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4.0 out of 5 stars the 1 star reviewers have are not credible
Dont believe the one star reviews. I love horror, good horror. This is a better adaptation of an ok japanese film.
Its not a classic, but has enought twists, interest and scarey bits in it to keep interest. Like, say, 28 Days Later.
I have to laugh at the 1 star reviewers. One said that we should watch classics like Friday the 13th etc. These films are rubbish, and...
Published on Nov. 12 2003 by glynenergy
3.0 out of 5 stars Viscerally creepy, but not a whole lot more than that
Gore Verbinski's THE RING is the classic example of a film that is all style and very little, if any, substance. Verbinski certainly knows how to make a creepy horror film: this film is laced with atmosphere and dread and gray skies. Technically, it is quite impressive. It's too bad that all the skillful visuals are put in the service of a really dumb plot---or, at least,...
Published on July 17 2004 by Kenji Fujishima
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but see the original,
This review is from: The Ring (Widescreen) (Bilingual) (DVD)Having watched the original (which I liked), I made a super conscious effort not to compare the two. But really, the remake leaves much to be desired even without comparing the two. We get the customary recycled scenes from horror movies past - dumb teens from a hundred slasher movies discussing boys ("did you sleep with him? Omigod you did!") and urban legends; Naomi choking on electrodes (beats throwing up bugs and other crawlies I expect); the super insightful child with lousy social skills (at least Haley Osment was likeable); the really evil child a' la Damien (Damien was the devil's son, but what's up with this girl?); animals (horses in this case) spooked by the evil presence (remember the zoo scene in the Omen - that was way scarier); and the list goes on. For me, the last straw was showing the evil girl's face in all its gory detail at the end. Was I the only one who thought she was a dead ringer (pardon me Mr Cronenberg) for Linda Blair? Or was that effect intentional? In the original, the girl's face remains masked by her hair - a much creepier effect. She "senses" her way towards the victims without making eye contact - killing is impersonal and senseless "nothing personal mate, but you're next". And you wait in anticipation for the hair to part, which it doesn't and preserves the enigma and the mystery.
Having said that, the remake is standard horror fare and gets 3 stars for effort. If you can, catch the original. There is a real sense of melancholia in the original - it is essentially a terribly sad story about betrayal (in the case of the child in the well), and redemption where the protagonists risk their lives to save their own child who has seen the video. Even in redemption, there is loss, as the child's father loses his life in the end. Hope you sense like I did at the end of the movie (either one) that somehow The Ring is a veiled reference to those pesky chain letters one receives, and discards with great trembling hands.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Horror Movie that doesn't resort to Gore,
This review is from: The Ring (Widescreen) (Bilingual) (DVD)I think what impressed me most about this movie is that it was the scariest that I had seen since "The Exorcist". And yet it was not at all gory or gross; it definitely doesn't play to the lowest common denominator. And let's face it: today's audiences have been so innudated what blood, gore, and gross-out movie effects, that such things just aren't scary anymore. Now, when I see a particularly graphic movie, I'm not thinking "Oh my God!", I'm thinking, "How did they create that effect?". Many times, I have heard movie audiences laugh or hoot when someone gets eviscerated. The gross-out factor actually works AGAINST creating a sense of horror. But in this movie, the shocking shots are so brief, they're almost subliminal. Somehow, that makes them VERY frightening; you're left thinking, "What the hell was that?" Believe me, this movie will stay with you long after the last frame.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Ring, better or worse than the original Japanese hit?,
This review is from: The Ring (Widescreen) (Bilingual) (DVD)Having seen both of them, and having liked the original alot I came into the theatre very skeptical. Being an Otaku of years past I had come to believe that all things in Japan were better than anything America could conjure up. I sat down and I was scared. This movie is visually more frightening and more scary than the Japanese. I also like the fact that they took out that the report's boyfriend was somewhat of a telepath. I felt that didn't really add to the story or aid it in any way.
Overall I liked The Ring and I found it more scary than the original.
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre at best,
This review is from: The Ring (Widescreen) (Bilingual) (DVD)Despite what the majority of reviewers have said, this is not the greatest horror film ever made. It's not even close. While the concept is intriguing, some of the images disturbing, and the end suitably twisted, the writers missed Ghost Stories 101. What makes a great ghost story is history. The Ring had too many holes in the story for it to really be effective. I haven't seen the DVD, so maybe some of that problem will be alleviated with the bonus material, but my initial impression is one of either poor writing or poor story editing. The most effective device in this film was the use of sound. Rarely have I encountered a film in which the sound acts like a character. For a truly frightening film, try The Changeling or The Haunting (the original).
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the scariest movies I've ever seen,
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This review is from: The Ring (Widescreen) (Bilingual) (DVD)"The Ring" is set in the Pacific Northwest, with every outdoor shot under a rainy and drab sky. This setting is perfect for the gloomy, claustrophobic atmosphere that never lets up. Even the interior sets have an overall greenish gray color with some amazing cinematography.
Naomi Watts is a strong lead and after this and "Mullhollard Drive" she should have a great career in the future. There have been numerous comparisons between her son in the movie and Haley Joel Osment in "The Sixth Sense," and I'm sad to say that I agree--he seems like a very creepy rip-off of that character. That is, however, one of the few weak points in the film.
There is very little onscreen violence, but don't think that you won't be flinching away from the screen anyway. There are some disturbing images that haunt you in a way that blood and gore can't. The video doesn't have any images that are stand-alone scary, but you feel you are watching something that will shock you at any second. When the last ring comes up to signify the video's end, it comes with a sense of dread and of "what did I just watch?" Then the phone rings. . .
I can honestly say that no movie has terrified me as much as this one. The images and static crackling of that haunting video will stay with you for weeks--not to mention the girl in the closet! And do you know any other horror movie that has its climax (a real jaw-dropper) take place at around 8:30 in the morning?
You may be left wondering, "Just how did the victims die?" The film answers this question pretty clearly, but at the same time leaves the macabre details up to the viewer, and any conclusion you draw will undoubtedly be horrifying.
5.0 out of 5 stars read why this is 5 stars,
This review is from: The Ring (Widescreen) (Bilingual) (DVD)when i first saw the commercials for "the ring", i knew that this movie was going to be something different than the run of the mill horror movie, and couldn't wait to watch it. (i'm not even a horror movie lover)
i must say, this is the SCARIEST movie i have ever seen. from the beginning sequence, your curiosity is tweaked as to why someone dies seven days from watching a mysterious (and disturbing) video. as the movie progresses, the deeper and more unpredictable it gets, with each scene relevant in leading up to a killer, twisted ending.
i don't go into details about the plot b/c the more the story is revealed, the less entertaining it is. so entertaining, i couldn't sleep for days after this movie.
i applaud anyone who puts this in the dvd player more than once.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good mindless fun,
This review is from: The Ring (Widescreen) (Bilingual) (DVD)This American remake of the 1998 Japanese classic "Ringu" does a fairly good job of staying true to the original film, and novel somewhat. The story is new to the horror genre in the west, which revolves around a cursed videotape that kills its viewers seven days after viewing it. Gore Verbinski does a good job of keeping the visuals pretty chilling throughout the film. Unfortunately, the story line lacks somewhat, and the viewer can't helped but feel that the movie is being rushed at some points, and drags on incoherently in others. Still, if you turn your mind off and just take in the movie instead of processing it on your first viewing, you'll get a good deal of the story down; you can then go back and view it again if you have any further questions about where the story is going. In the end, this film is a very decent and fresh addition to a rather stale genre in American cinema. Like the original Japanese version, which spawned three sequels, a hit television series, and popular manga, the American version leaves the ending of the movie very open for a possible sequel. For a step in a new direction, I recommend at least one viewing of this film, if only for fun.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ring may be the creepiest film I've ever seen!,
This review is from: The Ring (Widescreen) (Bilingual) (DVD)Ignore the Amazon Editorial on this film, this one's a winner! I've probably watched more horror films than most people. Time and time again I'm disappointed in how bad most of them are. There have been a few recent exceptions including The Others and Frailty, but for the most part horror has been awful (e.g., They). I was incredibly impressed with The Ring. Sure, it has a few lose ends, but for pure creep-factor, it ranks up there among the best horror films I've ever seen. This is one of the rare films that actually gave me goosebumps! Normally I'm pretty unflappable when it comes to horror movie scares, but this film has several whoppers, especially the final 10 minutes. This film does everything right; no stupid humor, no Dawson's Creek cast members, and no terrible rock soundtrack that will be outdated a year from now. This film is just crackles with a creepy intensity. From the moment it begins, it moves. You won't be bored for one second. Once it ends, you'll want to watch it again immediately. I've watched it three times and I've learned more and more each time I've watched it. I promise you that you will never look at your television the same way again. . .
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1.0 out of 5 stars BORING,
This review is from: The Ring (Widescreen) (Bilingual) (DVD)alright folks, forget the hype. not only is The Ring just NOT scary at the slightest, but it's exessively boring. i had a difficult time just staying awake during this. the entire film is so gloomy and depressing. although, i do have to admit that the acting was better than most horror movies, it just didn't do anything for me. i would only recommend this if you are a horror flick veteran, but if you're like me, and you think 95% of all horror movies end up sucking major @$$ than stay AWAY.
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The Ring (Widescreen) (Bilingual) by Gore Verbinski (DVD - 2003)
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