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The Grudge 3 (2009)

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A young Japanese woman who holds the key to stopping the evil spirit of Kayako, travels to the haunted Chicago apartment from the sequel, to stop the curse of Kayako once and for all.

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Toby Wilkins

Writers:

Takashi Shimizu (film "Ju-On: The Grudge"), Brad Keene
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Cast

Cast overview:
Matthew Knight ... Jake
Shawnee Smith ... Sullivan
Mike Straub Mike Straub ... Orderly
Aiko Horiuchi ... Kayako
Shimba Tsuchiya Shimba Tsuchiya ... Toshio
Emi Ikehata ... Naoko
Takatsuna Mukai Takatsuna Mukai ... Daisuke (as Takatsuma Mukai)
Johanna Braddy ... Lisa
Beau Mirchoff ... Andy
Jadie Rose Hobson Jadie Rose Hobson ... Rose (as Jadie Hobson)
Marina Sirtis ... Gretchen
Gil McKinney ... Max
Laura Giosh Laura Giosh ... Renee
Mihaela Nankova Mihaela Nankova ... Brenda
Michael McCoy Michael McCoy ... Praski
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A young Japanese woman who holds the key to stopping the evil spirit of Kayako, travels to the haunted Chicago apartment from the sequel, to stop the curse of Kayako once and for all. Written by Anonymous

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You can't escape the curse


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Rated R for violence, disturbing images and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

2 June 2009 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

El grito 3 See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The first film in either the Ju-on or The Grudge series not to directed by Takashi Shimizu. He does however remain as a producer. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 21 mins) At the climax of the movie, during the ceremony to contain 'The Curse', Rose is asked to drink from a cup. She picks it up from it's place next to the ceremonial candles and does so, when she does, her body convulses and she drops the cup. It rolls across the floor, but moments later she is seen laying on the floor next to the ceremonial candles, with the cup sitting neatly in it's place, upright and next to the candles. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jake: Please, don't leave me in here.
Sullivan: Jake, I promise I won't be long.
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Features The Grudge 2 (2006) See more »

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Disgraceful
14 May 2009 | by jpgoodsonSee all my reviews

It seems the majority of the reviews thus far have been written by viewers who, after not enjoying either of the two previous films, decided to weigh in on what is ultimately a complete mockery of a great series.

First I'll tackle the good things about this film, of which there are few, but they deserve mentioning and as much of a reprieve as anyone can give them. Aiko Horiuchi replaces Takako Fuji as Kayako (creepy crackling voice lady) and picks up the role fairly well. Any fault in her appearance lies with the director, Toby Wilkins, who I will get to in a moment. The only other two notable performances come from the female leads, Johanna Braddy and Takatzuna Mukai and might not so much be notable as much as they just sharply contrast their terrible surroundings.

Now, on to the awful stuff. I think the large majority of the critics of the first two films, as I have understood them on here, find that the they were cryptic and difficult to follow. They have gotten their wish for an easy to interpret, spoon-fed, linear-flowing, cheesy horror film in The Grudge 3. Gone are the intelligent and subtle left-to-the-imagination disappearance kills. Artistic and suspenseful cinematography have been replaced by bland, formulaic and frightfully comical scenes. Brad Keene and Toby Wilkins have crafted an hour-and-a-half long slap in the face of director Takashi Shimizu who re-invented the haunted house horror film by making his own rules and breaking all the ones in the book.

Normally I am given pause when criticizing the artistic vision of writers, directors and actors who put their work on the line for what is largely a very unforgiving audience. In this case, however, the writer and director were toying with another man's vision and the hard work and creative energy he expended trying to bring something original into the world. I am dumbstruck by how a duo could miss the theme of a series so entirely. Ultimately, The Grudge 3 adds nothing to the mythology of the films and takes away a substantial amount.


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