Horror Figures Clash in U.S. Trailer for J-Horror Love Letter ‘Sadako vs. Kayako’

Written by on January 11, 2017 

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The idea of different canonical figures from horror clashing in one realm has left the circulation of pure fan fiction since 2003’s Freddy Vs. Jason (yeah, I mentioned it). Now, J-horror is getting its own iteration of evil against evil in the form of Sadako vs. Kayako, which pits the antagonistic forces from Ringu and The Grudge in a demonic gladiator match. However, as it must always go, humans are in danger, too. So, a girl (Mizuki Yamamoto) watches a cursed video tape IN a haunted house (I mean, come on, that’s a rookie mistake x2!) and whoosh, she’s caught between a demon and a…demon in a fight for her life.

Borrowing iconography from both franchises Sadako vs. Kayako seems to embrace a silly tone while still trying to startle its audience. Horror and humor is a fine line to walk, and it remains to be seen if Grotesque director Kôji Shiraishi is up for the task. See the full U.S. trailer below.

A girl (Mizuki Yamamoto) after watching a cursed videotape together with her friend (Tina Tamashiro) in a haunted house, becomes trapped in a conflict between the two murderous ghosts: Sadako Yamamura (from the “Ringu” films) and Kayako Saeki (from the “Ju-On” films).

Sadako vs. Kayako

Sadako vs. Kayako begins streaming on Shudder on January 26th.


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