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Exclusive Interview: ‘Rings’ director F. Javier Gutiérrez shares all

5 February 2017 1:55 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Hollywood News sits down with director F. Javier Gutiérrez to chat about haunted videotapes and his new movie Rings.

It’s been twelve years since Samara scared cinema-goers silly in The Ring Two. Now the ghost girl returns in Rings, directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez. Based on the Japanese fright flick Ringu, the film series tells the story of a haunted videotape, which, if you watch it, will cause you to die in seven days. Rings looks set to bring the story bang up-to-date as that dreaded VHS tape ends up online…

On the eve on the film’s release we caught up with director F. Javier Gutiérrez to find out why it has taken so long to bring Samara back, and just what we can expect from Rings.

How familiar with the series were you before joining the project?

Well when I got the call from the producer »

- Kat Hughes

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Rings review: Dir. F. Javier Gutiérrez (2017)

4 February 2017 2:13 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Rings review: Samara Morgan and her haunted video tape get a digital upload in the latest Ring film, aptly titled Rings.

Rings review by Kat Hughes, February 2017.

1998 saw Japan introduce one of the creepiest horror icons in history, Sadako. The character came from Ringu, directed by Hideo Nakata, which told the story of a haunted video cassette. The film was sinister and chilling, and has had countless sequels and crossovers, as well as two American versions. Now comes a third American outing, this one twelve years since the last, featuring Sadako’s Us counterpart, Samara, once more.

This time around Samara has had a digital upgrade as The Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki foolishly decides it’d be a good idea to upload that creepy video online and study it. It’s down to young woman Julia (Matilda Lutz) to solve the mystery of Samara after she is persuaded »

- Kat Hughes

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'Rings' Review: Latest Entry in Haunted-Video Franchise May Kill You With Boredom

3 February 2017 1:09 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

If crap movies carried penalties for inflicting torture on audiences, then Rings would merit a death sentence. This overdose of cinematic Lunesta takes the horror out of horrorshow – and the show is lost as well, since Spanish director F. Javier Gutiérrez doesn't seem remotely interested in rousing anything in us besides all-consuming apathy.

Seriously, how do you screw up so bad when the source material is so fertile? Ringu, the 1998 Japanese horror movie directed by Hideo Nakata, scared audiences on a global scale with its tale of a cursed videotape »

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‘Rings’ Review: Watch It, and Seven Days Later You’ll Have Forgotten It

3 February 2017 7:57 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Was there a clamoring we all somehow missed for a movie that would bring back the killer videotape that turns a viewer’s life into a seven-day rental? One would have thought that 2005’s “The Ring Two” had drained that well dry (pun intended); that follow-up even got us all to feel sorry for its director, Hideo Nakata, who made the original Japanese films (“Ringu” and “Ringu 2”) that got Hollywood interested in gore-less creeps and sinister girls with long black hair in the first place. It seemed there just wasn’t that franchise zip in “The Ring” the way “Saw” and “Paranormal Activity” could. »

- Robert Abele

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Ghost in the system: has technology ruined horror films?

3 February 2017 4:40 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Well-dwelling Samara gets streamed in Rings, an HD reboot of The Ring, yet the genre has shown that a tech update doesn’t always lead to more scares

Nearly 12 years after The Ring Two – and 15 years after The Ring and 19 years after Ringu, the original Japanese horror movie that inspired it – Rings opens in theaters this Friday. The producers, Walter F Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, have stuck around for all three American versions, but there are no holdovers from the cast and crew – no Naomi Watts, no Gore Verbinski (director of The Ring) or Hideo Nakata (director of Ringu and The Ring Two), no Ehren Kruger (screenwriter of both the first and second Americanizations). In terms of continuity, it feels like a game of telephone where the line has been severed completely and we’re not even hearing gibberish on the other end. We need to be reminded why, exactly, »

- Scott Tobias

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‘Split,’ #1 Again? Why Shyamalan’s Movie Could Be the Rare Horror Threepeat

2 February 2017 2:51 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

On the last quiet weekend before elevated titles enter the fray, M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split” (Universal) gets a shot of repeating #1 for the third week, with the only significant contender being “Rings” (Paramount), yet another horror franchise entry.

In addition to “Split,” “Rings” will battle “Hidden Figures,” “La La Land,” and the second weekend of “A Dog’s Purpose” (Universal) for positions among the top six. There’s also “The Space Between Us” (Stx), the second science-fiction romance after “Passengers” in under two months. None of these films are likely to bring in even $15 million, and not all are guaranteed to top $10 million.

Super Bowl weekend is reliably one of the lowest grossing of the year. Like other weak weekends (post Labor Day, some Halloweens, early December), there’s an element of self-fulfilling prophecy as studios avoid it for top releases. Still, free from direct competition, it’s a »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Sadako v Kayako is a Split Decision: A Film Review

30 January 2017 12:59 PM, PST | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Director: Kôji Shiraishi. Writers: Takashi Shimizu, Kôji Suzuki. Cast: Mizuki Yamamoto, Tina Tamashiro and Aimi Satsukawa. There have been a combined total of twenty plus films, set in the Ringu and Ju-on film universes. Spanning eighteen years, these villains have killed untold numbers victims. Now, both cursed spirits face each other in Sadako v Kayako! Shot in Japan, the film was put together after an April Fool's Joke went viral. And, this outing is lighter in tone, compared to the earlier, more horrifying titles. This film fan was reminded of Hong-jin Na's The Wailing (2015), while watching this title. In both films, shamans are powerless to fight the supernatural. Still, the outcome of Sadako v Kayako can be predicted from a mile away. There is no way these iconic, money-making characters can take a final sleep. Sadako v Kayako is a bit predictable, but it is also an entertaining film. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Michael Allen)

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‘Sadako vs. Kayako’ Review (Shudder Exclusive)

27 January 2017 8:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Runa Endo, Elly Nanami, Mizuki Yamamoto, Tina Tamashiro, Aimi Satsukawa, Misato Tanaka, Masahiro Kômoto, Masanobu Andô, Rintaro Shibamoto, Maiko Kikuchi | Written by Takashi Shimizu, Kôji Suzuki | Directed by Kôji Shiraishi

In the battle of horror film icons, it is fair to say that the dream match-up was of course Freddy vs. Jason. A fun film, it could never live up to the expectation created around it, which could be a problem faced with Sadako vs. Kayako. Pitting The Ring against The Grudge is something of a dream match, but can it live up to expectation?

When the cursed video tape is once again watched, two friends find themselves on a race against time to stop the curse. With the help of spiritual medium Kyozo (Masanobu Andô) their may be a chance, by pitting Sadako against Kayako the known ghost who haunts a nearby house. When another girl is cursed by the house though, »

- Paul Metcalf

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Official Sadako vs. Kayako Image Gallery Ready to Rumble

27 January 2017 7:00 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Rejoice! Sadako vs. Kayako is Now Available exclusively on Shudder, and we have an image gallery from the big clash to get your geared up! Dig it! Hideo Nakata’s Ring and Takashi Shimizu’s Ju-On: The Grudge are known worldwide as… Continue Reading →

The post Official Sadako vs. Kayako Image Gallery Ready to Rumble appeared first on Dread Central. »

- Steve Barton

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Watch Now: First 5 minutes of ‘Sadako vs. Kayako’

26 January 2017 6:31 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Hideo Nakata’s Ringu and Takashi Shimizu’s Ju-On: The Grudge are known worldwide as two of the most terrifying and groundbreaking horror films ever made. To this day, horror fans debate: “Which of the two is truly scarier?” and “Whose curse is stronger, Sadako’s or  Kayako’s?”

No one ever thought that these questions would get answered, let alone think that we would ever see these infamously horrifying demons face off. At long last, Sadako vs. Kayako brings Ringu’s and The Grudge’s two forces of evil into the ring for the ultimate grudge match.

Responsible for this franchise-blending is director/screenwriter Koji Shiraishi, who is known for creating unconventional spiritual and supernatural scenes in films such as The Curse, Carved: The Slit-Mouthed Woman, and the Kowasugi series. Now, he brings the characters from Ring and The Grudge back to the big screen as he delivers viewers a wildly fun, »

- Phil Wheat

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Watch the first five minutes of Sadako vs. Kayako

26 January 2017 6:20 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Coinciding with its debut on the streaming service Shudder today, the goulish first five minutes of the Ring and The Grudge crossover Sadako vs. Kayako have been released online, and we’ve got it for you right here!

See Also: Read our review of Sadako vs. Kayako

Hideo Nakata’s Ringu and Takashi Shimizu’s Ju-On: The Grudge are known worldwide as two of the most terrifying and groundbreaking horror films ever made. To this day, horror fans debate: “Which of the two is truly scarier?” and “Whose curse is stronger, Sadako’s or Kayako’s?” No one ever thought that these questions would get answered, let alone think that we would ever see these infamously horrifying demons face off. At long last, Sadako vs. Kayako brings Ringu’s and The Grudge’s two forces of evil into the ring for the ultimate grudge match.

Responsible for this franchise-blending is director/screenwriter Koji Shiraishi, »

- Gary Collinson

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Trailer Park: Chips get Raw with Their Finest Founder

13 January 2017 2:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Welcome to the latest installment of Trailer Park, our semi-regular look at the latest trailers to hit the interwebs. This weeks line-up features a bevy of the latest movie trailers including Chips, Their Finest, Raw, Sadako vs Kayako, Kong: Skull Island, The Founder, the restored release of John WatersMultiple Maniacs and the fifth season of Prison Break.

Chips

Jon Baker (Dax Shepard) and Frank “Ponch” Poncherello (Michael Peña) have just joined the California Highway Patrol (Chp) in Los Angeles but for very different reasons. Baker is a beaten up pro motorbiker trying to put his life and marriage back together. Poncherello is a cocky undercover Federal agent investigating a multi-million dollar heist that may be an inside job—inside the Chp. The inexperienced rookie and hardened pro are teamed together, but clash more than click, so kickstarting a partnership is easier said than done. But with Baker’s bike »

- Phil Wheat

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Samara’s back in new ‘Rings’ trailer

6 January 2017 3:06 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Finally set to see light of day on February 3rd, Rings is the long-delayed second sequel to the American remake of Hideo Nakata’s Ringu (aka The Ring). With the new release date now confirmed, after numerous delays, Paramount have debuted a new, and hopefully final, trailer for the film – check it out below.

In Rings, a young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a “movie within the movie” that no one has ever seen before…

Directed by F. Javier Gutierrez and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro, Rings features an all-star cast including: Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Aimee Teegarden, Bonnie Morgan, and Vincent D’Onofrio.

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- Phil Wheat

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Dare you watch the new trailer for Rings?

5 January 2017 9:27 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Jon Lyus

We’re going back down the hole for another go-around with horror icon Samara, with a new trailer for the latest film in the series Rings. This is not as full on spoilery as the first trailer for the film, the new look is a far more conventional tease for your average horror film.

You have stormy nights, beautiful people on their own in vulnerable situations, the slash and dash of eerie montages of nastiness and…mirrors. Yes, there’s no well-worn stone unturned here. If you have any doubt as to the path the original horror series has gone down you might be interested to see the crossover film released last year: Ring Vs The Grudge in Sadako vs. Kayako.

There’s a deep well of folklore drawn on in Kōji Suzuki’s 1991 novel. The ghost story known as Banchō Sarayashiki has been adapted and twisted »

- Jon Lyus

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Poster for The Ring sequel ‘Rings’ creeps on to the web

3 January 2017 10:39 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Finally set to see light of day (at least in the Us) on February 3rd, Rings is the long-delayed second sequel to the American remake of Hideo Nakata’s Ringu (aka The Ring).

In Rings, a young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a “movie within the movie” that no one has ever seen before…

Directed by F. Javier Gutierrez and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro, Rings features an all-star cast including: Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Aimee Teegarden, Bonnie Morgan, and Vincent D’Onofrio.

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- Phil Wheat

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