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Total Crap: 4.41%

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by Greg Muskewitz

"Faces of fear."
5 stars

An effectively creepy, fear-inducing (not fear-reducing) film from Japanese director Hideo Nakata, who takes the superstitious curse on chain letters and actually applies it.

Only, the shift has been made from letters to videos, and it doesn’t matter if you make copies or not, but once the phone call comes your time is up; the body is left in a ghastly contortion, almost frozen with the mouth gaping open. Like the Japanese often allude to, trouble is provoked via the youth, so one weekend spent at a resort amongst a group of teenagers spawns several weeks of havoc. The opening introduction, wherein the results of the curse are laid out, is methodically planned and executed. There is a strategy utilized that unearths revelation and succeeds with, alternating so as to avoid tedium, goosebumps, scares, jolts and gasps. A chilling, sudoriferous prognostication remains persistent early on (aided by the haunting score), and Nakata is not one to make waste of building tension. However, unlike Scream, its sequels and ilk, Ring doesn’t settle down on the lower road to wreak hell with over-sexed and under-educated teens. Business is dealt with them early on (and returns to them only when necessary), which then leads to the search provided by a young newspaper reporter (and divorced, single mother) to what an answer might be. Ring serves to be a refreshing alternative from the typical schlock of Hollywood slasher flicks, inasmuch as that the means of death needn’t be by “slashing.” On the downside (but not so far down as to bury it), considering that every minute counts because of the anathema, the film lacks any reliable sense of time. In junction with that, from scene to scene there is a lack of smooth segues. From that perspective, it gives off the illusion that the story will last longer than it really does, but the fact that I was hoping it would continue should speak loudly enough.

With Nanako Matsushima, Miki Nakatani, Rikiya Otaka and Hiroyuki Sanada.

[Absolutely to be seen.]

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User Comments

4/08/16 David Hollingsworth A truly terrifying film that gets under your skin and stays there. 5 stars
10/27/08 blarginbadigalnohif the scariest movie of all time 5 stars
9/29/07 Bitchflaps Both versions of the Grudge are awful, as is the remake of this gem. 4 stars
2/06/07 David Pollastrini better than The Ring 5 stars
9/05/06 Bitchflaps The laughably poor remake will not alter this film's status as a cult favourite. 4 stars
8/16/06 anthonyuk far superior to the remake, excellent 5 stars
3/28/06 Idon'tneedtotellyoumyname Yeah right. Who could be scared by this? It's practically "The Grudge" or Ju-On. 1 stars
3/16/06 He11zz Scarry till drop 4 stars
9/27/05 . a must-see 5 stars
8/25/05 Eden It's not the god's gift of horror films like film geeks would have u believe 3 stars
6/01/05 Indrid Cold Naturally, film geeks hate the Hollywood version, but it blows away the Japanese version. 3 stars
4/12/05 t-1000 scary as heck 5 stars
3/26/05 ELI see the remake first, so then you'll realize how stupid + unscary this crap is. 1 stars
1/13/05 SAKURAZUKAMORI Much, much, MUCH better then the remake. 5 stars
11/16/04 Dunce Arty horror film w/great visuals & far superior to the crappy American remake or sequel. 5 stars
11/04/04 Tierra Holmes It's not that good 2 stars
8/10/04 kyotomatt my sister, not knowing Japanese, watched this movie and STILL was scared 5 stars
6/07/04 horror_blood BTW, the evil tape is almost completely different from the USA one. 4 stars
6/07/04 horror_blood Good movie, kinda boring, but don't expect it to be THAT MUCH better than the USA one. 4 stars
5/09/04 krishnakbs try sleeping after watching the movie -- its impossible.. 5 stars
5/02/04 pankaj kumbhar donot give background of movie. 1 stars
3/09/04 Charles Tatum Actually, good, but not as good as the remake 4 stars
2/23/04 Naturezrevenge Didn't scare me as much as the remake, but nonetheless, a good, round horror. Ringu2 better 4 stars
1/04/04 Mark Decent horror. 4 stars
1/01/04 Ingo Decent horror/drama - watch when alone... 4 stars
8/13/03 Jonel Only horror movie to ever leave a lasting impression long after watching the film! 5 stars
7/21/03 shish i scare easily but this bored the crap out of me. great idea though for a story 3 stars
6/14/03 Earl Dittman, Wireless Magazine Gore Verbinski's remake is full of cheese. This one is the best! 5 stars
4/27/03 Jenna The American remake is five times better. Don't waste your time with this. It's just ok. 3 stars
4/08/03 Dead Ringers FX rules! This is a fun and original movie. Better than original. And more expensive. 4 stars
4/01/03 Kyle Depends on which you've seen first. 4 stars
3/16/03 .Choadushouse. It's genius, but doesnt compare after seeing the American remake. Both truly horrifying! 4 stars
3/10/03 Film Dude I guess I went in with too high of expectations... 4 stars
3/10/03 Drehia Scared the hell out of me and I don't scare easy 5 stars
2/20/03 Dave Scary as Hell, but doesn't withstand repeated watchings. 4 stars
1/23/03 jack turdbret cool movie 4 stars
12/24/02 TheBomb69 slow to develop but the ending made it worthwhile 4 stars
12/21/02 palaboy101 A truly creepy movie. The American remake captures most of it's suspense, if not all. 5 stars
12/18/02 Chiendog Spielberg bought domestic rights so Dreamworks studios could remake it! What an asshole! 5 stars
10/31/02 Christos Nice Acting 5 stars
10/28/02 Joseph James I unplugged my TV for three days after seeing this, True horror. 5 stars
10/16/02 Amanda Great 5 stars
8/01/02 Kallisti_93 As good as Exorcist, and what Blair Witch wanted to be. Best horror is YEARS. 5 stars
7/21/02 sdjfsdkjf average but turned around completely in the last 5 minutes into scary stuff. Bastards. 3 stars
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