WHAT: Sunday’s preem of “The Grudge 2” at Knott’s Scary Farm in Buena Park, Calif.
WHO: Helmer Takashi Shimizu, pic’s Sarah Michelle Gellar, Amber Tamblyn, Arielle Kebbel, Jennifer Beals, producer Sam Raimi and scribe Stephen Susco
STUDIO SUPPORT: While Shimizu earned plenty of screams with the $4 million it cost to make the original “Ju-On” in 2000, his Americanized adaptations have had budgets two to three times that.
Raimi himself is no stranger to big-budget genre films, but he’s also a master of making do with whatever means are available. “It’s a lot easier to make these pictures with the studio finances. When you make a movie like ‘The Evil Dead’ (1981), myself, Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell have to be busboys, waiters and janitors just to raise the money to hire the attorney to put together the document to go out and raise the money door to door, which is usually a night of misery and no’s.”
NO GRUDGE TO HOLD HERE: Although Shimizu, who is Japanese, directed his cast with the aid of a translator, comedy knows no language barrier. “He’s just like a really goofy guy and he loves to play pranks,” said Tamblyn. “He chased me around with a dried squid. It was disgusting.”