The Grudge 3

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The Grudge 3
The Grudge 3 DVD cover.jpg
DVD cover
Directed byToby Wilkins
Produced by
  • Andrew Pfeffer
  • Takashige Ichise
Written byBrad Keene
Music bySean McMahon
CinematographyAnton Bakarski
Edited byJohn Quinn
Distributed bySony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release date
  • May 12, 2009 (2009-05-12)
Running time
90 minutes
  • United States
  • Japan
  • English


Budget$5 million
Box office$38.6 million

The Grudge 3 is a 2009 American supernatural horror film and the third and final installment in The Grudge trilogy. Toby Wilkins, who had previously directed the successful film Splinter and the short film series Tales from the Grudge, took Takashi Shimizu's place as director who later served as executive producer, while Brad Keene replaced Stephen Susco as screenwriter. The film stars Johanna Braddy, Gil McKinney and Shawnee Smith, with a special appearance by Matthew Knight (from The Grudge 2), and was released on DVD on May 12, 2009.

Unlike the previous American films that were both rated PG-13, The Grudge 3 was given an R rating because of its graphic bloody violence, gore and language. The film features a linear plotline unlike all of its predecessors, which used nonlinear sequences of events for their respective plots and subplots.


Jake Kimble (the only survivor from the second film) is under the care of Dr. Sullivan in an asylum. He is locked in his room following several escape attempts and is attacked by Kayako. The attack is seen on security cameras, although Kayako cannot be seen, and Jake is dead by the time Sullivan arrives with a security officer. News of the incident reaches a young woman in Tokyo, Naoko, who is the sister of Kayako. Believing that her sister is responsible, she travels to Chicago.

The apartment building where Jake lived is under renovation. Of the few residents who remain, some glimpse Toshio. One is drowned by Takeo Saeki and is never again seen. Sullivan, while investigating Jake's death, speaks with residents and finds that others have seen the little boy of whom Jake spoke. Sullivan digs more into the information and is killed by Kayako.

Naoko moves in as attacks continue against the residents and anyone associated with them. She tells the landlord's family that the curse now resides in the apartment and tries to convince them to participate in an exorcism. The landlord's sister, Lisa, refuses to cooperate but reconsiders when she realizes that her brother, Max, is possessed by the spirit of Takeo Saeki, the evil husband of Kayako and the source of the curse. Naoko warns that the ceremony must not be interrupted and tells Rose that she must drink Kayako's blood. Lisa disallows this. Takeo, as Max, realizes what Naoko is attempting and attacks and kills her. Lisa is chased by Kayako until, just as Kayako is about to kill Lisa, Rose drinks Kayako's blood which causes her curse to disappear.

Max returns to his senses and sobs over what he has done, but Naoko's murder has (frustratingly) begun a new curse. Her ghost attacks and kills him. The film ends with Kayako shown to be in possession of Rose.


  • Johanna Braddy as Lisa, a young woman who plans to move to New York and pursue a fashion career.
  • Gil McKinney as Max, Lisa and Rose's anxious older brother, who is in charge of the apartments.
  • Emi Ikehata as Naoko Kawamata, Kayako's younger sister, who holds the secret to ending the curse.
  • Jadie Rose Hobson as Rose, Lisa and Max's sister, who suffers from severe asthma attacks.
  • Shawnee Smith as Dr. Sullivan, a doctor who works at the mental hospital and Jake's caretaker.
  • Marina Sirtis as Gretchen, a painter and Rose's frequent babysitter.
  • Beau Mirchoff as Andy, Lisa's boyfriend
  • Matthew Knight as Jake Kimble, the traumatized young boy and sole survivor of The Grudge 2.
  • Aiko Horiuchi as Kayako Saeki, a ghost who is bent on killing anyone she sees.
  • Shimba Tsuchiya as Toshio Saeki, a ghost that occupies the house.
  • Michael McCoy as Mr. Praski, Max's boss.
  • Takatsuna Mukai as Daisuke Kawamata, Naoko's husband
  • Laura Giosh as Renee, a tenant who moves out with her daughter Brenda after the Kimble family deaths
  • Mihaela Nankova as Brenda, the frightened daughter of Renee

Takako Fuji, Takashi Matsuyama, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryo Ishibashi, Kim Miyori, Yuya Ozeki and Kyoka Takizawa reprise their roles from The Grudge and The Grudge 2 via archival footage and stills.



During post-production of The Grudge 2, Takashi Shimizu discussed ideas of creating another sequel, saying: "During the script meeting, Our ideas didn't go anywhere good, and we couldn't come up with anything interesting to stop the curse, so if that's the case, I would rather just go for something that could never be stopped. But who knows, maybe something can be stopped in The Grudge 3."[1]


In the 2006 Comic Con, Sony officially announced plans of creating the sequel.[2] Shimizu revealed he was offered the chance to direct the sequel but took on the role of producer instead.[3]


The film put out a casting call for new actors to play Kayako and Toshio, as Takako Fuji (Kayako) and Yuya Ozeki (Toshio) passed on the opportunity.[4] Shawnee Smith, who known as Amanda Young in the Saw series, was cast in the film.[5]


Principal photography began in the spring-2008 and ended that same month in Chicago, Illinois.


The DVD release was originally scheduled for March 24, 2009, but was delayed until May 12, 2009, due to the Blu-ray release of the first film. It was issued in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen with an English Dolby Digital 5.1 surround track. Two featurettes appear: "Tokyagoaria" documents how the Bulgarian location was made to look like Tokyo and Chicago, and "The Curse Continues" shows how the film ties into the previous two. Three deleted scenes also are included.[6]


Critical reaction to The Grudge 3 was generally mixed to negative. Bloody Disgusting awarded the film two and a half skulls feeling it lackluster and saying "watching The Grudge 3 is like eating the generic brand of your favorite cereal; you can try to tell yourself all day that its just as good as the real thing, but inside, deep inside, you know it tastes different."[7] found the film "dull" and complained the even the ending offered no answers.[8] Cinefantastique Online slammed the film calling it "such a dismally spiritless affair that it almost seems deliberately designed to make the disappointing THE GRUDGE 2 look good by comparison."[9]


On July 6, 2017, it was announced that Nicolas Pesce would direct the next film in the series. Rather than be a direct sequel, the film will serve as a reboot.[10] It is unknown if the film will retain the characters of Kayako and Toshio. On March 3, 2018 it was announced Andrea Riseborough is in talks to star in the film as a young mother and detective.

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  1. ^ Coming Soon (October 5, 2006). "Grudge 3 ideas". Coming Soon. Archived from the original on 2006-06-18. Retrieved 2006-10-05.
  2. ^ Bloody Disgusting (July 25, 2006). "Grudge 3 announced". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 2006-07-25.
  3. ^ Movie Hole (July 24, 2006). "Takashi Shimizu talks about The Grudge 3". Movie Hole. Retrieved 2006-10-03.
  4. ^ Kayako and Toshio ditch The Grudge 3? Archived 2008-02-28 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ BD Horror News - Shawnee Smith Cast in 'The Grudge 3'! Archived 2008-04-11 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Horror Movies: Reviews, Trailers, News - Shock Till You Drop". Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  7. ^ "The Grudge 3 (V)". Bloody Disgusting. April 11, 2009. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  8. ^ Brown, Peter (May 11, 2009). "The Grudge 3". Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  9. ^ Biodrowski, Steve (July 16, 2009). "The Grudge 3 – DVD Review". Cinefantastique Online. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  10. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming (6 July 2017). "'The Grudge' Reboot Gets Nicolas Pesce To Direct For Ghost House". Retrieved 31 July 2017.

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