The Ring 2 (2005)
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
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.
Children of the Corn 4 (1996)
Director: Greg Spence
Main Stars: Naomi Watts, Karen Black, Jamie Renee Smith, Mark Salling
Storyline: All the kids in a small town become sick and start to overtake old names of deceased children.
Review (Spoils): In a small town a number of the children become feverish and sick. The very next day they start to act more violent and start to take over personalities of deceased children of the past. The children start to kill off the adults of the town. When Grace (Naomi Watts ) returned to the small town she finds out that her young sister is dragged into the madness also.
We have lot of blood and gore in this entry as we have pitchforks, lots of scythes, a nasty barbed wire scene and some cut off fingers. The children are nasty in this one!!! Hell why not as they all do it for the One Who Walks Behind the Rows. We have some great acting from both Naomi Watts and Karen Black butthe fault of the film is the painful number of dream sequences that are thrown at the audience.
Rating: To be honest this film was not bad as the series was becoming painful with repeativeness but this one is a little different. They don’t really mention the cult at all as it is just assumed as you know you’re watching a Children of the Corn film. The gore is nice and some of the kills are entertaining so Greg Spence was a breath of fresh air for the series.
The Ring (2002)
Director: Gore Verbinski
Stars: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brain Cox, David Dorfman
Storyline: A young journalist investigates a videotape that is linked to anyone viewing it will die.
Review (spoils): Ok first off this is a remake of the classic Ringu. So we have the young blonde journalist named Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) who investigates a murder of 4 young people which links to a story of a haunting videotape. During this her dumb son watches the tape even though he was told not too and now she races against time to end the curse to save her son’s life.
The acting in the film is average but what do you want it’s a horror film. But the storyline does flow well and the actually scenes on the videotape are really well done. The emotion of the theme works well as the film has a groaning depressing feeling. Gore Verbinski did a great job doing this as the main little haunting girl (the classic and now over used choppy movements) is memorable for the new audiences and some of the classic scenes such as the horse and the boat is everlasting in the mind. That’s what you want in a horror film, leaving an everlasting mark in the mind to remind you of it. Hats off to you Mr. Verbinski for accomplishing that.
Rating: What I do have to say is this is a decent remake. Yes you heard that right (I hate remakes normally) but it’s true. Naomi Watts was the right person to lead this role and this film. Yes the kid can be annoying but what kid can’t be in horror? This is one of the best remakes out there for horror right now except for The Thing. If you have not seen this film, do yourself a favor and check it out.
Funny Games (2007)
Director: Michael Haneke
Main Stars: Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Michael Pitt, Brady Corbet
Storyline: Simple, two young men decide to take a family hostage at their cabin.
Review (Spoils): Did not know what I was getting into with this film. I did not know it was remake to top that off. This movie tried to shock but instead annoyed me. We have a nice little couple (Naomi Watts, Tim Roth) and their annoying son heading to the family cabin with their boat to enjoy the week vacation. For some unreal reason two young lads Paul and Peter (Michael Pitt, Brady Corbet) they are straight laced but a bit odd and oh nuts! It comes down to them asking to borrow some eggs and then the nightmare begins for the family. Well folks that the review and the storyline. The boys are annoying and I do not understand why the fuck they did not get clocked by one of the clubs in the golf bag. This movie just screams no sense if you were really in the situation. The only plus side of this film was the bra and panty scenes of Naomi Watts but even than you cannot get into because the scene is not a feel good scene.
Rating: This movie is just really a waste. Too much back and forth and the attackers are just clean cut and dumb. With no reason this film just has nothing to it. Warm beer on this one.