12 years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, where they soon become the target of the dollmaker's possessed creation, Annabelle.
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.
This is the first film in the series that the makeup effects were not done by Rick Baker, who had the previous two. Rick retired from the industry in early 2015 and left his studio, Cinovation, to his protégée Arjen Tuiten, who had worked with him on Maleficent. While Rick had no involvement with this project, some of his crew, who had worked on the previous two with him, worked on this film with Arjen at his studio now called R-E-N. See more »
Evelyn's hair is red in Rings, while in The Ring Two, it is black both in the present day, and in a brief flashback that is close to the time line of the flashbacks in Rings. See more »
Written by Richard Parkhouse, Adam Slack, Luke Spiller, George Tizzard & Joshua Wilkinson
Performed by The Struts
Courtesy of Interscope Records
under license from Universal Music Enterprises See more »
Sequels are watched based upon the strength of their predecessors. It is known that most sequels aren't as good but sometimes the first installment was so good that the sequel can never live up to it and nor does it have to to be appreciated. The Ring was the scariest movie I'd seen in 20 years. I remember being genuinely spooked when watching that movie. Part two wasn't as good but it was watchable. Rings, on the other hand, was trash.
We all know the premise by now: watch the video, get a phone call and then you have seven days to live. We all know who Samara is and we all know what she does to her victims, so that avenue is cutoff as far as generating scares. Where do you go from there then if you want to try to cash in on the Samara craze one more time?
In Rings a professor discovers the Samara video and watches it. He also finds out that in order to stop the impending death all he has to do is record it and have someone else watch it. He then decides to turn this into an experiment in order to answer some elusive metaphysical questions. He ensures that all of his subjects are able to shake the Samara curse by recording the video and having another person watch it. Of course this would be a never ending chain of video watching but whatever. In steps the main characters, two lovebirds that are prime scary movie age (18-25).
The writers completely mailed this one in. There was no real thought given to how they would revive the Samara story. There was no legitimate path for the main character, Julia (Matilda Lutz), to be inserted into this movie yet the writers clumsily shoe horned her in there; which meant I had to be assaulted by her poor acting the entire movie. In fact, I'd say that was the scariest thing: her acting.
With no fresh and innovative means to scare its audience the director relied on cheap jump scares: suddenly opening umbrella, barking dog, truck horn, breaking glass, etc. Not one of these lousy attempts at spooking the viewer even managed to register a single uptick in heart rate. This movie was lame from the word "go".
They did attempt to legitimize the movie by casting actors such as The Big Bang Theory's Johnny Galecki and veteran actor Vincent D'Onofrio but their talents were wasted. This movie was an abysmal failure and even though Samara may not be dead and gone this franchise certainly is.
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