Initial release: April 14, 2006 (USA)
Director: David Zucker
Box office: 178.3 million USD
Budget: 45 million USD
Screenplay: Marlon Wayans, Craig Mazin, Jim Abrahams, Pat Proft, Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer, Buddy Johnson
Something you may know about me is, I really really really love Ju-On. It’s the haunted franchise of my dreams. I feel deeply if not psychically connected to Toshio as at cat. And Kayako is the best ghost Mom. It’s a serious situation. I would follow Ju-On and even the American Grudge sequels blindly into the abyss for eternity, but this thing totally sucked. I feel that the makers of this film totally misunderstood, misrepresented and misused Ju-On. Where as in part 3 I was enamored by the direction they took the Ring. This was not a marriage of the right cultural references.
The two best scenes were the opening scene, with Shaq and Dr. Phil in the situation from the first Saw movie. The rest of the Saw parodying can fuck off, but the opening bullshit with those two gave me what I needed.
Better than that even was the closing scene with Craig Bierko reenacting Tom Cruise’s infamous appearance on Oprah. Playing it to such a degree of insanity that it’s sureal and uncomfortable in the way you would see Tim and Eric play it.
Two memorable sketches sandwiching a big amorphous blob of disappointment.
Significantly better than the second and third installments. I would say this series loves to pick on children and the elderly but honestly, it’s just that everyone is fair game as Cindy has been put through more degrading situations than anyone in the franchise.
I laughed out loud at all the Mrs. Norris scenes, and it doesn’t cost me a thing to admit it.