The Ring (2002)
When the niece of Rachael Keller is found dead with her face construed to be almost unrecognizable, many questions are raised as to the cause of her death. Rachael’s son Aidan (David Dorfman) was close friends with his cousin before her death, but when pictures he drew at school give inside into her death even days before she died, Rachael (Naomi Watts) starts an investigation that leads her to believe that a special video tape is the cause of her niece’s death. The same very tape Rachael watched herself and realizes she only has 1 week to live before whatever killed her niece kills her too!
I have to admit, when I first saw The Ring in 2002, I was skeptical about a movie with a premise about “a video tape that kills people when you watch it.” However, after viewing this movie, I can say the mystery of the investigation keeps you intrigued and the ending sure is creepy and chilling. In fact, you can trace the time line back to this very movie as the film that caused the blow up of the “PG-13 horror film” with more disturbing images rather than gore seen in most “slasher” flicks. I liked how The Ring incorporates a murder investigation along with a supernatural thriller because in between scares you have the ability to think. If you are fans of other good PG-13 scares such as Insidious, Signs, The Grudge and Paranormal Activity, than I strongly recommend you see The Ring. Just avoid the sequel. Co-starring Brian Cox, Martin Henderson, Jane Alexander, Amber Tamblyn, Rachael Bella and Daveigh Chase.
8/10 Stars – Thrilling, gripping and disturbing… all things wanted in a good horror flick!
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