SADAKO VS KAYAKO: New Trailer Promises Ghost On Ghost Showdown

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SADAKO VS KAYAKO: New Trailer Promises Ghost On Ghost Showdown

Here's the surprising thing about upcoming Japanese horror film Sadako vs Kayako: It looks like they made an actual movie, one that not only stands on its own terms but also appears to have significantly better production value than the most recent entries in the Ring and Grudge series that spawned it. Not only that, but it looks like a ton of fun.

Let us recap for the unfamiliar:

Back in 1998 Nakata Hideo directed Ringu (The Ring). Adapted from a popular novel it tells the story of a cursed video tape that will unleash the inevitable, unstoppable wrath of a ghost named Sadako when watched. The film became a monster international hit, both spawning a hit US remake and triggering what became known as the J-horror movement worldwide.

Two years later, in 2000, a former understudy of Kurosawa Kiyoshi by the name of Shimizu Takashi released a pair of super low budget straight to video offerings titled Ju-On: The Curse and Ju-On: The Curse 2. The preise was, again, simple. An angry spirit named Kayako - along with her equally angry and equally dead son, Toshio - remain in the house where they were killed and when someone enters into that house they become the target of Kayako's curse, which then spreads by contact. Simple, yes, but also scary as hell and when these early video offerings spawned a higher budget theatrical version in 2002 Ju-On - known internationally as The Grudge - exploded on the international scene becoming arguably the largest and best known of the J-horror franchises fueled by its own iconic female ghost. For those keeping score, director Shimizu has essentially made this exact same film six times including the first straight to video offering, which has got to be some sort of record.

Both Ringu and Ju-On triggered long running series (with a bit of googling you can find video of Sadako throwing out the first pitch at a Japanese baseball game in a PR stunt for one of her solo spin off films) which now collide in Sadako vs Kayako in which, you guessed it, video tape ghost and house ghost clash. A brand new trailer has just released for the film showcasing the most footage that we've seen yet and quite a lot of ghost on ghost stare down so if you had any concerns that this would end up being a film that happened to feature both ghosts as opposed to a feature in which the pair of them actually come into direct conflict, those fears would appear to be misplaced. Take a look below!

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ManateeAdvocateApril 22, 2016 11:30 AM

Hell yeah! That looks like loads of fun and I love both series.

Also, I had no idea about the ceremonial pitch. Thanks for that. Awesome

wagnerfilmApril 24, 2016 6:14 AM

Still a better love story than...

One-EyeApril 24, 2016 8:43 PM

Thanks, Obama.

One-EyeApril 24, 2016 8:46 PM

I hate the JU-ON movies but this does look like is good bit of fun.

I'd still prefer another RING sequel that follows the slow, creepy tone of the original, instead of building it around jump scares.

ZetobeltApril 25, 2016 10:31 AM

I love both RINGU and JU-ON. This is gonna be FUN!

Marcel SamsonApril 25, 2016 4:01 PM

I just want the toys they show at the end!

LysanderApril 26, 2016 10:40 AM

Someone help me out, please. Is the plot that one or both of the women in the trailer get cursed by one of the ghosts, and they think the solution is to get cursed a second time so the two ghosts cancel each other out?

Is there a subtitled version of this trailer out yet? It looks cool and I'd like to watch the movie anyway, but I'd still like to see what everyone is saying.

Cedric Koh Wen WeiJune 21, 2016 11:45 AM

I already watched the movie in my country and the plot is horrible. They use way too many cheap scares and horror movie cliches. I will just reveal a little info from the plot. Basically, two girls watch Sadako's cursed videotape. They will die if they do not find a way to lift a curse. Meanwhile, a highschool girl moves next door to the house where Kayako's spirits resides. The movie then finds a way to connect both stories togther.

Mister SmithJuly 5, 2016 3:40 AM

You're probably one of those faggots who loves the American versions of those movies!

Mister SmithJuly 5, 2016 3:40 AM

You're welcome Hitler!

One-EyeJuly 5, 2016 3:41 AM

U mad, bro?

One-EyeJuly 5, 2016 3:43 AM

It was a meme responding to a meme, shithead.