Let’s talk horror….. I’m talking Japanese inspired horror…. Lets talk about Rings.
If you have never heard of Rings or The Ring before – do you live under a rock? – the basic story line is there is a video tape that once you watch it the phone rings and a voice tells you you will die in seven days. During those seven days strange things happen until finally a young girl (Samara) crawls out of the TV and looks into your eyes and you then die.
There have been two previous ‘Hollywood’ Ring movies. The Ring and The Ring 2. These are based on the Japanese film Ringu. (Honestly the Japanese are so good at horror movies so if you can handle reading subtitles, I highly recommend checking out some of their horrors. Anything with water, long black hair and the creepy broken-broken-limb-looking-way-of-walking as you can see below is all inspired by Japanese horror.)
Rings is a stand alone movie and does not follow The Ring 2. However, it may be useful to watch the two previous films so you have some sort of an idea on the backstory but its not a necessity. They do a great job of explaining what you need to know in this film.
So what are my thoughts on the highly anticipated Rings? Honestly…. I was disappointed. The movie was not scary and fell short on the jump scares and the supposedly ‘really scary’ bits.
However, in saying that, if you have seen the previous Ring films and you know a bit about the back story of Samara, then this film goes into further detail and has a strong story line about her Mother to further understand her why she kills people. So in that aspect I really enjoyed the film. We got the story and further understanding and also a new way of exploring the idea of Samara. A professor starts an experiment with a few students to see if they can prove a soul lives on after death by trying to trap Samara. This is an interesting concept and could be further explored in future films.
As this was such a highly anticipated movie and the previous Ring movies were so good, I thought they would have taken more care in creating are really good scary movie. It feels like the creators tried too hard in using new special effects and telling the in-depth story line that it lost the horror aspect to the film. Which is a real shame. In this case I feel, as it is with many horror films, less is more….
STORY TIME: After I came out of the theater there were a couple of younger girls, maybe 13 in age, and this was how their conversation went.
“Omg that was such a scary movie.”
“Oh, I know! You’ve gone sooo pale.”
“Me? Have I? I was so scared?”
“Yeah you’re really pale!”
If this doesn’t make you laugh, I don’t know what will. It was honestly worth going just to hear that conversation.
Moral of the story, if you’re 13 and under this film will thrill and scare you. But then, maybe I’m just a hardened horror movie watcher. What are your thoughts? Did the movie live up to your expectation? Am I being to harsh? Lets start a discussion!