A journalist (Naomi Watts) investigates a mysterious video tape which causes the deaths of whoever watches it. An American remake of the Japanese original, Ringu (1998)
This is one of those films which I have been aware of for a long time but only managed to watch recently. The reputation of the film precedes it, although I’m genuinely not really too much of a fan of Naomi Watts.
While this film isn’t stellar, it is still quite good. It uses slow burning tension to create its scares, and this film must’ve been horrifying when originally released in cinemas as a great deal of the tension arises from the stillness between the action. However, I’m saying this without having seen the Japanese original…
Visually, the film is dark and forbidding. I can see why the whole Ring story has accrued the reputation it has. It flirts with the typical horror tropes while at the same time not sacrificing itself completely to it, which is good. Daveigh Chase as Samara was so eerie as psychologically I’ve linked her with Lilo and Stitch so as a result her voice seemed so surreal.
While it is not an amazing film, for a horror film it is not too bad.
MY RATING: *** / *****