The Grudge ★★★★★

Finally, a real horror movie. Not that bourgeois A24 cosplay stuff. It's the only one out of the American takes to understand and convey the existential, rotting psychic dread that the original Japanese classic so throughly and dismayingly wrought onto audiences. And, ever subtly, it has something strong to express regarding our country, which is decaying inside out from economic fallout due to mass privatization and large-scale institutional apathy. Everywhere you go, there seems to be people dying from illness, diseases of despair, murder, poverty, and outright neglect. In America, nearly everyone is alone, sad, angry, distraught, and destitute. It only makes sense they would hold a grudge.