Director: F. Javier Gutierrez
Main Stars: Matilsa Anna Ingrid Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Vincent D’Onofrio, Aimee Teegarden, Bonnie Morgan
Storyline: A school study of the soul leads back to the tape and the history of Samara’s mother
Review (Spoils): The film opens with the storyline of Gabriel (big surprise on the name played by Johnny Galecki) talking students one by one to watch the tape so that he can the be shot of the discover of the soul. This leads the young Julia on a hunt for her missing boyfriend as he watched the tape. She confronts the teacher and a fellow student named Skye (Aimee Teegarden) and starts to learn that there is more to this than finding her boyfriend.
This film started off actually okay with the school storyline and the babe Aimee Teegarden but then it started to run off the rails as they hunt for the body of Evelyn, Samara’s mother. Once you get the point of priest so the movie runs into a sadness of boredom and no shit Sherlock! The idea was great at the beginning as it gave the series a bit of a Hellraiser type feel and then it just became another generic too much information on the history storyline. The marking on the hand also was a bit of stretch.
We have videotapes, electronic format now of the video, Samara, black wet hair, car wreck, some blood, screaming, a little okay scene of hair out of the mouth, Samara coming out of laptop and of course lots of flashy scenes of the video. Not much on the scares as a lot of it has been done before.
Rating: Like stated above this film had a great idea and storyline and then it went lazy. It took the easy way out and started to tell a tale that nobody really gives a rat ass about. Whole series has been around Samara we do not need a huge storyline why her mother treated her like crap and killed her. Plus, you killed Aimee Teegarden near the beginning of the film. Eye candy gone and shitty change in storyline makes this film lacking.
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.
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.
Ringu (The Ring) (1998)
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.