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Series: Ringu

Review: Ring (1998)

Ring (Ringu) poster

Judged on plot alone, Nakata Hideo’s Ring ought to be pretty tame. Indeed, this uniquely compelling cinematic work often comes across, on first description of the story, as a piece of over-the-top Japanese kitsch. The story of a cursed videotape that kills the viewer within seven days ought not to be this scary. Yet it has chilled and awed mainstream Western audiences, and almost single-handedly brought about our current obsession with Japanese horror. Arguably, it has paved the way to mainstream success in the West for the likes of Takashi Miike and others. The point is that the art of terror revolves around context. That old campfire chestnut in which a ghost hunts down the liver stolen by a schoolboy from his now uninhabited corpse looks ridiculous on paper.(read more...)

Review: The Ring (2002)

Ring 2002 poster

Beginning amid the bedroom girl talk of two suburban high school friends, The Ring unfolds one of the genres' most well executed, utterly frightening pre-credit vignettes, as the conversation shifts from guys to a mysterious tape. The urban legend has it that after watching this tape, the viewers' phone will ring and a woman's voice will say "Seven Days." A week later the viewer will die. Utter terror eclipses the face of the second girl. She has watched the tape, and it has now been seven days.
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Review: Ring 0: Birthday (2000)

Ring 0: Birthday poster

This story in the Ring franchise takes place thirty years earlier to the story of the first film. An adolescent Sadako has just enrolled in a theater ensemble in Tokyo. Most of the others in the troupe are either terrified of Sadako or just plain hate her. They all begin having the same dreams from the moment she arrives at the school. A reporter named Miyaji is on the track of Sadako to find out whether or not she is in fact competent of the same acts of murder that her extrasensory mother had been accused of 11 years ago. As the days go by, mysterious murders unfold at the theater, but Sadako appears to just be a troubled and innocent teen this time around.(read more...)

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