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The Ring (2002)

Stylishly Shocking Video Nasty

Directed by:

Gore Verbinski

Rating: 9/10

Running Time: 115 minutes

UK Certificate: 15

Country: United States

I'm not easily scared by horror movies, but the classic remake of the 1998 Japanese hit Ringu scared the pants clean off me.

Based on an urban myth, The Ring tells the story of a video tape that contains the captured images of a nightmare. If you watch it, you receive a phone call informing you that in exactly 7 days time, you will die.

The Ring focuses on journalist Rachel Keller's (Watts) quest to discover the sinister truth about the death of her niece who was found literally scared to death. As she follows the clues, she moves from non-believer to terrified mother as she finds the tape and watches it, condemning herself to just seven short days on earth…

Also starring is child star David Dorfman whose performance as the semi-psychic Aiden Keller is astonishing and Martin Henderson as Noah whose performance as ex-husband to Rachel and father to Aiden is equally sincere. Warned by psychic predictions from Aiden who as much confuses as helps, Rachel and Noah begin to unravel a tale of absolute terror and a legacy of evil that threatens to destroy not only themselves, but everyone that sees 'the Ring'.

Strange shadows, dark visions and terrifying visuals assault you as this movie shifts from horror to suspense and back again. The Ring is perfectly paced, stylishly twisting and turning towards a terrible mystery and an unexpected plot twist that even the most genius won't expect.

I admit; this film really did scare me. I found myself closing my eyes in parts and will freely confess to hiding my face at one particularly tense moment. Gory in places, shockingly scary throughout, The Ring is a roller coaster of terror with great performances, a good script and something above the norm for the horror genre.

If you're looking for suspense horror then look no further. You've found the master.

It's Got: Non stop suspenseful terror. Fantastic child acting

It Needs: To be less scary. A sequel

Alternatives:

Psycho, The Blair Witch Project, The Sixth Sense

Summary

Scarier than the Blair Witch Project. And that’s saying something. You will never look at videos in quite the same way again.

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12 Comments

  1. Posted September 18, 2009 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    movie was way better then Blair Witch IMO

  2. geethan
    Posted April 21, 2010 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    I hated it cuz it arnt scary.Stupid shit!!! Im joking!! Its da opposite!!!

  3. geethan
    Posted April 21, 2010 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    sux

  4. geethan
    Posted April 21, 2010 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    sorry again!!!

  5. sheriff
    Posted August 22, 2010 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    i love this movie……………

  6. Molly
    Posted October 4, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    Is the ring scary, Because I’m watching it with a load of mates.
    Do you recomend it???
    What’s the rating on the agee??X

  7. VEENA YADAV
    Posted October 25, 2010 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    I really Like this movie,yesterday i watched this movie , this is tremindous and terrifying visuals assault in it, its scared me the whole night & all night nightmare not let me slept.
    TOO good

  8. VEENA YADAV
    Posted October 25, 2010 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    I really Like this movie,yesterday i watched this movie , this is tremindous and horrible , its scared me the whole night & all night nightmare not let me slept.
    TOO good

  9. more lk unknown
    Posted January 9, 2011 at 6:32 am | Permalink

    This was bullshit!!!!!!
    There is no horror in it!!!!!!!!
    I wasted my time watching it
    Mu dreans r more full of horror

  10. A person
    Posted April 7, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    Well… it wasnt really that scary… and they made it seem as if it would be scary at some parts but uggh that really wasnt scary at all!even scary movie was scarier than that i mean come on you can do better than that.

  11. rei
    Posted October 30, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    i really liked this movie but personaly i didn’t find it that scary

  12. JASDJKLAS
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 3:31 am | Permalink

    THIS MOVIE SUCKED

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