January is a cold grey month and this is the first of the horror season. The Grudge reboot directed by Nicolas Pesce, and produced by horror master Sam Raimi, sees a woman return from Japan to the US, and the curse we met in the original comes with her. Created in sorrow or rage the violent Japanese spirit happily continues until the whole family ends up dead. Well almost the whole family, as someone needs to stay around as a parasite for the next host.<br/><br/>The Grudge continues feeding off those who enter the haunted house, with the detective who investigated unable to shake off the case, and his religious partner, who didn't enter the house, trying to keep him safe. While a grisly new discovery invites us to look anew at the case.<br/><br/>Terrific Andrea Riseborough is Detective Muldoon, the newly widowed partner of Demián Bichir's Detective Goodman. It was his partner who investigated the original murder/suicide at 44 Reyburn Drive, and he never speaks of it now. But Muldoon is drawn to the house after they discover the body they found, had stayed there. We expect the house to be empty but horror regular Lin Shaye is living there. Or just about living there. And so it begins again, with Muldoon investigating the subsequent deaths associated with the house, each suffering an emotional loss or trauma, and being haunted by the original family. Hanging on the back of Muldoon's own loss is just plain cruel, although we never see her grieving. She has a son to look after. But this spirit is ruthless!!<br/><br/>With plenty of creaks, croaks and shadows (put the lights on!!), from cinematographer Zack Galler, and clever gore from the make-up and special effects. To be honest there were not enough jump-scares for me, but Nicolas Pesce introduces just enough dread to keep it interesting, I like the supernatural, with a top notch cast game for the shocks.