Is there truly any better way to celebrate the new year than with a horror movie? Luckily, fans of the genre won’t have to wait long as this Friday will see the release of THE GRUDGE, an all-new imagining of Takashi Shimizu’s 2002 horror film, Ju-on: The Grudge!

In preparation for the film’s release, Nightmarish Conjurings had the chance to chat with director Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes of My Mother) as well as actors John Cho (Searching) and Lin Shaye (Insidious franchise).

While speaking with Shannon McGrew, Nicolas Pesce talked about what it’s like to build a scare by using both jump-scares and subtle imagery as well as what it was like for both him and John Cho to be a part of the Grudge franchise. John Cho also discussed paying homage to the previous films and his not-so-favorite moment which involved a cold shower.

Meanwhile, horror and film legend Lin Shaye gave us a heartfelt look into her character, Faith Matheson, and the challenges Faith deals with, as well as what attracted her to the role and her experience working with director Nicolas Pesce.

THE GRUDGE, which centers around a house that is cursed by a vengeful ghost that dooms those who enter it with a violent death, arrives in theaters January 3, 2020.

This film is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for the following reasons: disturbing violence and bloody images, terror and some language.

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