The Grudge 3

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Violence, gore, cursing in predictable sequel.
  • R
  • 2009
  • 90 minutes

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age 12+
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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

No positive messages. Movie centered on vengeful spirits who, when alive, were abused and murdered by family members. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

No positive role models. Characters mostly one-dimensional. 


Lots of violence and gore. Tween boy killed by spirit, his bones broken and mangled, found covered in blood. Characters killed by getting their necks snapped. Character stabbed in the neck. Characters found dead with their eyes gouged out. Flashback of man killing his wife and son before hanging himself. Man kills a cat by drowning it in the bathtub. Jump scares.  Demonic imagery. 


Two characters like to sneak off to have sex in the vacant apartments in the building where the movie takes place. 


"F--k" used a few times. "S--t," "bitch," "goddamn," "ass." 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Grudge 3 is a supernatural horror movie in which two vengeful spirits continue to wreak havoc in an apartment building. Horror movie violence and gore throughout, as well as demonic imagery. In a flashback scene, a father attacks and kills his wife and son, drowns the family cat in the tub, then hangs himself. A tween boy is attacked and killed, his bones broken and mangled, found covered in blood. Characters stabbed in the throat, killed by having their necks snapped, hit in the head with a lead pipe. Jump scares throughout. Some profanity, including "f--k." Two characters like to sneak off to have sex in vacant apartments in the building. 

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Adult Written byHorrorMovieFan2947 April 16, 2020

The Grudge 3

This movie is also pretty good and has a lot of good scares. Although not scary, this movie is the scariest the 4 and has the most violence and more suspense. H... Continue reading

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What's the story?

In THE GRUDGE 3, Jake is in an asylum after being the only survivor of an attack by vengeful spirits. In his cell, he begs Dr. Sullivan not to leave him alone, and when she does, he's brutally murdered by Kayako, one of the two vengeful spirits. Hearing of this news in China, Naoko believes that Kayako, her sister, is responsible, and decides to fly to Chicago to stop her and Toshio. Meanwhile, the apartment building where Jake lived is being renovated. Max lives in one of the apartments with his sister Lisa (Johanna Braddy), who is about to leave for New York with her boyfriend Andy, and Rose, a young girl who suffers from panic-triggered asthma attacks. Soon, one of the remaining tenants dies after drowning in her bathtub. Dr. Sullivan arrives at the building to investigate Jake's stories, and finds that the remaining have also seen Kayako and Toshio. Naoko moves into the apartment and tries to convince Rose what's really happening. When Max appears to have been possessed by the spirits, Naoko tries to have Lisa and Rose take part in a ritual that she says will rid the building of the evil spirits. Now, Lisa and Rose must find a way to stop Kayako and Toshio and escape the apartment building. 

Is it any good?

This belongs in the pantheon of horror movie sequels that have worn out their welcome. It's one of those horror movies where it's easy to imagine attendees in the theater shouting variations of "Don't go into that apartment!" or "Just leave the building!" during every suspenseful moment. While there are attempts at giving the characters some depth by giving them either asthma or leaving dreary old Wicker Park in Chicago for the glitz and glamour of fashion design in New York, the characters are as stock as the story setup and subsequent murder spree. 

The conclusion of The Grudge 3 is as unsatisfying as the rest of the movie. Its attempts at leaving the franchise open for a Grudge 4 are as trite as ending the movie with a "The End?" caption before the final credits. They go into more detail about why these spirits have the titular grudge, but it comes across as superfluous more than anything else. Overall, it's an unnecessary sequel that breaks no new ground. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about horror movies. What's the appeal? How does The Grudge 3 compare to other horror movies you've seen? 

  • Did the violence seem necessary to the movie, or did it seem gratuitous? Why?

  • Why do you think Hollywood releases so many sequels? Why are they almost never as good as the original movie? 

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