The Ring

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

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.

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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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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

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The Ring 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 93 reviews.
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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 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
i saw this movie late at night a my friends house and had nighmares for days. this movie is so scary but it is really good. if you like scay movies, rent this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Why was it a WOMAN who crawled out of the TV at the end and NOT the little girl? anyone know this? I really want to know.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a horror movie person myself, and I saw the movie at the last minute at the theater, never even heard of it. When I saw it, it made me wait impatiently till it came out on video
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 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
"i don't make them, i see them and they just...are" (for those of you who have seen this movie, you know what i mean) oh my god i love this movie. it's so suspensful and really scary. I saw alone at night and i couldn't look at the tv for week. if you haven't seen this movie, rent it
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best horror movie i've seen in a long while.
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
This movie is somewhat scary especially the part where Samara comes out of the well with only her long black hair covering pratcially her whole face and then he crawls out of the T.V. able to reach her unsuspecting and speechless victims.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is one of the worst I have ever seen. If you have not seen it yet don't, and if you have all I can say is that I'm sorry for you. The movie is bad for several reasons the first being that the plot never explains itself, the second that you feel like you are watching all first time actors with no experience whatsoever, and lastly the movie IS NOT SCARY at all. The movie tries very hard to be scary but fails miserably. It doesn't even get a jump out of you.The movie is very predictable as to when something ''scary'' is about to happen. You feel it coming a mile away and it ruins it for you. I spent most of the movie trying not to laugh at the stupidity of it and I almost couldn't finish watching itbecause of this. So my final words of warning are DO NOT SEE THIS MOVIE!!!
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
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
The ring was one of my favorite movies of all time it kept me at the edge of my seat the whole time the ending has to be the best ending for a movie i seen i recommed it to everyone
Guest More than 1 year ago
i luv this movie! it's pretty scary and soooooooo creepy! there are quite a few scenes that made me jump! out of all the horror movies i've seen- this is by far the best! if u luv 2 get freaked out- WATCH IT!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie! it had a good plot, story line and acting. BUT it didn't have any scary parts! Like one part where the little girl comes out of the TV. Not so scary. Its a excelent movie but very fake. P.S. People passed out in the movie theater when they saw this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After watching this movie in theaters, I was terrified! I can't see how people think this movie is not scary. This movie keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time! Awesome!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an eery and suspenseful thriller but after watching you are left with a mountain of unanswered questions and a number of plot holes. It's so frustrating. The creepy ending, as scary as it was, leaves you clueless about the rest of the movie. If you try and figure this movie out you drive yourself crazy. Pretty scary though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've heard time and time again that his movie was very scary. I bought it for myself in the expectation of a quite, scary evening. Sadly, the evening was more quiet than scary. Scary? I found it a bit entertaining but not scary nor disturbing. Viewer, beware.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Do not let anyone tell you this is not a scary movie, it was so incredibly spooky i COULD NOT fall asleep the night I watched it. Don't take my word go get it yourself.