The Ring (2002)
USA / English
"In the well, no one can see... "A young journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone in a week of viewing it.
Superior, Atmospheric, Twisted Little Creepfest
The Ring did three things no film of late has done. It took the genre
of Horror seriously without going over the top. It is derived from a
superior story and translated to American film superbly, regardless of
what the naysayers say. And, while it starts off typically, it ascends
into a beautiful, darkling, twisted, genuinely creepy story, which
holds you through to the end.
Gore Verbinski's style is unmistakable. He has left this work well
marked with his stylistic shots, and suspenseful progression.
Actually, I found this far superior to most horrors done in the last
thirty years or so. A lot has been said about Ringu, the work from
which this was adapted for American cinema, and inevitable subsequent
comparisons made, however, that is certainly NOT the case. That
argument is moot, as this work was based on the novel, "The Ring" by
Koji Suzuki, so if you want something to which an honest comparison may
be made, I would suggest you read the book, and leave Ringu where it
belongs. Personally, I found the American adaptation much more to my
liking than Ringu.
This is one twisted little creep-fest! It rates an 8.7/10 from...
the Fiend :.
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