An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company's CEO from an idyllic but mysterious "wellness center" at a remote location in the Swiss Alps, but soon suspects that the spa's treatments are not what they seem.
Julia becomes worried about her boyfriend, Holt, when he explores the dark urban legend of a mysterious video said to kill the watcher seven days after viewing. 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.
"The Ring" was my first horror film experience, and despite only having seen it once, it left a mark on me with its unique imagery. I've never seen anything like it since, and I would consider Samara a horror icon. With that in mind, I liked how the film never overused her, but held back just enough, keeping her looming in the background of things. You could feel her presence oozing out of something as common in this day and age as a .MOV file.
Despite one too many jump scares (almost none of them related to Samara), the film maintains a strong atmosphere and narrative while keeping it visually stunning from beginning to end. This is a welcome return, very much the "Aliens" of the Ring filmography.
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