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380 Days of Halloween Movies: Day 1 - The Ring (2002)
Before we start, let us give a quick thanks and shout out to days.to/Halloween/2018 for giving us the precise amount of days, hours and minutes until Halloween (not this year) 2018.
The original idea was to make a 15 days of Halloween movies series, but there are so many great Halloween inspiring movies that it simply made best sense to take the series up to 2017’s Halloween, and right on past up to 2018’s Halloween.
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The Ring (2002)
A remake of the 1998 Japanese horror movie, Ringu. In the late 90s and early 2000s the Japanese and Chinese horror movies were big at the theatres, and it only made sense for Hollywood to remake these popular Asian movies with English speaking and western location filming.
Asian horror movies remade and repackaged in the US (no, sorry, the packaging is still done in Asia), and they were not in short supply either, as we had The Grudge, One Missed Call, Mirrors, Dark Water… Honestly, the list could go on and on. The success in doing these western remakes varies considerably, and The Ring was one of the exceptions having grossed more than $250 million at the global Box Office, on a $48 million budget.
The 2002 remake of The Ring was directed by Gore Verbinski (at the time a practically unknown entity in Hollywood), who would a year later go on to direct Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, and the following two sequels that still starred Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightley. Gore’s directorial approach on The Ring was one of sharp undertones that created isolated suspense, and also dark rhythmic camera angles and lighting, and with the right cast they created something truly spectacular.
What happens in The Ring? A small family are spookily haunted by the spirit of a demonic spiritual presence of a little girl after they watch a VHS home video tape. The tape shows a scrambled, demonic-like sense of evil, disturbing cut scenes, and all seems rather grim and puzzle-like.
The small family; a mother named Rachel, and her young son Aidan. Rachel is a news reporter, and after the mysterious death of her niece, she uses her journalistic skills to track down the whereabouts of the teenagers who were with her niece a week before she died. Rachel finds that they all visited a cabin, and whilst they were there saw a video tape showing a home video of some kind.
The mystery is endless, and it all starts when the video tape has been watched and you get a telephone call from a spooky girl who says, “your going to die in 7 days”. Rachel becomes even more determined to figure out the mystery of the demonic little girl after her son, Aidan watched the video tape.
Rachel is helped by Aidan’s father, Noah, who also watches the video tape. This is a demonic video tape, and in no way informative or entertaining, so there will be a lot of questions being asked out loud (or, kept to yourself) in the first running at watching the movie. In fact, Gore Verbinski did such a great job with his camerawork, lighting, audio, and spooky suspense technical work that this movie as like a great oil painting, and you could just sit there all day admiring the artistic values.
Who is the ‘ring’? This is a valid question, and the whole idea behind the ‘ring’ is that once you have watched the curse VHS tape, received the phone call from the demonic little girl, and the 7 days are up, then the last thing that the person will ever see is the ring that is wrapped around them as they are dragged into the well. The purpose of the well is that this is where the demonic little girl drowned, after surviving 7 days at the bottom.
Other than that the ‘ring’ has very little purpose to do with the movie, and this becomes very apparent at the end of the movie. There may have been a few spoilers in what has been written so far, but nothing that could take away from the actual experience in watching this movie.
Rings was terrible, so why should anyone think that The Ring would be any better? Granted, Rings was a terrible, convoluted movie that offered nothing new to the Ring franchise table, and what they did put forward puts a stain on the works done previously for the franchise.
Yeah, Rings wasn’t all that bad. No, it was worse, since the Rings movie showed too much of the demonic little girl that is trapped at the bottom of the well. As, in The Ring and The Ring Two, they never revealed too much of the face of the little girl as she is a sadistic embodiment of pure evil, and it is straight to hell with anyone who watches the false story of the evils existence.
Rings also made a trendy internet topic for the Rings video tape, and although we do live in a digital age, and it may have only made sense for producers to shift the weals of evil this created an even bigger problem of stopping the video from one day going viral. As, if the Ring home video tape was to go viral then there would be a nationwide incident, and this would be completely ridiculous and ruin the basic concepts for the movie that were there in the original.
Rings stars Johnny Galecki by the way. This is one of the few reasons that an audience member should admire the movie, but be warned that the actor only makes brief in and out appearances, only to die mid way through the movie. This is not a spoiler to my own knowledge, but perhaps a reason not to watch the second half of the movie.
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