The Grudge hit theaters this weekend, to the thrill of mainly nobody. While it might not appear a lot completely different than any of the opposite horror franchise remakes on the market, it’s simply earned a singular distinction: it’s one of many few movies to earn an F score on CinemaScore. Yeah. Apparently it’s that unhealthy.
CinemaScore is a market analysis agency that focuses on gathering knowledge from moviegoers. Since 1979, they’ve been surveying movie audiences everywhere in the nation and asking them to present letter grades to the films they see. It’s mainly like a film report card. To date, simply 20 movies have held the unlucky distinction of receiving an F — the bottom grade attainable.
In common, it looks as if horror movies are usually the probably to be leveled with this rating by audiences. The Grudge joins different horror movies Lost Souls, Darkness, Fear Dot Com, Alone within the Dark, Wolf Creek, Bug, The Wicker Man, Silent House, and The Devil Inside within the F-rating corridor of disgrace.
The first movie to earn an F score was 1999’s Eye of the Beholder. Since then, Dr. T and the Women, Lucky Numbers, Solaris, In the Cut, I Know Who Killed Me, Disaster Movie, The Box, and Killing Them Softly additionally rounded out the checklist.
The final film to earn an F score earlier than The Grudge was Darren Aronofsky’s wildly controversial Mother! The CinemaScore score for the Jennifer Lawrence-led psychological thriller was notably intriguing, for the reason that divisive movie was championed by some movie critics. The identical can’t be mentioned for The Grudge. It’s been largely eviscerated by critics, who’ve complained that the movie is so not scary that it’s humorous. It at the moment holds simply 19% approval on Rotten Tomatoes.
It shouldn’t come as a shock that The Grudge wasn’t an enormous hit with audiences. Nicolas Pesce’s reboot of Takashi Shimizu’s 2004 remake of his personal 2002 horror movie Ju-On: The Grudge wasn’t actually one thing that anybody requested for. January isn’t normally a time when the typical moviegoer seeks out a horror film to start with. Even a few of the folks concerned with the collection weren’t enthusiastic about The Grudge hitting theaters. It was held from theaters for over a 12 months after the producer of the unique The Grudge filed a lawsuit after he alleged that he’d been denied a producer credit score.
But it’s one factor for a film to be poorly acquired by audiences, and completely for it to be universally disliked on such a degree that it looks as if nobody likes it. Given the shortage of a constructive response, it’s unlikely that The Grudge will usher in a brand new period for the franchise. That is, except they’re trying to make probably the most unliked collection in cinema historical past.