2 items from 2012
By Jesse Miller, MoreHorror.com
The Original Ringu (1998)
Keep in mind, there are a few crucial points to the films I want to cover so you might be in for a lengthy read.
This 1998 Japanese horror film (or as it is affectionately dubbed, J-Horror) is based on the thrilling ’91 novel by Koji Suzuki and follows reporter Reiko Asakawa (Nanako Matsushimi) as she is investigating the startling urban legend and the terrifying truth behind it.
Along the way she enlists the help of her ex-husband Ryuji Takayama (Hiroyuki Sanada) and the two embark on a quest to get to the very bottom of the supposedly deadly legend, uncovering a few horrifying revelations as they go. »
Chicago – I have a certain begrudging affection for Gore Verbinski’s 2002 remake of Hideo Nakata’s 1998 thriller, “Ringu,” despite the fact that I know in my heart of hearts that it doesn’t really work. Verbinski’s film falters precisely when it should be at its scariest, and yet it still has enough memorably eerie moments to inspire at least a couple sleepless nights.
It kicked off a series of increasingly inept American remakes of Asian horror films, quickly turning their once frightening motifs into self-satirizing clichés. Many Hollywood filmmakers fail to conjure the sense of brooding unease that allows surrealistic imagery to work its spell. Inexplicable puddles of water, pale-faced victims and a vengeful apparition in a white robe are all expected tropes of the genre, and they were all put to exceedingly powerful use in “Ringu.” It’s the apparition’s face hidden behind a thick mat of »
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2 items from 2012
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