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Shocktober: Day 30

The Ring (2002)

Dir: Gore Verbinski
Cast: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, David Dorfman, Brian Cox, Daveigh Chase

Basically this one follows the same plot as Scary Movie 3 except it’s not an abomination against god, but seriously The Ring has become one of the few horror highlights of the last decade with it’s disturbing images and mysterious franchise mascot Samara (Daveigh Chase.) Based off of the Japanese film, based off the novel by Koji Suzuki, The Ring is the ultimate moody thriller that when released felt fresh and unique in a genre that so often goes stale.

Set in and filmed around Washington state including such locations as; Seattle, Bellingham, Whidbey Island, Monroe, Port Townshend and even Stanhood (Stanwood) The Ring will always have a place in the hearts of Washingtonians like myself. I never realized how endlessly depressing and terrifying Washington looked, but it’s all there on screen.

For those who don’t know, the film concerns a video tape that when watched kills you seven days later. Naomi Watts is investigating the taboo ape when uh oh, her son watches it! So now she must break the curse and discover what these bizarre images mean. Who is this girl on the tape? What happened to her? It’s a thrilling mystery that’ll constantly keep you guessing and on the edge of your street.

The Ring would go on to popularize Japanese horror films or “J-Horror” is it’s sometimes referred to on Wikipedia and there’s been a whole slew of remakes since then; The Grudge, Dark Water, Pulse, One Missed Call. The only other one I’ve seen is The Grudge which sucked, although it did have Bill Pullman playing a guy named Peter Kirk (The same name of the founder of Kirkland, WA). The Ring had a sequel but it’s attempt to clarify more things in the series only made it less interesting. You always have to keep some of the mystery, keep em guessing even after it’s over.


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