The Haunted Tape Returns in The Ring vs The Grudge

Posted 2016/09/16 6065 0

The film is an epic showdown featuring the two iconic demons, Sadako, the unstoppable ghost from the The Ring and Kayako, the vengeful ghost from the The Grudge, fighting each other in the ultimate battle of possession.


Set to screen at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival is Sadako vs Kayako (The Ring vs The Grudge), which pits the horror icons from both The Ring and The Grudge franchises in an epic battle along the lines of Freddy vs Jason. Although it has already hit theaters in Japan, the film will have its North American premiere at the festival as part of the festival's Midnight Madness genre program, before it debuts in the U.S. on the Shudder streaming platform later this year. The clip reveals that at least one big change was made from The Ring franchise mythology.

The Japanese supernatural horror film is directed by Koji Shiraishi (director of Carved: The Slit-Mouthed Woman, Grotesque), in which, the flick kicks off with two college students attending a lecture about urban legends where the geeky professor (Masahiro Komoto) gushes about how desperately he wants to get his hands on that Ringu VHS tape. Weird coincidence: one of those students (Aimi Satsukawa) needs to transfer her parents’ VHS tape to DVD and gets her friend (Mizuki Yamamoto) to help. They buy a dusty old VCR and... the deadly tape is inside, prompting an all new haunting from Sadako. Meanwhile there’s a high school girl (Tina Tamashiro) nearby who recently moved to a new house next to a creepy abandoned mansion. She finds herself inexplicably drawn to it and those pesky Grudge ghosts happen to be inside. The two parallel haunting tales come together when the college girls hire a wacky exorcist (Masanobu Ando) with a psychic blind kiddie sidekick (Maiko Kikuchi) and he decides that the only way to stop Sadako is to face her off against another cursed ghost with long stringy hair. 

Sadako vs. Kayako has already made an early impression in North America after a video of Sadako and Kayako participating in the ceremonial pitch of a baseball game, tied to the Japanese release of the film, went viral.

The film also features a supporting cast that includes Mizuki Yamamoto, Tina Tamashiro, Misato Tanaka, Masahiro Komoto, Masanobu Ando and Takako Fuji. We'll keep you posted with more updates on this horror movie as soon as they come in.