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The Ring

4.3 93
Director: Gore Verbinski

Cast: 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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Special Features

Don't Watch This HD; Rings HD; Cast And Filmmaker Interviews; The Origin Of Terror; Cursed Video HD; Theatircal Trailer HD

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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This movie scared me. i want to know who played the little girl Samara, and where the heck did that name come from? how did they make it look like she came up out of the well, and how did she crawl out of the TV? if you know anything about the special effects on the movie, let me know,please.
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Subtle and horrifying. don't expect the typical teen horror flick. It scared the dark brown substance out of me. Now I have no more dark brown substance in me (I would have used the word PARC, spelled backwards, but this site tells me it's a dirty word. Where, Candyland?). Seven days after watching this movie I died.
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 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
For a movie hailed as the scariest movie ever made, The Ring fails miserably. This is a very *eerie* movie, but it is by no means scary. Some of the plot holes can be filled in by watching the movie a couple of times. One thing that may not be obvious in the first viewing is how the tape was created, but if you piece the clues together, it's readily apparent. The movie is worth a single viewing if you've been curious about it. It *is* interesting to watch the heroine piece together the various bits of imagery from the deadly tape. But, in the end, this is simply not a scary movie. If you're like me, and found The Sixth Sense to be predictable and utterly uninspiring, The Ring is not worth your time.
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
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
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
Before you die,you see the Ring.Yes,The Ring is my all time favorite movie.The story is just great and the suspense is awesome.Or,maybe I just like it cause my name's Samara,I don't know!Anyway buy it. You'll love it!!!
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
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
One of the best horror movie i've seen in a long while.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a really great movie! It scared me to death :( And the phone ringing just as the credits started didn't help either. Anyway, it was amazing :) Loved the suspense and the story. I think the second one was better 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
This is the best example I know of for getting the DVD of a movie. The extra scenes are terrific. They should have been in the relased version, but I guess I was not the expert. Yes, this is one scary movie. This is the kind of movie you keep one eye closed and the other just open enough to close quickly if you need to. Yup, you will be thinking about this one for a long time after you turn off your TV.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a great movie that you dont want to miss out on seeing. this movie keeps you on the edge of seat the whole time. its plot is unforgetable, and the movie itself is one you will never forget. it holds you attention from the very first scene to the last. the images in it you will never forget.
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
oh, my god. my friend and i watched this movie in the dark, and afterwards, i got nightmares and couldn't go to sleep at all that night. enyone in their right mind would LOVE this movie.
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 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.