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Sika’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time! 74. The Ring (2002)

August 7, 2011

74. The Ring [DVD] (2002)

Plot: A mysterious video tape is killing off anyone who watches it. Whenever the victim watches it, the phone rings, telling them they have only one week to live.

A young reporter named Rachel (Naomi Watts) is investigating these events, but after her son Aidan (David Dorfman) watches the tape, it becomes a race against time to find out why the tape is killing everyone and how it could be stopped.
Genre: Horror/Thriller/Mystery

Also Starring: Martin HendersonBrian CoxDaveigh ChaseShannon Cochran

Directed by: Gore Verbinski
Written by: Ehren Kruger (screenplay)
Kôji Suzuki (novel “The Ring”)
Hiroshi Takahashi (1998 screenplay Ringu)

Length: 115 min
Budget: $48,000,000
Gross Revenue: $128,579,698 (USA)

Before you die, you see the ring (tagline)

Review: Yeah I know, it’s weird this movie takes a spot on this list since I on numerous occasions have made clear how much I hate remakes/reboots …

But I made an exeption for this one, since; 1. The original was Asian and I had trouble knowing who was who throughout the entire movie, and 2. This is a really scary and entertaining horror movie and we all know how rare that is nowadays.

Sure, this one is also bluish/green/dark in color like every other “scary” movie today, but it is superior nonetheless.

Favorite Quote:
 Four people are dead.
Noah: Not from watching a videotape.

Some of its scenes scares me more than any other movie has ever done before. That girl is really unpleasant, maybe it’s her long black hair who covers her face or her jerky walk, but when she’s coming out of that television set, my arms go numb.

Seriously! It’s the only time I’ve experienced it. I seriously thought I was having a heart attack in the movie theater..

Nerdiest Movie Trivia: The role of Rachel was first offered to Jennifer Connelly.

The script was then offered to Gwyneth Paltrow, and then to Kate Beckinsale, and finally Naomi Watts.

This movie also contain the scariest looking kid since Pet Sematary and the best horror leading lady in Naomi Watts since Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween. Sure, Naomi Watts couldn’t keep the streak Jamie Lee Curtis had, since the sequel to this movie , The Ring 2, was as disappointing as this one was great.

It just proves that movie studios never should rush out a sequel just because the first one’s a hit. Let’s see if the third installment of this horror series can redeem the damaged the second one did… And yeah, the third one is called The Ring 3D. Yeah, how original…

PREVIOUS ON THE LIST: 75. My Fair Lady (1964)


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