Monday, July 9, 2012

The Ring 2002 (Fan Page)

The Ring (2002)

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TOO SCARY 2 WATCH now presents a special page (The Too Scary To Watch "The Ring" Fan Page) for the 2002 american horror movie The Ring. The Ring, as we've stated in previous posts, was the inspiration for this blog. So because of that fact (along with the fact that it's one of my absolute all-time favorites), we thought it would be fitting to create a special post for The Ring.

"Before you die, you see The Ring."

The Ring is a 2002 American supernatural horror film directed by Gore Verbinski, starring Naomi Watts and Martin Henderson. It is a remake of the 1998 Japanese horror film Ringu, directed by Hideo Nakata. Both films are based on Koji Suzuki's novel Ringu, which was first published in 1991. The Ring is currently available on DVD (widescreen and full screen) and has a blu-ray release date set for September 11, 2012.

Ring Japanese Films: Ringu (1998), Rasen (1999), Ringu 2 (1999), Ringu 0 (2000)
The Ring America Films: The Ring (2002), The Ring 2 (2005)

Title:               The Ring (2002)
Release Date:  March 4, 2003
Genre:             Supernatural Thriller
Format:           DVD
Run Time:       115


The Ring centers around a cursed and mysterious videotape that causes anyone who watches it to die in seven days. The videotape contains a series of disturbing images. After watching the tape, the viewer receives an anonymous phone call from a girl announcing that the viewer will die in seven days.

The Ring is the critically acclaimed, smash hit thriller David Ansen of Newsweek says "raises some serious goosebumps!" This cinematic thrill ride will keep you on the edge of your seat from the stunning opening to the astonishing conclusion!  

It begins as just another urban legend - the whispered tale of a nightmarish videotape that causes anyone who watches it to die seven days later. But when four teenagers all meet with mysterious deaths exactly one week after watching just such a tape, investigative reporter Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) tracks down the video...and watches it. Now, the legend is coming true, the clock is ticking and Rachel has just seven days to unravel the mystery of The Ring.


Cast (Main Characters)

(Rachel Keller)

(Noah Clay)

(Aidan Keller)

(Samara Morgan)

(Richard Morgan)

About Samara ** CONTAINS SPOILERS **

Samara Morgan (much like her Ringu, Sadako Yamamura counterpart) is the central character/antagonist of the American Ring movies. Samara's life tragically ended when her adopted mother Anna Morgan, strangled and pushed her down a well. Having initially survived, for seven days, she remained at the bottom of the well before finally meeting her demise. Now, as the legend goes, a cursed videotape was forged (originating from the dark mind of Samara herself) -- Samara's pain, suffering and agony etched into random nightmarish images -- and whosoever stumbles upon this tape and watches it, inevitably dies in "Seven Days". Unless of course, you crack the mystery, and fullfill the necessary requirements for survival.

Samara Morgan (Adult)




Personal Thoughts

If you're into scary movies that keep you constantly on the edge of your seat, constantly in a state of panic -- If you're into horror flicks that provide one scare after another .... if you need a scary movie that has someone being killed every fifteen minutes ... if you crave gruesome death scenes topped with blood, guts and gore, then The Ring's probably not the movie for you ... odds are, it's definitely not the movie for you!  But if you don't mind scary movies that combine mystery with suspense ... cheep thrills with genuine terror, and teen horror concepts with adult "mature" thriller style storytelling, than The Ring just may be the right movie for you! Whether it is or isn't for you ... won't change the fact that it was and will continue to be for me! 

The Ring (directed by Gore Verbinski who's probably best known for directing The Pirates of the Caribbean) is an American remake of the 1998 movie Ringu, often called "Ring" (directed my Hideo Nakata). Ringu (besides obviously inspiring the American remake) also spawned a few sequels, as well as, was responsible for a string of ripoffs and copycat films. 
 I've seen both versions, and I enjoyed both versions. And though some will argue that the original is better (which is fine ... everyone's entitled to his or hers own opinion), I myself, give the edge to the American version (though I won't argue with those who feel Sadako is creepier than Samara ... it's definitely too close to call). 

The Plot: As you all must know by now, The Ring (in a nutshell) is about a tape that kills you when you watch it ... so I guess the quick solution is ... DON'T WATCH THE FREAKIN' TAPE!!!

Although many people seem to hate on this movie (something that's not uncommon when a movie gets the kind of buzz and hype The Ring got), I personally loved it ... to the point where it became the inspiration for this blog. From beginning to end, I found myself completely entertained, totally engulfed in the ominous story of a tape that (when watched) gives you seven days to unravel its mystery before meeting your demise and succumbing to the horrors of it! 

The Ring may move at a pace too slow for most true horror fans, but its story, suspense and pacing proved to be perfect for a guy like me. Is The Ring scary? This seems to be the question I find myself constantly answering, and my answer always is, well that depends on what scares you. I'm an adult now ... a grown man who over the years, has pretty much seen it all, and because of that fact, I'm not easily frightened by things horror films will try to throw my way. but when I watch The Ring, I can't help wondering how much it would have scared me if I saw it as a kid (I think I would have crapped myself). 

In closing: The Ring had and still has all of the ingredients I typically look for in a movie ... dark, eerie, creepy, suspenseful, good ending, intriguing story ... and it definitely had a huge impact on me which is why I consider it the best overall horror film of the first decade of the 2000's.

What I liked:

- The Acting 
- The Atmosphere and Ambience
- The Suspense 
- The Creepiness 
- The story 
- The ending
- Samara 

What I didn't like:

- The movie does feel as though it can drag at times 
- Fans of real horror may be disappointed over the fact that The Ring's scary scenes occur rather infrequently and spread out from each other 
My Ratings

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