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The Ring-My Honest Review

Updated on October 26, 2014
Ring-The Movie
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The Ring made me jump in my seat!

It's absolutely true. I went to the movies with a friend one evening to catch this flick called The Ring. I already knew the story from the original Japanese version but I was curious to see how it was redone in the US. Many people criticized the American remake of the film for adding in too many special effects taking away the chill factor of the original. In fact most of my friends here in Japan thought the same but still curiosity got the best of me. Maybe it was my low expectations and bad reviews from my friends, but I rather enjoyed the film and it literally made me jump in my seat a few times.

Not your average teenage horror flick


The Ring is a remake of a Japanese film called RING. The storyline is similar but there are many differences. The US version of The Ring adds many extra details that the Japanese version does not have. For example, the US version adds some special effects to the film while the original Japanese version uses very little probably because of the Japanese preference for subtlety.

The Ring is not your typical aimed-at-teens horror movie with college kids getting slashed one after another. The storyline is simple. If you watch a certain video tape, you will die within seven days. I won't get into the actual story because that's for your to find out on your own and I don't want to give it away. Part of the enjoyment of this movie is trying to figure out the mysteries behind the haunted tape.

The movie relies on subtlety rather than in-your-face shocking scenes although there are a few scenes that will make you jump out of your seats like I did. However the feeling of dread and fear is constant throughout the entire film. The Ring is a complex movie with lots of mystery that separates it from your typical horror movie.

A well made remake of the original

In conclusion, I really thought the remake of The Ring was well done and genuinely scary. In fact, it's a movie that I don't recommend watching alone. Full of eerie atmosphere with hidden clues and symbols littered throughout the movie, The Ring delivers more than cheap thrills.

The Grudge
The Grudge

This was another film based on a Japanese film called JUON. After seeing this film, elevators scared me for weeks.

 

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      TransplantedSoul 3 years ago

      I enjoyed this movie. I like horror movies that have suspense and are not all blood and guts.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VinnWong: Yeah me too Vinn.

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      VinnWong 3 years ago

      This one scared the begeezus out of me. I was scared the answer the phone for weeks.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @lesliesinclair: Yes, it's not just horror movies but for general movies as well unless it's action of course.

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      Now I find it interesting to know more about the Japanese preference for subtlety in movies, distinguishing it from the prevalence of in-you-face action on the American shores.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @PriyabrataSingh: Prepare prepare prepare!!!

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      PriyabrataSingh 3 years ago

      I am prepared to be frightened. I am looking forward to this movie right at 12 mid night. Thanks for the lens.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @WriterJanis2: Prepare to be frightened!

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      What a perfect time of year to watch this as Halloween is almost here.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @RussnJo: Yes let me know what you think!

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      RussnJo 3 years ago

      Oooh, I love suspense - but not a fan of the hack-n-slash I definitely will have to see this one!

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      Scary stuff!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @girlfriendfactory: It definitely was a creepy movie. Thank you for the nice comment!

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      girlfriendfactory 3 years ago

      The Ring was one freaky movie ~ one of the kinds I like because it's not what you expect! Great job on your review!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Stuwaha: Oh, I haven't read the book yet. I just might do that. The Orphanage sounds like something I might enjoy. Thanks for the suggestion!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VspaBotanicals: Thanks Vspa. I usually shy away from scary movies but my friend forced me to watch this one.

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      Stuwaha 3 years ago

      Both the Ring and The Grudge somehow managed to make wet hair terrifying :) I haven't seen the original Japanese version as of yet. Have you read the book? It's also very different than the film. The last horror movie that I really enjoyed was The Orphanage... it was produced in Spanish but I didn't mind the subtitles at all.

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      VspaBotanicals 3 years ago

      This movie had hairs standing up on my arms...but I love scary movies and this one was worth the money. Excellent lens!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Minoru10: I totally agree with everything you said Minoru.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @shauna1934: oh the exorcist haunted me for months!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @LisaMarieGabriel: It is! I suggest you watch it. :)

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      Michael Yoshinaka 3 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      Loved it, but I do love the subtle creepiness of the original japanese version.

      I think sometimes you just can't beat the old skool ways of film making. Now

      a days it is too easy to make special effects to the point they almost all look alike.

      And the movies like paranormal activity where they are filming with a camera in their own

      hands and it supposed to give it a real life effect but little things going on and bad acting

      along with the jerking of the cameras with some good special effects gets boring to me.

      Just a bunch of dizzing effects and screams. I like the concept but after a while....they're

      all the same.

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      shauna1934 3 years ago

      What about the exorcist? Yikes!

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      It looks too scary for me :)

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Kim Milai: I know exactly how you feel. I kept looking at my phone!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Blessed Liez: It really did make me jump out of my seat! It's funny now but it wasn't that funny at that moment. I had popcorn on my lap. ;)

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      Kim Milai 3 years ago

      This is extremely disturbing fun. I watched it by myself during the day and had to watch the last half hour standing by our open front door keeping a corner of my eye on our lawn mowing neighbor to run to.

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      Kareen Liez 3 years ago from Philippines

      Great review! The movie looks interesting. I have watched other versions but didn't find it scary. Guess this one is 'coz it made you jump on your seat!lol