Friday, June 26, 2009

The Grudge 3 (2009)

In one word, terrible. The Grudge 3 feels in every way like the cheap direct-to-DVD sequel that it is. It is in no way entertaining or engaging, and even manages to make the ghost characters completely unscary and laughable. I have always told myself that the first film to truly capture every day life in a real setting without scripted dialogue would be an instant success, but I was wrong. Dead wrong. The first third of the film is so slow and dry it is absolutely impossible to get involved in the plot, but what is interesting outside of the film is that the scenes are all played well and have a natural flow and feel to them. It is just like being a fly on the wall in some persons living room while they talk about their day and fold laundry. What bothered me most about the ghosts was that they were constantly appearing against white backgrounds, which hadnt been done in the previous films but with good reason. White on white = not scary. The deaths are extremely toned down and lame, and the FX for Kayako coming out of picture frames leave the bitter taste of cheapness in the mouth. Half of the plot is told in a series of flashbacks from the previous film, and actually manages to make The Grudge 2 make sense. The rest of the plot is told in a linear fashion for the first time, but all of it seems like a lame excuse to bring the curse to the US rather than the original Japanese setting to bring costs down. This one should be missed intentionally, it is really bad an inexcusable. The deathly curse that has been brought over to an apartment complex in Chicago continues to claim more victims, and it is up to the sister of the evil spirit to stop her now!

Rating: 5/10.



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3 comments:

  1. I agree. I just saw this the other day. Just like a typical sequal, not scary at all. I even got caught up chatting on the net and missed the ending because I was just bored of it.

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  2. I THINK THE WHOLE SPOOKY WHITE CHINA GIRL THING IS KIND OF DEAD IN MY BOOK....

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  3. i thought this was easily the best of the 3 movies.

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