The Gurdge 3 (2009)

Genre(s): Horror
Sony || R - 90 minutes - $24.96 || May 12, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-05-13


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Toby Wilkins
Writer(s): Brad Keene (screenplay)
Cast: Shawnee Smith, Johanna Braddy, Beau Mirchoff, Jadie Hobson, Emi Ikehata


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • 2 Featurettes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Jake (Matthew Knight) is sitting in a mental health ward with his doctor Sullivan (Shawnee Smith). He is terrified to be alone, but being the great doctor she is, Sullivan disregards the kidís terrors and leaves him alone. An orderly (Mike Straub) is sitting watch the kid in his cell when he turns the pages in his magazine. Jake hears a noise within his cell, and is ripped apart by a ghost, or ďthe grudge,Ē as itís more popularly known in the series. The orderly gasps in horror as he canít see the ghost, but sees what is being done to the child. Every bone in the kidís body gets broken in the struggle, and obviously, he dies.

Lisa (Johanna Braddy) and her boyfriend Andy (Beau Mirchoff) are trying to make out in the apartment complex she lives in and enter one of the vacant rooms. She starts to take off her top while on the floor lying on him, when she sees some do not disturb tape draped across the room, and gets up to take it off. Yes, thereís no nudity shot here, it got my hopes up too, so donít feel bad. The two shrug off the day and he says heíll talk to her later. Lisa heads upstairs to her place where she resides with her sister Rose (Jadie Hobson) and her bigger brother Max (Gil McKinney). Max owns the apartment complex and tries to run it, but the complex is having issues with people leaving and nearly the entire place is vacant.

Max scolds Lisa for being late, as Gretchen (Marina Sirtis) had to babysit the younger sister Rose for a while. She didnít mind, and Gretchen soon leaves. The next day Max gets a warning from the building manager about him taking a step back from his job and hiring a firm to get people to come to the complex, but Max says thatís not necessary as he has a new tenant coming in today. Naoko (Emi Ikehata) is the new hopeful tenant, and while taking a trip through the complex she eyes room 305 and itís here we learn that some people have been dying in the complex, hence why itís becoming emptier and emptier as time goes on. Oh, and I forgot to mention that Rose is the usual creepy child in nearly every horror film clichť that happens these days.

How creepy? Well, itís not just creepy, but also ridiculously stupid of the parents not to notice it. She leaves her Mr. Potato Head doll outside for a ďyoung boyĒ to play with who just moved in, and Lisa says no boy moved in recently. She goes out to find the doll but itís gone. Well letís seeÖ Jake was killed in a hospital by a ghost boyÖ and now Rose is talking about playing with a young boyÖ well no thereís no concern at all. It couldnít be the grudge or anything like that, that already happened in two other movies prior right? RIGHT! Instead, itís the grudge. PART THREE! The ghost that canít die since itís still as furious as ever.

Thereís nothing else to talk about that happens thatís relevant to me reviewing it. The grudge goes around killing nearly everyone else in the building, leaving only a few people left. The ending is also nearly identical to the second in this craptacular series. Yes, I made up a word, donít be hating.

The movie is just so derivative that itís stupid. Thereís no real plot, and it goes against the other twoís plot lines entirely. The grudge just kills who it wants when it wants, Rose is technically the first person to see the ghost but doesnít (or does she?) get killed off. Plus, Max and Lisa are too stupid to be believable. Oh look, everyoneís dying around us but yet nothing is done, no police, nothing. Stupid!



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Deleted Scenes (4 minutes): Three deleted scenes that arenít worth your time watching, as unlike the first film these ones amount to nothing in the end.

Tokyagoria (10 minutes): This is a making of and behind the scenes feature molded into one short segment. Sadly, neither is interesting enough to permit this into viewing. Why the strange name you ask? No idea.

The Curse Continues (6 minutes): The cast and crew talk about the curse of the grudge and the film as well. Once again, this is boring and doesnít provide much in terms of entertainment value.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Colors are bright and colorful, although they are at times a bit too dark for my taste. The movie, being a horror one, of course should be presented in a dark overtone, but at times it appears too dark in some scenes that prevent the picture from being better overall. Thereís also a bit of grain that is in a majority of the scenes, but itís not that noticeable unless you are blatantly looking right for it. Despite the few issues I have with the film being too dark and the slight notice of grain, this isnít a bad transfer at all; in fact, itís right on par with some of Sonyís recent releases.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is low and crappy for a horror release. The ďspookyĒ moments where you expect sound to come from the rear surrounds donít happen, if at all, the entire ninety minutes. I was heavily disappointed with this, as the characterís voices were loud, but the scream moments faltered at every turn. Although I guess with how crappy the movie was, itís not a terrible thing when you canít hear the people die correctly, it makes the movie that much better if you can just guess how they would sound.



.::OVERALL::.

The Grudge 3 was awful. I rented the second in the series to see if I needed to catch anything from that one to review this one, but I was wrong. Wrong for renting it and wrong for thinking that the series could continue after a mediocre first entry. The video is great, but the audio is disappointing which is also how I would describe the special features. This is one to hold a grudge against for being horrible.