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JU-ON: THE GRUDGE (2004) Karen: "The whole time I was in that house I felt something was wrong. What happened there?" Director Takashi Shimizu's decision to remake his own spine-chiller with an American cast paid doomladen dividends. Karen, the American nurse living in Tokyo is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse which locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim.
THE OTHERS (2001) Grace: "Where's my daughter? What have you done with my daughter?" Anne: "Are you mad? I am your daughter." With a knowing nod to the horror classic The Innocents, this classic chiller gave Nicole Kidman one of her most underrated roles. She plays Grace, a mother whose husband is away at war and whose children are photo-sensitive and cannot be exposed to light. leaving their remote house in near total darkness.
THE SHINING (1980) Danny Torrance: "Do you really want to go and live in that hotel for the winter?" Wendy Torrance: "Sure I do. It'll be lots of fun." A creepy adaptation of the Stephen King novel finds novelist Jack Nicholson gradually losing the plot while spending a winter as the caretaker of a remote mountain hotel. The blood starts to run when his paranormally gifted son picks up on the opulent hideaway's evil past, while his distraught wife discovers there's nowhere to hide.
DARK WATER (2005) Dahlia: "There's water everywhere! She can't be here!" The 2002 Japanese chiller is expertly reworked into an American setting by Motorcycle Diaries director Walter Salles. Jennifer Connelly is the single mum fighting for her sanity against dark forces after moving into a creepy apartment building with her young daughter. Dark, sombre and totally terrifying, this could be the best American Jap horror remake yet. The next time you see a damp patch...
SE7EN (1995) William Somerset: "This isn't going to have a happy ending." Director David Fincher gave the ailing American horror industry a welcome shot in the arm with this rain-drenched chiller which defied convention to sign off on a very un-Hollywood note (Brad Pitt refused to make it if the ending were changed). Veteran homicide detective William Somerset and his young partner David Mills pursue a serial killer who is selecting his victims according to the Seven Deadly Sins.