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‘Rings’ Review

10 February 2017 8:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Vincent D’Onofrio, Aimee Teegarden, Bonnie Morgan, Chuck David Willis, Patrick R. Walker, Zach Roerig. Laura Wiggins, Lizzie Brocheré, Randall Taylor | Written by David Loucks, Jacob Estes, Akiva Goldsman | Directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez

First you watch it, then you die. Except in this case, it’s been a good ten years since vengeful VHS spirit Samara last got to kill anyone, her career floundering to a halt after the dull and unsuccessful The Ring 2. No-one did watch, and so Samara pretty much died with it.

You can’t keep a good horror icon down though, and America’s version of Sadako returns in Rings, bringing with her a remake of her own movie. It’s the new version of her haunted videotape which drives this belated sequel, sending doomed young romantic Skye on a quest to Samara’s hometown, »

- Joel Harley

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Box Office Democracy: Rings

7 February 2017 1:00 PM, PST | | See recent Comicmix news »

Most of the time when a studio looks to revive or remake an old property it’s a desperate grasp for more money, but I’m willing to give the people behind Rings a little more credit than that.  The Ring is about a shared video, and the ways in which we share and consume videos has changed so much in the 15 years since the original came out.  Rings exists to carry the franchise into the YouTube era, and it pays off on a lot of the promise offered by the new technology (although not actually YouTube which was strange).  Rings is a clever movie, but clever isn’t enough on its own— and unfortunately, clever is all Rings has.

I absolutely adored the use of new technology.  There’s a sequence where Samara emerges from a flat screen TV that has fallen face down on the floor that never »

- Arthur Tebbel

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Rings Review

7 February 2017 5:25 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Daniel Goodwin

When film series’ dissipate it is sometimes difficult to tell whether one is watching a sequel, remake, spin-off, re-imagining or something else entirely. Horror franchises are probably the most guilty of doing this, with every decade spawning new icons for studios to saturate throughout cinemas. George Romero’s zombie/ dead series crossed the streams with sequels to the original trilogy and their remakes arriving simultaneously while classic characters are incessantly reworked for new generations. Now the Ring films follows suit with new sequel, Rings just arrived and Ju-on crossover Sadako Vs Kayako, still due an official UK release.

For anyone unfamiliar with the origin story: a young girl is buried alive at the bottom of a well. Her spirit possesses a videotape. Anyone who watches the tape receives a phone-call informing them that they have a week to live. The girl appears to the cursed cassette watchers seven days later, »

- Daniel Goodwin

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Split Beats Rings, Wins Box Office 3rd Weekend in a Row

5 February 2017 11:35 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Most box office analysts predicted that Split would fail to win for a third weekend in a row, going up against Paramount's Rings and Stx Entertainment's The Space Between Us. A surprisingly small third frame decline and an underperforming crop of newcomers lead to Split winning for a third weekend in a row with $14.5 million. Its domestic total now stands at $98.7 million, with a worldwide haul of $142.7 million from just a $9 million budget.

Director M. Night Shyamalan's Split has already surpassed the totals for his last low-budget thriller, The Visit, which earned $65.2 million domestically and $98.4 million worldwide from just a $5 million budget in the fall of 2015. While it was a fairly close race, Rings came in a somewhat close second place with $13 million, debuting in 2,931 theaters for a middling $4,435 per-screen average, according to Box Office Mojo. Rings' debut failed to surpass both of its predecessors, with 2002's The Ring opening with $15 million, »

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Box Office: ‘Split’ Tops ‘Rings,’ as ‘Space Between Us’ Bombs

5 February 2017 8:25 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It was a squeaker, but Universal’s “Split” has edged past Paramount’s “Rings” to narrowly claim victory at the domestic box office. The low-budget thriller retained its first place position for the third consecutive weekend, earning $14.6 million. So far, “Split,” the story of a man with multiple personalities, has made $98.7 million stateside, while costing just $9 million, making it very profitable indeed. The film stars James McAvoy, was directed by “The Sixth Sense’s” M. Night Shyamalan, and produced by Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions, the maker of “Sinister” and “Paranormal Activity.”

“It’s a darn good movie,” said Nick Carpou, Universal’s domestic distribution chief. “It’s very satisfying for audiences. People seek out quality.”

It was a quiet weekend for Hollywood. After all, most of America’s attention has shifted away from the multiplexes to the coming battle between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. The »

- Brent Lang

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

3 February 2017 1:09 PM, PST | | 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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How ‘Rings’ Director Brought the VHS Tape Into a Digital World

3 February 2017 10:01 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The third installment of “The Ring” series, “Rings,” follows the dark past of its iconic well-dwelling antagonist, Samara.

More than a decade after “The Ring Two” bowed in theaters, the message is still the same for couple Julia and Holt, who get sucked into the world of the videotape villain. “First you watch it, then you die!”

While there have been many technological advancements since the first film debuted in 2002, the 2017 release still manages to tie the Vcr into today’s digital era.

“It is a movie that would somehow explain more of the original story of Samara, but at the same time expand the universe and play with new elements like the technology we have now,” explained director F. Javier Gutierrez at the film’s premiere on Thursday night at Regal L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles.


Film Review: ‘Rings

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‘Rings’ Review

3 February 2017 8:32 AM, PST | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

I have to admit before I start this review that I’m not the biggest fan of the Ring franchise. I’ve seen them, I don’t hate them, but I can’t say I ever loved them. Rings didn’t change that.  Unfortunately, what started as a chance to reinvigorate a franchise ended up making it look worse.

From the very outset, Rings feels more like a shoehorned idea rather than a major plot point. Whereas Samara seemed subtle before, she’s so omnipresent in this one that it feels artificial and strange.

The story of Rings is the story of Julia (Matilda Lutz), who travels across the country to find her boyfriend Holt (Alex Roe) after he goes missing. After running into his professor Gabriel (Johnny Galecki), she finds herself caught up in a large scandal and ultimately a part of the infamous curse. She sets out to »

- Joseph Burge

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Review: Rings Starts Out Strong, But Needs More Screen Time for Samara

3 February 2017 8:19 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Her curse only takes seven days to work its deadly magic, but it’s been over ten years since Samara was last seen on the big screen in the American version of the Ring franchise. That all changes with the release of Rings this weekend, and while it does share the same name as Jonathan Liebesman’s 2005 short film that bridges the gap between The Ring and The Ring Two, it doesn’t share its predecessor’s ability to get under your skin.

The Ring Two was released in March of 2005, and a lot has changed in the nearly 12 intervening years between then and now, especially with technology. While mobile connectivity was becoming more commonplace in ’05 (when flip phones were seemingly multiplying overnight like rabbits in the summertime), the concept of being constantly “plugged in” was vastly different than today’s screen-centric culture. Thanks to smartphones, laptops, and even virtual reality headsets, »

- Derek Anderson

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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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Box Office: ‘Rings’ Scares Up $800,000 on Thursday Night

3 February 2017 7:44 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paramount’s horror movie “Rings” has opened with $800,000 in Thursday night preview showings at 2,155 North American locations. STX's sci-fi romance “The Space Between Us” took in a quiet $170,000 on Thursday night in its first showings.

Paramount is expanding “Rings” to 3,371 sites on Friday with muted expectations in the $10 million to $12 million range for the Super Bowl weekend as it battles the third weekend of Universal-Blumhouse’s sturdy “Split.”  “The Space Between Us,” is looking at an even more muted debut of between $8 million to $10 million at 2,812 locations.

Rings” is opening with a straight-forward pitch about an evil videotape — “First you watch it. Then you die.” Paramount is reviving the franchise 15 years after it launched “The Ring,” starring Naomi Watts in a remake of a 1998 Japanese horror film. “The Ring” was a major success with nearly $250 million in worldwide box office as was “The Ring Two” with $160 million in 2005.

Rings” stars Matilda Lutz, »

- Dave McNary

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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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Film Review: ‘Rings’

3 February 2017 12:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rings,” the latest franchise horror sequel that has no organic reason to exist, opens on an airplane, where a dude asks the young woman seated next to him, “Did you ever hear about the videotape that kills you after you watch it?” By now, the most appropriate response to that question would be, “What’s a videotape?” Instead, she listens politely as he jabbers on about the tape and the phone call you get after you watch it, the one that says you have only seven days to live. He then explains that he’s five minutes away from powering through those seven days. Uh-oh! Moments later, his nose is bleeding, insects are buzzing, the black sludge is oozing from the bottom of the bathroom door, and — oh, yes! — the plane is crashing. (All that’s missing is a gremlin on the wing of the plane.) This is how you die in “Rings”: Decisively, »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Why Didn't Naomi Watts Return in Rings?

2 February 2017 3:30 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

When Paramount started moving forward with Rings in early 2015, there was talk that this project was actually a prequel to the 2002 hit thriller The Ring, which starred Naomi Watts as Rachel Keller, Martin Henderson as Noah Clay and Daveigh Chase as the iconic Samara Morgan. When shooting began just a few weeks later, director F. Javier Gutierrez confirmed that this story is actually a sequel, although none of the original cast members were brought back for this follow-up. F. Javier Gutierrez revealed in a new interview that he had actually considering bringing back Naomi Watts as Rachel Keller, but the reason it never happened may surprise you.

The Ring, which was based on the hit Japanese thriller Ringu, was a big hit at the box office, taking in $129.1 million domestically and $249.3 million worldwide from a $48 million budget. The 2005 sequel, The Ring Two, wasn't quite as successful, earning $76.2 million domestic and »

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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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'Split' Looks to Fend Off 'Rings' and 'Space Between Us' Over Super Bowl Weekend

2 February 2017 12:53 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

Last year three new films debuted over Super Bowl weekend and only one of the three (Hail, Caesar!) managed to top $10 million. In fact, Super Bowl weekend last year was the fourth worst overall weekend of 2016 as the top twelve managed to only gross a combined $82 million. As for Super Bowl weekend this year, it's only looking mildly better as Universal's Split will tussle with Paramount's Rings in an attempt to threepeat atop the weekend box office. Elsewhere, Stx's The Space Between Us may struggle to debut within the top five while the Weinstein Co. hopes their Oscar-nominated feature Lion finds its way into the top ten as it expands into over 1,400 theaters nationwide. Last weekend saw Universal's Split finish atop the weekend box office for a second week in a row, dropping only 36%, much better than previous horror films with similar openings. This weekend Split will have to contend »

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Interview: Bonnie Morgan Talks Returning to the Role of Samara in Rings

2 February 2017 12:03 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

She gave a generation nightmares with her creepy spider crawl (which she was specially brought in to perform) in the well scene of The Ring Two, and now Bonnie Morgan is back to bring Samara to life once again in Rings. With the seven-day curse coming back to the big screen this weekend from Paramount Pictures, Daily Dead recently had the opportunity to talk with Morgan about returning to the iconic role, her family’s horror history, her hilarious Samara TV store prank, scaring the cast and crew when the power went out on set, and more.

Congratulations on coming back to the role of Samara in Rings. You have an interesting background in contortionism. How did you initially get into contortionism?

Bonnie Morgan: I come from a long line of performers. I am of the third generation. My grandparents were in vaudeville. My grandma opened for Frank Sinatra »

- Derek Anderson

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1 February 2017 8:02 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – In the latest Hookup: Film, we have 40 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new horror film “Rings”!

The third film in the franchise, “Rings” follows 2002’s “The Ring” and 2005’s “The Ring Two”.

Rings,” which opens on Feb. 3, 2017 and is rated “PG-13,” stars Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Vincent D’Onofrio, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Aimee Teegarden, Bonnie Morgan and Zach Roerig from director F. Javier Gutiérrez and writers David Loucka and Jacob Estes.

To win your free passes to “Rings” courtesy of, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition!

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Watch the Very Scary First 3 Minutes of Rings

31 January 2017 3:44 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The past couple of years have been very good for horror fans. Not only have their been indie breakouts like The Witch and It Follows, but studio horror movies like Lights Out and Don't Breathe have also impressed critics and audiences alike. Even The Conjuring 2 managed to be an outstanding horror sequel, which seems to be a less common occurance. Paramount is hoping to get in on the action with Rings this weekend, and they have just released a couple of brand new clips online.

Paramount Pictures uploaded two new clips from Rings to their YouTube channel today, including one that shows the first three minutes of the movie. The clip features the airplane sequence that has been teased in the trailers and shows Samara really demonstrating her powers by putting an entire plane full of people in danger. The clip bears a lot of similarity to the opening of the first Final Destination, »

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