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Third film in an American horror franchise based on a 1998 Japanese feature. The series concerns a spooky black-and-white video, viewers of which are doomed to die seven days after watching it — unless they pass the curse on by exposing someone else to the images. Director F. Javier Gutierrez and screenwriters David Loucka, Jacob Estes and Akiva Goldsman turn up the psychological-thriller elements, having two of the latest victims of the footage (Matilda Lutz and Alex Roe) pursue the origin story of its vengeful presiding spirit (Bonnie Morgan), a girl who perished after being thrown down a well. With gory sights kept mostly in check, many parents may consider the film acceptable for mature adolescents.

Watch out for: Occult themes, some violence but with little blood, brief drug use and references to nonmarital sexual activity.

Rated: A-III, adults; MPAA: PG-13

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