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The Ring 2 (2005)

The Ring 2 (2005)

Country:  USA

Director: Hideo Nakata

Main Stars: Naomi Watts, David Dorfman, Sissy Spacek, Elizabeth Perkins, Gary Cole, Simon Baker

Storyline:  6 months after the first film Samara Morgan has returned and so has the video

mv5bmty2odc2ntq2of5bml5banbnxkftztywnza4otu3__v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_Review (Spoils): Some high school couple dare each other to watch the film, the girl covers her eyes and Samara returns to kill the young man. Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts ) learns of the twisted death and she starts again on the hunt to stop the video and the terror of the ghost of Samara and to protect her son.

Again with the sequels but we all knew this one was going to happen as the Ringu series if large. We have the return of Rachel and once again her acting is well done for this film but it could not save the film from the lack of sense. This film is not even close to the first one and even the CGI effects in it could not bring it to justice. We have the return of the VHS tape, some deer in the forest that randomly attack a car, the ghost of Samara wanting her mommy (really?) and a whole lot of the same shit as the first film.

The storyline in this one is very weak…..

Rating: The first film (yes it was a remake) was actually not bad and I was looking forward to this one to follow suite but instead it became and dread of boredom and lack of story. The well, the TV and the nonsense of this film killed what could have been a great series.

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4/10 Beers!


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Dark Water (2002)

Dark Water (2002)

Country:  Japan

Director:  Hideo Nakata

Main Stars: Hitomi Kuroki, Rio Kanno, Mirei Oguchi

Storyline:  A single mother and her child move into a new apartment that is haunted by permeated water.

MV5BMzkyMzkzNDYwOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMjg3MzAzMQ@@__V1_SY317_CR5,0,214,317_AL_Review (Spoils):  Yoshimi (Hitomi Kuroki ) wins a custody battle over her daughter and wants to start a new beginning. She finds this small but nice little apartment that fits her budget and needs for them. Strange things start to happen such as visions of water, overflowing bathtubs, leaking on the ceiling and walls where there are no pipes and of course puddles on the floor. Yoshimi thinks she is starting to lose her mind but this is affecting her over emotional daughter also. The deadbeat landlord does not want anything to do with the issue or even the topic. Through time we find out it ties to a red kid’s bag and a ghostly little girl that keeps appearing.

This film falls under the Ringu type feel which a haunting which has a connection to a little girl and water. Hideo Nakata should have pulled away from that or maybe he was trying to better the storyline with this tale. Both tales are so closely similar it is almost like a more modern Ringu. The graphics of the little girl are pretty darn good and the elevator scene is memorable in the end.  This film might not be as creepy as Ringu but at the same time it is more straight forward and not as confusing.

Rating:  If you loved Ringu you’re going to like this one or be overly annoyed. To be honest this film is a better film then Ringu as it is not as confusing and everything does get pretty much explained and it does not leave you trying to figure out all the symbolism for years. But as being unique it fails unfortunately it comes after Ringu.

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6/10 Beers!


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Ringu (The Ring) (1998)

Ringu (The Ring) (1998)

Country: Japan

Director:  Hideo Nakata

Main Stars: Nanako Matsushima, Miki Nakatani, Yuko Takeuchi

Storyline:  A mysterious video if watch is murdering people





Review (Spoils): Before the successful movie The Ring there was the original Ringu.  Reiko Asakawa (Nanako Matsushima) is concerned as one of her nieces died of sudden heart failure with her face twisted in unreal features. After investigating she tracks down how a video tape if watched will curse including everyone that was with her niece. Somewhere along her son Yoichi (Rikiya Otaka) watches the tape and her ex husband Ryuji helps track down the curse of the video tape.

The acting in the film is very well done and actually the Japanese version tells more of the story (the well and the only strange daughter Sadako) than the remake. This is a great haunting film and this opened the doors of the hair over the eyes walking girl in blurriness. Which so damn films copied and are still coping (please stop!).

Rating: Ringu was a great film and the remake is also not bad so that alone means good storyline. I recommend this film and if possible try to watch this one first before its remake.




7/10 Beers!


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