Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Grudge 3|
Actors: Matthew Knight, Shawnee Smith, Mike Straub, Aiko Horiuchi, Shimba Tsuchiya
Director: Toby Wilkins
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
From Ghost House Pictures, the makers of 30 Days of Night and The Grudge, comes the next installment in The Grudge series. How do you stop a curse that never dies? Jake, the sole survivor of The Grudge 2 massacre, is tortu... more »
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Great but ambiguous
D. Anderson | Los Angles, CA USA | 02/07/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I was also one of the few who saw it already and to be honest, it was a big improvement over The Grudge 2. The acting's pretty decent and the story was a lot more coherent this time around. The deaths weren't all that special but they definitely stepped up in the violence department to say the least. The ghosts were more aggressive and the story gets pretty intense as we get closer to seeing if this is truly the end of Kayako and Toshio's killing spree, but when it's all said and done, I had very mixed feelings about the ending. It's an ending that can truly be interpreted in so many different ways. If this is in fact the final movie of the trilogy, then we're left with a lot to think about. Rather that's a good or a bad thing is up to you.
On the the whole, despite me seeing it early, I'm seriously buying it no matter what. It definitely wasn't a waste of my time, but it doesn't surpass the first one in any way.If you're a die hard fan like me, you'll enjoy what this film has to offer to some extent."
Surprised At How Well It Was For The Third Grudge Movie
Rich | CA | 02/01/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I got this from a friend an can't honestly tell if this was a bootleg or not because it seemed pretty authentic, but even than I first thought this would be just as terrible as the second Grudge and was greatly surprised as how much better this one was than the second. The story beginning shows the young boy who was alive after the ending of the second movie in a asylum secure room as everyone thinks he's unstable and delusional as he continues to spout out about the spirit of Kayako and her plans to kill him. Well as you might expect they don't believe him and lock him in the room where of course Kayako does kill him very painfully, after that they show you the apartment complex from the second movie where Kayako has apparently cursed as well. The movie mainly keeps the focus on four people the first is Max(The elder brother who manages the complex and takes care of his two sisters Lisa and Rose and is also struggling to keep the complex afloat since most of the tenants have left), Lisa(The oldest sister who plans on going away and trying a career she's tried for a long time), Rose(The youngest sister who has a medical problem that also adds to her brothers concern both about her health and trying to keep the medical expenses paid), and finally Naoko(The younger sister of Kayako and feels it's up to her to try and end her sisters curse that's harming everyone). The actors and actresses in the movie were pretty decent and while the effects weren't that many it still did pretty good and left you the feeling of foreboding knowing when a victim of Kayako was about to be offed. While it doesn't quite reach the fear factor of the first movie it still way surpasses that of the second and that was enough for me. So if you've already got the first two movies finish the set with the third even though it didn't come out and theaters it's still a nice horror ghost movie to watch with the lights out..."
Only worth a rental.
Spider Labyrinth | TX USA | 05/21/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Sad how Matthew Knight got top billing and is hardly in it at all. This film was a big letdown! Took too long to get started and when it did, totally predictable. Characters other than Gil McKinney (really hot guy) and Emi Ikehata (the best actor in the film) were a bore. I wish they would not continue with this franchise, but will.
Do yourself a favor, just watch the Japanese versions of them. America is not good at all with remakes or continuation of films."
Grudge 3 . . . WHY?!?
M. Ruisi | 05/19/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"WHY ... did they bother to create this film? That is my question.
The FIRST TWO american-version Grudge films were exemplary; not only were they faithful to and did justice to the Japanese versions, but they were a credit to the enitre horror genre, a style that in many ways has been consistently failing since the 90's. They were a much needed breath of fresh air for horror die-hards like myself, who were tired of directors sacrificing top-level dialogue, acting chops and plot outlines to pander to quick DVD sales and an industry expecting little to nothing from the Horror genre save for the endless drivel of "Screams" and "I What You Did Last Thursdays..."
And this is how Grudge 3 fails in every way... not necessarily because it wasn't released theatrically; that's irrelevant. But the director, when it came to quality, should have been "thinking" theatrically.
And yet, this time around, we have actors who can't act, poor cinematography, a weak, rehashed plotline thats already been covered better and in greater detail in the first two films, very minimal screentime for both Kayako and Toshio compared to the first two, and when you do see them... oh.. don't get me started! The character of Toshio is a young boy, approximately 6-8 years of age, can't remember which. In 3, we have a young man who is CLEARLY way too old for the role, looking more in the 15-16 range. Do ghosts age, too? Apparently so. And Kayako, the greatest villainess of recent times in all of horrordom; replete with dark hair, faded looks and the her signature fright-inspiring stop-motion cinematography... all that of that is ruined here. Its a different actress, which albeit is not always a bad thing, but it certainly is when the new actress blatantly overacts, and is not saved by the directors cheap makeup and effects. The makeup looks very "straight-white," not "natural ghost." Cheap. The trademark stop-motion is choppy and less smooth. And the attacks are minimal. Which means the creepiness is minimal. The only thing "new" is a cheap attempt at an even further backstory for Kayako and her newly introduced sister character, but even this is done tactlessly and ends up feeling very forced.
I REALLY WANTED TO LIKE THIS MOVIE! PLEASE UNDERSTAND! But I feel this new "director" should have left Grudge material to Sam Raimi and Takeshi Shimizu. The big guns of Horror!
If you are a die-hard like myself, go ahead... give it a whirl. Just don't expect too much."