MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 20 this week

The Ring (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Horror, Mystery  |  18 October 2002 (USA)
7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 218,133 users   Metascore: 57/100
Reviews: 1,614 user | 266 critic | 36 from Metacritic.com

A journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone in a week of viewing it.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel) (as Koji Suzuki) , 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 15 Apr 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 03 Jun 2011
 
a list of 36 titles
created 14 Apr 2012
 
a list of 45 titles
created 03 Feb 2013
 
a list of 38 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Ring" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Ring (2002)

The Ring (2002) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Ring.

User Polls

12 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Ring Two (2005)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Six months after the incidents involving the lethal videotape, new clues prove that there is a new evil lurking in the darkness.

Director: Hideo Nakata
Stars: Naomi Watts, David Dorfman, Sissy Spacek
The Grudge (2004)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

An American nurse living and working in Tokyo is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse, one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim.

Director: Takashi Shimizu
Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jason Behr, Clea DuVall
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.

Director: Oren Peli
Stars: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs
Silent Hill (2006)
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A woman goes in search for her daughter, within the confines of a strange, desolate town called Silent Hill. Based on the video game.

Director: Christophe Gans
Stars: Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden, Sean Bean
Saw (2004)
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Two men awaken in the secure lair of a killer who forces them to play a deadly game that will determine life or death.

Director: James Wan
Stars: Cary Elwes, Leigh Whannell, Danny Glover
The Others (2001)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted.

Director: Alejandro Amenábar
Stars: Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Fionnula Flanagan
Insidious I (2010)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further.

Director: James Wan
Stars: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

After a teenager has a terrifying vision of him and his friends dying in a plane crash, he prevents the accident only to have Death hunt them down, one by one.

Director: James Wong
Stars: Devon Sawa, Ali Larter, Kerr Smith
The Descent (2005)
Adventure | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.

Director: Neil Marshall
Stars: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid
Mama I (2013)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Annabel and Lucas are faced with the challenge of raising his young nieces that were left alone in the forest for 5 years.... but how alone were they?

Director: Andrés Muschietti
Stars: Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier
The Exorcist (1973)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

Director: William Friedkin
Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair
Sinister I (2012)
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A true-crime writer finds a cache of 8mm home movies films that suggest the murder he is currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose career dates back to the 1960s.

Director: Scott Derrickson
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, James Ransone
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Ruth
...
...
...
...
...
Teacher
...
Innkeeper
...
Girl Teen #1
Tess Hall ...
Girl Teen #2
...
Male Teen #1
Edit

Storyline

Rachel Keller is a journalist investigating a videotape that may have killed four teenagers (including her niece). There is an urban legend about this tape: the viewer will die seven days after watching it. If the legend is correct, Rachel will have to run against time to save her son's and her own life. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Before you die, you see the ring See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, disturbing images, language and some drug references | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

18 October 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ring  »

Box Office

Budget:

$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$128,502 (Finland) (14 March 2003)

Gross:

£9,455,478 (UK) (4 April 2003)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

| (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Aidan always calls his mother by her name. See more »

Goofs

The counter numbers are messed up on both the original tape and the copy. This is not possible with a VHS tape - no such time code is recorded on the control track like Noah, who is a video expert, says. Additionally, Noah says that the control track can be used to tell what made the recording, also not true. The control track actually just tells the VCR how fast the tape should play and when to advance one second. There should be nothing wrong with this track - otherwise the tape wouldn't play and the VCR would just keep searching for the track and eventually eject the tape automatically. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Katie: I hate television. Gives me headaches. You know, I heard there's so many magnetic waves traveling through the air, because of TV and telephones, that we're losing, like, ten times as many brain cells as we're supposed to. Like, all the molecules in our heads are all unstable. All the companies know about it, but they're not doing anything about it. It's, like, a big conspiracy.
See more »

Crazy Credits

On the DVD release, the Copyright Warning message is affected by 'interference' much like the intro. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Playback (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Hey John
Written by Scott Leger, Nate Navarro, Eddie Willis, Steve Rude & Curtis Ryker
Performed by Wide Awake
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
scary, thoughtful and satisfying which is fine with me
2 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

These last years, apart from the rendering of popular comic strips and the adaptation of TV series for the big screen, American cinema feels a vivacious interest for Oriental culture, especially the Japanese one. Quentin Tarantino's violent and hollow "Kill Bill" (2003/2004) was supposed to be an homage to the samurai movie (but I'm not a Tarantino buff by a long shot). In the derivative "the Last Samurai" (2003), Tom Cruise discovered the secrets and treasures of Japanese civilization while Sofia Coppola used the city of Tokyo as the backdrop for her triumphant "Lost in Translation" (2003). Gore Verbinski chose a more direct and easy way to get interested in Japanese culture: to make a remake of a Japanese movie which became a sleeper: "Ringu" (1998). Against all odds, he made a killing with it although he's an uneven director. "Mousehunt" (1997) was a formulaic but enjoyable comedy but "the Mexican" (2001) was a lame movie. Some friends had told me: "don't watch "the Ring", it's a hokey movie". I think they misjudged it and I found this supernatural thriller quite intriguing and gripping. It has enough commendable stuff in store to grab the audience. I haven't seen the original movie and so I will avoid any comparison.

The starting point promises great things and Verbinski will deliver them throughout his flick. The main character, Rachel wants to investigate about a mysterious and cursed videotape which causes the death of the viewer seven days after the latter watched it. What do these outlandish and eerie images mean? What lies beneath them? At her own risk, she and her son watch the video. She has one week to find out the meaning and the omen of the video. "The Ring" could well illustrate this famous premise: "to understand evil, we've got to go back to the sources...".

What distinguishes "the Ring" from other horror stuff of these last years is that there's a solid scenario which holds water until the very last minutes of Rachel's adventure and shelves quite an important number of formulaic ingredients. Special effects which have seemed to become the backbone for many horror flicks are used only when necessary and without flashy effects. Still better, Verbinski shows respect for the audience by clarifying as much as possible obscure points of the story. On an unhurried pace, Verbinski takes all his time to film Rachel's investigation. His directing is also worth the price of admission. It is well-crafted and set with clockwork precision for the schedule of spooky moments. Besides, what is notable in "the Ring" is that Verbinski delays as much as possible chilling sequences to better play with the viewer's nerves. This entails an unsettling aura which helps to convey a latent tension. Lighting and makeup shouldn't also be forgotten.

The thrust of "the Ring" isn't only to entertain and to make shiver. It is also doubled by a reflexion on the power of the image. One of the images of the film depicts a woman in front of a mirror looking at the camera. So, she's also looking at the viewer. This is unhealthy voyeurism that the movie denounces like the insensible media which expose to the mainstream, woes and sorrows of the victims and so manipulate the viewers' fears. The sequence during which Ann Morgan's husband is incensed by Rachel's will to learn more about Samara rings thoroughly true. Moreover, these seemingly maladjusted images embody symbols: the chair and the lighthouse illustrate loneliness, the figure at the window (a hint at "Psycho"?, 1960) might symbolize parental severity.

That said, Verbinski's genteel piece of work isn't exempted of drawbacks. Rachel's little boy is a cardboard character, a vague cousin of Haley Joel Osment in "the Sixth Sense" (1999). When Samara gets out of the well and the screen to kill Rachel's companion, it's nearly Punch and Judy and the first sequence with the two female students in their twenties something, all alone in a house in which strange phenomena and false alarms occur... well, you get the picture. But they're minor quibble and don't overflow too much on the thrill of the vision.

I repeat it: I haven't seen the Japanese ambassador but when a remake is able both to scare with reserve, without flashy special effects and to make the viewer think about what he watches, it can be gratifying. And in the case of "the Ring", rightly so...

A sequel "the Ring 2" opened last year. Is it worthwhile?


54 of 84 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Saw it when I was 14 and was pretty shaken up. punksummer
"You will die in 7 days" vs "7 days" ira_gaines
why is this movie blue ?? johnstewartthekiller
why not just tape a note on the videos... MyNameIswha
A similar movie to The Ring? oli_nintendo_64
Discuss The Ring (2002) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?