Release Date: October 18th, 2002.
Written by: Ehren Kruger, Koji Suzuki, and Hiroshi Takahashi.
Directed by: Gore Verbinski.
Starring: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox, David Dorfman, and Daveigh Chase.
Not only was The Ring the first J-Horror remake to hit it big at the Box Office, but it ended up being nearly as good as the original was, which is no easy thing to accomplish. Many have tried to competently remake Asian Horror, and many have failed, or at least done a mediocre job of it.
Now, 90% of the time we'll take the original over a remake, especially when it comes to Foreign Horror being remade for the English-speaking market, but The Ring was special in that it managed to work as its own movie without completely crapping all over the source material from which it was taken. It was also pretty damn scary.
Plus, how ridiculously hot was Naomi Watts back in 2002?
|WHEN THEY SAY 7 DAYS, THEY MEAN 7 DAYS.|
|AFRAID. DEFINITELY AFRAID.|
|THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS IN 7 DAYS.|
The thing about The Ring is that from the very start of the movie, it fills you with an overwhelming feeling of dread, which doesn't really let up until the credits roll. Not sure how Gore Verbinski pulled it off so well, but good luck finding a more atmospheric movie from the early 00's. Especially one of the PG-13 variety. They're out there, but they are a rare beast indeed.
The mythology of Samara is what really got us the most, as our minds couldn't stop wondering who she was, and exactly how she came to be like that. The whole shady adoption and the fact that "she was never quite right" just made us think that the poor child was born with a Demon inside of her. Or at least some kind of spirit.
We also love how the movie seems to be drawing to a close, with a happy ending for all, and then it goes "Oh, wait. Just one more thing..." That one more thing ended up being a truly terrifying scene, and one of the most memorable of the past two decades.
|WELL, WELL, WELL...|
I guess we'll find all of that out in the upcoming prequel, Rings.
|WHO IS THE GIRL BEHIND THE HAIR?|
So really, the whole premise would become moot once DVD's came into being. *And don't give me the old "Well, they could have just uploaded the video onto the Internet!" bullshit, because back then, the Internet wasn't what it is now, and unless some Tech Geek got a hold of the tape to rip and upload it, no one would have been able to figure it out.
The premise worked really well for the late 90's (when the original story was written) though.
|THIS MOVIE MAKES US MISS VIDEOTAPES.|
|"MAKE A WISH, SWEETHEART."|
|OH, AND SAMARA IS ALL GROWN UP NOW, AND LOOKS WAY LESS CREEPY.|
|YEAH. SHE'S A KEEPER.|
If you haven't already seen this top-notch remake, then you should.
The Ring is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD.