The Ring

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Director: Gore Verbinski

Cast: Gore Verbinski, Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, David Dorfman


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A disturbing videotape appears to hold the power of life and death over those who view it in this offbeat thriller. A strange videotape begins making the rounds in a town in the Pacific Northwest; it is full of bizarre and haunting images, and after watching it, many viewers receive a telephone call in which they are warned they will die in seven days. A handful of


A disturbing videotape appears to hold the power of life and death over those who view it in this offbeat thriller. A strange videotape begins making the rounds in a town in the Pacific Northwest; it is full of bizarre and haunting images, and after watching it, many viewers receive a telephone call in which they are warned they will die in seven days. A handful of teenagers who watched the tape while spending a weekend at a cabin in the mountains scoff at the threat, but as predicted, they all die suddenly on the same night. Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts), the aunt of one of the ill-fated teens, is a journalist who has decided to investigate the matter and travels West with her young son, Aidan (David Dorfman), a troubled child who has been drawing pictures of strange and ominous visions. Rachel managed to find the cabin in the woods and watches the video herself; afterward, she receives the same phone call, and realizes she must solve the puzzle of the video and the person or persons behind it within a week. Rachel turns to her ex, Noah (Martin Henderson), an expert in video technology, who at first is convinced the story is a hoax until he digs deeper into the mystery. The Ring was adapted from a 1996 Japanese film by Hideo Nakata, which became a massive box-office success in Asia and spawned two sequels.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A truly blood-chilling exercise in supernatural horror, this American remake of Hideo Nakata's 1998 Japanese cult classic depicts the inexplicable marriage of demonic malevolence and modern technology. The nightmarish tale gets underway as newspaper reporter Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) investigates the bizarre fates of teenagers who have died exactly seven days after watching a certain videotape. Rachel watches the tape and pooh-poohs the idea that it might be cursed -- until her young son (David Dorfman) starts making eerie drawings similar to those produced by the victims just days before they died. Despite the occasional plot hole -- suspension of disbelief is a given in horror, anyway -- screenwriter Ehren Kruger crafts a spine-tingling story that is visualized splendidly by director Gore Verbinski, who establishes a sinister, melancholy mood early on and sustains it through the excruciatingly tense final reel. This isn't really an actor's movie, but Watts handles herself surprisingly well, making believable that which is patently unbelievable. She gets able support from Brian Cox (playing a lonely old man whose past sins have a bearing on the present carnage) and Martin Henderson, who is extremely winning as the video geek who helps Rachel analyze the deadly tape. This ambitious little thriller isn't always logical, but it's relentlessly creepy, and that's a quality you always want in a horror movie.
All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Though the majority of truly effective scares in The Ring resound most clearly when borrowed from the original source material, Gore Verbinski's reworking of the phenomenally successful 1998 Japanese film Ringu is a suitably chilling version of the story, which has already seen a Korean remake, two sequels, and a made-for-television movie. Wisely opting for a sustained sense of dread over a series of shock scenes or an over-reliance on special effects, The Ring also benefits from the suitable and assured lead performance of actress Naomi Watts, despite some over-dramatization of events early on. The majority of newly incorporated plot elements are also fairly effective, with at least one instance aboard an island-bound ferry reaching a fever pitch of disturbing heights. And though many of these elements work within the context of the story, certain embellishments are more distracting than effective. The properties of the video that spark the desperate investigation of its origins, as well as the video itself, seem slightly more forced, even if the plot developments that they ultimately lead to are indeed intriguing. A hypnotic melding of obscure nightmarish imagery in the Japanese theatrical release, the video as presented in the American remake, as one character so eloquently states, is "very student film." This isn't to say that it isn't effective in terms of uncomfortable imagery, but rather that it lacks the subtleties that made the original so obscurely menacing. This can also be said of the character of Samara. Where the original wisely refrained from giving the audience a good look at this terrifying figure of mysterious origins, we simply see too much of her here. Her seemingly unearthly and unnatural movements, so effectively realized by utilizing an actress versed in Kabuki theater in the original, is here less-engagingly realized with special effects and trick photography. Also integrating elements from the sequel as well as other contemporary Japanese chillers, The Ring pays homage to its origins while maintaining a decidedly American slant. A highly stylized visual stunner, Verbinski's sparse frame recalls the original while cinematographer Bojan Bazelli's photography helps the film stand on its own as a lusciously foreboding rain-soaked nightmare.

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Dreamworks Video
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[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Never-before-seen short film created by Gore Verbinski exclusively for the video release that reveals more electrifying secrets about the mystery of The Ring; Trailer for Ringu, the original international box-office hit that started it all

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Naomi Watts Rachel Keller
Martin Henderson Noah
David Dorfman Aidan
Brian Cox Richard Morgan
Jane Alexander Dr. Grasnik
Lindsay Frost Ruth
Pauley Perrette Beth
Amber Tamblyn Katie
Rachael Bella Becca
Sara Rue Babysitter
Shannon Cochran Anna Morgan
Daveigh Chase Samara
Richard Lineback Innkeeper
Sasha Barrese Girl Teen #1
Joanna Lin Black Cashier
Alan Blumenfeld Harvey
Adam Brody Male Teen #1
Keith Campbell Ship's Mate
Gary Cervantes Painter
Joseph Chrest Doctor
Aixa Clemente Nurse
Stephanie Erb Donna
Art Frankel Cal
Tess Hall Girl Teen #2
Chuck Hicks Ferry Worker
Ronald William Lawrence Library Clerk
Billy Lloyd Darby
Coleen Maloney Mourner #1
Maura McNamara Girl On Ferry
Catherine Paolone Mourner #2
David Povall Girl's Father
Joe Sabatino Orderly
Michael Spound Dave
Lindsey Stoddart Grad Student
Sandra Thigpen Teacher
Guy Richardson Librarian
Gina Segall Singer
Fiachra Trench Conductor

Technical Credits
Gore Verbinski Director
Benita Allen-Honess Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Slamm Andrews Sound Mixer
Richard Baker Makeup Special Effects
Bojan Bazelli Cinematographer
Denise Chamian Casting
Cinovation Studios Makeup Special Effects
Craig Wood Editor
Burt Dalton Special Effects Supervisor
Tom Duffield Production Designer
Harry K. Garvin Camera Operator
Daniel B. Gold Camera Operator
Giselle Gurza Asst. Director
Christine Iso Co-producer
Ehren Kruger Screenwriter
Mike Macari Executive Producer
Laurie MacDonald Producer
Peter Miller Sound/Sound Designer
Walter Parkes Producer
Fred Roth Asst. Director
Jodi Rothfield Casting
Roy Lee Executive Producer
Amy Schmiederer Makeup
Maya Shimoguchi Set Decoration/Design
Patrick M. Sullivan Art Director
Michele Weisler Executive Producer
Julie Weiss Costumes/Costume Designer
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. You Will Die in Seven Days [7:31]
2. Rachel and Aiden [5:05]
3. Katie's Funeral [2:57]
4. Photographs [6:17]
5. Shelter Mountain [1:47]
6. The Tape [3:05]
7. Make Me a Copy [5:15]
8. No Fingerprints [5:10]
9. Becca [2:07]
10. A Lighthouse [3:10]
11. Who Is Anna Morgan? [4:53]
12. Bad Dream [1:53]
13. Aidan Watches the Tape [5:17]
14. Ferry Ride [4:08]
15. Medical Records [2:08]
16. Mr. Morgan [7:59]
17. Family Doctor [4:51]
18. Bath Time [6:48]
19. The Barn [3:09]
20. The Well [14:16]
21. Samara Returns [6:11]
22. It Won't Stop [2:51]
23. End Credits [8:09]

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The Ring 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 93 reviews.
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''The ring'' was the most scariest movie of 2002.I think you should see ''The ring'' because there is an awful secret behind the ring that you see after seven days is up and after you see the tape.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's been a long time since I've been freaked out in a movie. The beginning was a bit hoaky, but when it really got into the plot, I was hooked. I still can't get the images out of my head....
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the most scariest movie in the history of horror that I have seen. This was scary as hell. I couldn't sleep for a month I couldn't get the part out of my head were she crawls out of the tv. That was freaky!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was truly scary. Not really bloody/gory/axe murderer - type scary. But ghostly eerie scary. It was probably the most eeire movie i ever saw. It will keep you on the edge of your seat. I saw it in theaters with my friend and we SCREAMED so many times! It's my favorite movie of all time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw 'The Ring' in the theaters with a friend of mine and the first 5 minutes I was scared. This movie had me freaked out.It was the best horror flick that I've seen. It's a MUST SEE!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Scarier than the Excorcist! Only PG-13! This movie is one of the scariest movies I've ever seen. This movie proves that gore/serial killers are unnecessary to make a horror movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never been a big one on horror movies, because I thought they were all really lame. But then i saw this movie, and even now, 4 months after I first saw it, I turn my TV against the wall. I think it was probably the scariest movie I have ever seen. a word of advice: after you see this movie, do not think about it before you sleep. EVER. especially the day of a big test or final or something. YOU WILL NOT SLEEP.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is great. If you don't get scared easily, you will still like this because it actually has a plot!! You have to use your brain to fill in the plot holes. That also means that different people can fill in different things and that makes the movie that much better. It doesnt put limits on the audience. Now if you DO get scared easily, and like being scared, this is a good intellectual thril. This is a must buy or at least go rent it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As far as horror films go, I am normally not scared to the point that I can't sleep well the following night, but THE RING is an exceptionally scary film. Not only was I scared out of my whits the night after the film, but I was freaked out within minutes of it starting, which is also a rarity. In discussions with friends about film, I can't help but mention this one because of it's brilliance from the second it starts until the screaching hault at the end. THE RING is one great big roller coaster ride of emotions, and its not really any less scary the second time you see it. Every once in a while I still have images in my head of Samara coming out of the well and THEN out of the T.V. See this one, and you will never go back to those rediculous teen slash-thrillers. Samara will kick their @$$ anytime, anyday. She is pure evil and she will wisper 'Seven Days' into the night for eternity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was truly impressed with this movie that was smart as well as terrifying. It has great atmosphere and it has a spooky quality all the way through. It also has the scariest ending sequence I have ever seen. Its really refreshing to see a great scary movie without all of the mindless blood and guts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was such a good movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best horror movie of 2002. I now want to see ''Ringu''. The one made in Japan. It is a very good movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is really scary! The graphics on this movie is excellent. Had to sleep with someone after watching this movie. This movie had kinda of a stupid plot but the way they show dead people or when the little girl comes out in the end ...gruesome...
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the most frightening movies I have ever seen. I am not normally weak at heart, but this psychological thriller had me up nights. At first I didn't believe all the hype but I decided to go watch it for myself and it definitely scared me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Ring puts to shame the vast majority of other attempts at horror. Other movies try to hide the lack of story and characterization by the use of gore, etc. The Ring will just suck you in! (What do I mean by that? See it and you will believe!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've seen scary movies in my day, but this doesn't even begin to fit into that catagory. This film is ingenius in its twisted plot. After my first viewing in the theatre; I found myself THRILLINGLY HORRIFIED! This movie changed me just as it will change you.You'll never look at a horror film the same way again. I would recommend it to anyone with a pair of... well, you know... atleast anyone with some serious guts. Anyway, WATCH THIS FILM!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all let me say that this is the scariest movie I have ever seen. Ok now for the bone chilling parts... On the DVD release that I have, during the opening warnings about copy right law etc... the screen will flicker and get staticky. also... when Rachel gets off of the ferry on her way to the island, a picture of THE RING will flash on the screen. When you are on the DVD main menu, you can navigate through it. Keep on pushing the up or down or whatever your dvd player has on it until the red arrow dissappears. Now press enter or ok or go or whatever and watch what happens... it will play the film that is inside of the movie that makes the actors/actresses die and you cannot stop it from playing. You can't pause it, you can't stop it, you can't fastforward or anything. Really, nice touches on the DVD release.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Naomi Watts does a terrific job of playing a reporter (named Rachel) who investigates the death of several teenagers who die 7 days after watching a videotape which depicts eerie images. With the help of her ex-boyfriend, she tries to find out the truth behind these mysterious deaths. In the meantime, she is in a race for time, for she too has watched the cursed videotape and must uncover the truth within 7 days. The acting is terrific (especially that of Naomi Watts). The director Gore Verbinski does an outstanding job of remaking the famous 1998 Japanese movie ''Ringu'' on which it is based. In fact, I think that this remake is better than the original (which I have seen). An eerie atmosphere pervades every scene; the ''death'' video itself is very creepy and the film builds up to an incredibly scary and effective climax. This movie really gave me the creeps and it was difficult to get the images out of my mind for several days after watching it. Be warned: even though this movie is rated PG-13, it is very, very scary and may not be suitable for younger children. Don't watch it alone at night!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the best horror flick of 2003! It keeps you at the edge of your seat. Good plot, great effects. What else could you ask for. Definitely a MUST SEE!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
`The Ring¿, produced by Gore Verbinski, is an adaptation of the classic Japanese horror film `Ring¿ and this westernised version keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end with plenty of twists and turns and nail biting terror as the fast paced plot takes it audience to the depths of horror and back. Immediately we are sucked into the world of female journalist Rachel Keller, who discovers a disturbing videotape with bizarre images and an even more bizarre history. Everyone who watches this disturbing tape dies seven days later after receiving an anonymous phone call sealing their fate. Rachel, with the help of her ex, desperately searches for the truth behind the tape as time runs out for her and her son. Will she make it? Well you¿ll just have to wait and see. Gore Verbinski manages to capture the sheer terror and nail biting tension of the original version and recreate it exceedingly well. Despite the lack of gore and limited use of carnage, this film works really well as it doesn¿t conform to may traditional horror films-there¿s no semi naked woman running straight into the killers trap (sorry lads) and there is no bumbled police investigation to complicate matters, its just pure horror that gets your imagination working overtime. Immediately you are sucked in and not released until the final credits, and even then you find yourself unable to move from your seat from the sheer punch this movie packs. This film doesn¿t give the audience chance to pause, and I recommend you watch this with an empty bladder and a large pillow to hide behind, prepare to be scared...........to death.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movies is totally freaky! Especially when the little girl comes out of the tV and kills the guy. This movie is very enjoyable.