Sadako vs Kayako (Ring vs Grudge) Review (2016)


The Story

The story is pretty simple. A battle takes place between Sadako, Japanese ghost known as Ring, and Kayako, Japanese ghost also know as Ju-On or Gudge.

The Review (Spoiler Free)

Sadako and Kayako are two blockbuster mythological ghosts in Japan.  Now they are battling each other.  Sadako vs Kayako is almost like Michael Myers vs. Jason. It is also most like Alien vs Predador or King King vs Godzilla. It is a big deal.

Initially, I was wonder how they are going to set up the story so that they get to fight each other.  But I must admit, the story makes sense and it worked for me.

The movie is not perfect but it brings out the best of each ghosts and makes an entertaining horror flick. It has enough scary scenes to creep you out and make you jump.

The movie did changes some rules for Sadako (aka Ring).  In Ring story, when the victum watches the cursed video, it show quick cut of creepy images and eventually the creepy well where the Sadako ghost comes out of.  In original Ring, you can a phone call after you watches the video and dies after 7 days.  Only way to save yourself from Ring curse is copy the video and show to other.

Sadak in this movie, has different rules.  The cursed video has creepy room with a door instead of the well and the Sadako comes out of the door way.  Soon as you watched the video, phone rings and you die in 2 days instead of 7 days.  Also copying the video and showing other does not work here in this movie.  I am not sure why they changed the rules but it does throw things off if you are keeping track of all the rules.

The movie mostly follows the story line of Sadako but eventually at the end, the story comes together nicely.

The ending isn’t mind blowing, but it is satisfying.  It sets up for possible sequel.  At this point, I am not sure if they are going to make one or not.

In the Nutshell

If you are a fan of Japanese ghost Rings and Grudge, this movie is for you.  It is not perfect but it is still very entertaining. I give 4 out of 5 stars.

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Genre: Japanese Ghost

Rotten Tomato Rating: 53% / 34%

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