in The Grudge

The Grudge, the US adaptation of Ju-On: The Grudge, hits theaters mere weeks before The Ring 2, the sequal to the 2002 US adaption of Ringu, another famous Japanese horror franchise.

Ju-On's plot mixes the classic horror senario of a young baby sitter/care taker but puts her in a haunted house, a house that has A GRUDGE (dunh, dunh, duh!). Lions Gate, who is responsible for the aquisition and the remake, released the Japanese original this summer to get people excited about there blonde-in-peril version this fall.

The Ring 2 on the other hand, is an original story springing from the adapted film. Instead of adapting the additional Ring films (Ringu 0, Ringu 2, and Rasen). I guess that means I can't see it again for the first time.

What's next? Everytime Hollywood finds a hit, they beat the genre until it's dead and cliche. The musical, the western, martial arts, and seemingly now, Japanese Horror. While I'll probably see both these films (huge fan of The Ring) I'm just going to sit back and wait for The Ring to find a nemisis like Dante's Peak is to Twister or Universal Soldier is to Terminator.

Poor Megumi Okina after learning Buffy was cast to play her!


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