John Cho will never shower the same way again. In the first trailer for “The Grudge,” we see a demon hand grow out of his head and take hold of his scalp as he’s shampooing his hair.
It’s one of several startling moments in the first trailer for the film, which Sony’s Screen Gems is releasing at the beginning of next year.
Andrea Riseborough, Betty Gilpin, Lin Shaye, William Sadler, Jackie Weaver and Demián Bichir round out an impressive cast, which is a remake of both the Japanese horror film “Ju-On: The Grudge” from Takashi Shimizu and an American version in 2004.
Nicolas Pesce directs the new take that instills a violent curse from a vengeful ghost upon anyone who sets foot in the house that it haunts. Pesce co-wrote the story with Jeff Buhler.
“The Grudge” is produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Taka Ichise and is executive produced by Nathan Kahane, Erin Westerman, Brady Fujikawa, Andrew Pfeffer, Roy Lee, Doug Davison, John Powers Middleton and Schuyler Weiss.
The American remake of “The Grudge” grossed $187.2 million worldwide and spawned two sequels. The new film opens on Jan. 3, 2020. Watch the first trailer for the film above.
All 44 Stephen King Movies, Ranked Worst to Best (Photos)
Where does “Doctor Sleep” place among the many big-screen adaptations of the horror master’s work?
Stephen King isn't just an author by this point: He's an institution, a legacy of classic horror stories that capture our imaginations, fuel our nightmares, and speak -- when he's at his best -- to our shared experiences as flawed, emotional beings. The best King stories scare so many of us that we all feel connected, and even the worst are usually pretty fun.
King's books and short stories quickly became hit movies, many of them celebrated in their time, and some flopped so hard that hardly anybody remembers them. Cataloguing every adaptation might be a fool's errand, so we made some tough choices and decided to focus only on his theatrical releases.
And even then, there are so many King adaptations that it gets tricky. The sequels to King's work rarely have anything to do with the source material, so they're all disqualified (even though some, like Larry Cohen's prescient anti-fascist monster drama "A Return to Salem's Lot," are genuinely interesting). We also cut King some slack and removed "The Lawnmower Man" from our watch list, since he fought to have his own name removed from the film and won.
(There are also some adaptations that are simply difficult to find in America, like the Indian adaptions of "Misery" and "Quitter's, Inc." -- "Julie Ganapathi" and "No Smoking" -- but we tried. We promise we tried.)
Even with all those caveats we felt one particular film deserved a quasi-official, honorable mention. Before we rank into every theatrically-released Stephen King adaptation let's give out one honorable mention...