The Ring

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
My friends kept telling me how this is the scariest movie ever and how they couldn't answer the phone, watch tv, etc. after they saw it. So they and I saw it last night, and for the life of me I can't figure out what the big deal is. I wasn't scared at all. I mean it was creepy but not frightening a bit. So after it was over, I discretely picked up my cell phone and called my friend's house which I was at. They all FREAKED OUT even though they had already seen the movie months before. Weird shit.



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  • Reply 1 of 17
    leonisleonis Posts: 3,427member
    It's not that scary at all. I couldn't help but laughed when I watched that movie in theatre.



    Maybe this is because I saw the origninal Japanese version before.......
  • Reply 2 of 17
    burningwheelburningwheel Posts: 1,827member
    it was creepy. a good movie, though i wish we knew why she was so evil. i guess there's something on the dvd that might explain it more. now i need to see the original. i guess there's a prequel to the japan film as well as another sequel.
  • Reply 3 of 17
    gambitgambit Posts: 475member
    My friend is watching the Ring in the next room. I can't watch the part where she *spoiler alert* comes out of the well and walks towards that guy at the end. It's too creepy and it sticks with me.
  • Reply 4 of 17
    stunnedstunned Posts: 1,096member
    The Japanese version is so much scarier.
  • Reply 5 of 17
    kwondokwondo Posts: 217member
    It wasn't scary at all. The last part of the movie where she comes after the guy, come on, I kept on saying to myself, "damn, she looks skanky," I wanted to bitch-slap her back to the well for her hygiene.



    All that "film 101" montages with the scratchy background noise, if anything, it was annoying than scary. <img src="graemlins/hmmm.gif" border="0" alt="[Hmmm]" />



    Maybe it's me but none of the movies made these days are scary, just gimmicky. Some may be disturbing but NOT scary. For me, it was movies like Shining and Salem's Lot that got me all f*cked up if I were roaming around in a deserted snowy road or in darkness I see red eyes of my cat...that flashes back to the scene in Salem's Lot where the old man and the young guy dig her daughter's grave and finds the tunnel, walks about in the darkness and the daughter comes up to the old man and says "Papa." That scene just freaked me out. :eek:



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  • Reply 6 of 17
    staggerstagger Posts: 35member
    It was mostly a shockingly loud noise and sudden view change movie. They put some effort to make it creepy without loud noises, like when she coughs up the string, when she pulls the fly out of the TV screen, etc.



    I enjoyed the part with the horse.



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  • Reply 7 of 17
    mimacmimac Posts: 871member
    Definatley not "scary" but will make you jump a few times.

    Still a good movie and worth watching - can't wait for the sequel so we can find out who the girl is and where she actually came from!
  • Reply 8 of 17
    argentoargento Posts: 483member
    I thought it was a pretty bad movie, not scary at all.
  • Reply 9 of 17
    wrong robotwrong robot Posts: 3,907member
    I just saw it for the first time a week or so ago, and there were some freaky parts, and the whole movie was pretty tense. but by the end, I couldn't help but think how worthless the antagonist was....she had a motive I guess....in the beginning, but then when they helped her, she was still evil...I didn't like that, maybe if they had explained it more...I don't know.
  • Reply 10 of 17
    defiantdefiant Posts: 4,876member
    Gonna watch the japanese version tomorrow...



    maybe I'll go afterwards to the cinema and watch the new version?
  • Reply 11 of 17
    rooroo Posts: 162member
    when i saw the ring, i was only able to watch the corner of the screen through my fingers-- yes, i am a wimp. to give you how much of a wimp i am, i found "blade" scary. don't laugh. . i wish i wasn't, i'd really like to watch the japanese trilogy, if only for my studies, but i'm a scaredy-cat.
  • Reply 12 of 17
    sadakosadako Posts: 1member
    I would highly recommend you check out the original Japanese version, rather than the Hollywood version. You can pick it up from Amazon as "Ringu", and there's a sequel (Ring 2) and prequel (Ring 0) to form the trilogy (watch Ringu first though, then 2, then 0).



    The Japanese version has very little in the way of loud sound/camera cut/scream, which really spoils the remake: it's the usual story of a great film being weakened as it's watered down for a mass audience.



    The original has pretty much no "scary music", but it does have a very unsettling background of chimes/groans/sea/rustles that go on throughout - you only realise something freaky is about to happen when the sound drops off and leaves you in silence.



    The subtitles aren't great, but Ringu is definitely one of the spookiest films I have ever watched. Watch it by yourself, ideally with headphones on in a darkened room, and you will be scared. If you steel yourself in advance you'll be able to be cynical about it, but let yourself go for an hour or two and you will enjoy it. Once your heart stops pounding...



    It's a remarkable film, and there's a lot of similar Japanese movies which never really make it out into the West - a shame, as it's a very different style of story-telling to what we normally get. It's definitely worth checking out Amazon for stuff like this (Battle Royale, The Audition, etc). Opens your eyes to how narrow and flimsy a lot of "blockbuster" films are...



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  • Reply 13 of 17
    mrmistermrmister Posts: 1,095member
    I, on the other hand, didn't find the Japanese original films very moving or engaging.
  • Reply 14 of 17
    guarthoguartho Posts: 1,208member
    Like Blair Witch before it, The Ring didn't affect me at all... till several hours later when I tried to go to sleep. I don't know what my deal is, but imagery sticks in my head, and then pops back up later at inoportune times.



    While I was watching the Ring I was all wrapped up in the mystery. While I watched Blair Witch, I mostly laughed. But I didn't sleep that night, just couldn't put the imagery out of my mind. Funny how that works sometimes.
  • Reply 15 of 17
    [quote]Originally posted by burningwheel:

    <strong>... i wish we knew why she was so evil...</strong><hr></blockquote>



    My theory is that she is evil because of the way she was concieved. No this is based in part off some of the extra footage from the dvd, "Don't look here"...



    Her mother kept having miscarrages, "My wife was not supposed to have a child", Then they go away and come back and have samara, who is evil from the start. Ok so what? Well think, what did the father do? He bread horses. His wife had no trouble concieving, but only carrying the baby to term. There the images of the fetus and cutting of flesh (extra sceens), plus the images samara created of the doll with all the needles in it, and the horses.



    Its my theory that with the help of the "foreign doctor" (extra sceens) that they concieved the child and then impanted the fetus in a horse to carry it to term. This is why she is evil, why people say they "violated nature" (extra sceens), why samara drove the horses to suicide...



    Crazy I know... But it does kinda all fit together...



    Anyway, this is what the film makers wanted to create, speculation of the film, to build interest and get people talking, it leads to more video sales and increases the possibility of a sequel and that all = more money.



    P.S. I have not seen the original "ringu" but I have heard from a few people who have that its quite lame and this remake is done so much better.
  • Reply 16 of 17
    rooroo Posts: 162member
    [quote]Originally posted by sadako:

    <strong>It's definitely worth checking out Amazon for stuff like this (Battle Royale, The Audition, etc). Opens your eyes to how narrow and flimsy a lot of "blockbuster" films are...



    [ 03-16-2003: Message edited by: sadako ]</strong><hr></blockquote>



    eek, audition.... i saw the preview for that and said "no thank you" (i hate needles). i opted instead to see miike's "katakurike no kofuku", which rocked. i have the battle royale dvd now and plan on watching it soon, as well as reading the newly translated novel, which looks good. just have to be able to take all the violence.
  • Reply 17 of 17
    kickahakickaha Posts: 8,760member
    [quote]Originally posted by biaachmonkie:

    <strong>My theory is that she is evil because of the way she was concieved. No this is based in part off some of the extra footage from the dvd, "Don't look here"... &lt;snip&gt; [\\qb][\\quote]



    Interesting... hadn't thought of that particular tie.



    [quote][qb]P.S. I have not seen the original "ringu" but I have heard from a few people who have that its quite lame and this remake is done so much better.</strong><hr></blockquote>



    I found this too - The Ring was much better than Ringu - it was much richer, had a tighter mystery, and every single frame of the video snippet had something to do with the story, unlike Ringu where it was just strange.



    Then I found out that The Ring is a conglomeration of all *three* Ringu movies, Ringu, Ringu 2, and Ringu 0 (prequel), so it had much more material to draw from.



    And Guartho, I had the same experience - during the movie I was enthralled by the mystery and the crafting of the film itself... and then every time I closed my eyes while drifting off to sleep that night I jerked awake because I was *sure* Samara was crawling out of the tv...
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