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    The Ring Talkback Thread(Spoilers)

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    I'm surprised no one put a talkback for this movie yet, so I did it myself

    Saw it last night, and I must say it did the job of scaring me. It wasn't as they said in the commercials "The Scariest movie since The Exorcist" IMO. It was just creepier(I never got why people say The Exorcist is scary anyways). "Signs" is still the movie that creeped me out the most this year, but after seeing this one, I didn't sleep too well last night(It didn't help that I have a TV in my bedroom ).

    Now the review portion. The movie had good pacing in the beginiing, and I thought it was going to end rather fast, given how quickly the days go by, but then it kind of slows down in the end. Seeing the corpse of the girl from the beginning of the movie just freaked me out, and so did about the whole last 2 days. The editting was done well also, and having the scenes kindo f merge with the video done nicely(The video itself is very weird, hopefully a DVD release will include the video by itself as an extra, with the ability to "pull" it like they did in the movie)

    Having heard about the original japanese version, and it being a trilogy(Ringu, Ringu 2, and Ringu 0), I was kindo if wondering if the US producers would set it up for a sequel, and they did. They leave several unanswered questions that leave us hanging, and a new element as well, which in this movie worked out OK. Hopefully the movie does well enough to allow for the sequels, or at least Dreamworks will release the original movies(which are based on a series of japanese books) on DVD at some point.

    I give it 4.5 stars. The pacing could have been a little better in the end.
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    Scared the living junk outta me.

    My review of this movie would simply be, "AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

    I dreamt of the creepy ghost girl all night last night and no movie to this day has forced me to shut my eyes 'til now.

    Great movie that I will never watch again, and in seven days I shall fear for my life again.

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    This is about right...




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    Re: The Ring Talkback Thread(Spoilers)

    Originally posted by MDawg957


    Saw it last night, and I must say it did the job of scaring me. It wasn't as they said in the commercials "The Scariest movie since The Exorcist" IMO. It was just creepier(I never got why people say The Exorcist is scary anyways). "Signs" is still the movie that creeped me out the most this year, but after seeing this one, I didn't sleep too well last night(It didn't help that I have a TV in my bedroom ).

    Having heard about the original japanese version, and it being a trilogy(Ringu, Ringu 2, and Ringu 0), I was kindo if wondering if the US producers would set it up for a sequel, and they did. They leave several unanswered questions that leave us hanging, and a new element as well, which in this movie worked out OK. Hopefully the movie does well enough to allow for the sequels, or at least Dreamworks will release the original movies(which are based on a series of japanese books) on DVD at some point.

    I give it 4.5 stars. The pacing could have been a little better in the end.

    I have to say I agree with you on all points! First off, I loved the Excorcist but again it's not that scary. Signs did indeed creep me out too, though this movie was worse. And I kept my bedroom tv off.
    I also agree with what you say about the pacing but it wasn't too much of a trick. You what what I really liked...the ending. Yeah it was freaky and sad but that part with the guy in his apartment ... I'm glad they ended it like that than the moral thing they were going for...and I'd be ALL up for a sequel. *I'D* like to find the original Japanese version. Upon checking my local video store who knows all things video, and they said it is not to be made available for "a long time". I will continue my quest though...

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    I think I am going to wait and see the original. They sell it on VHS at this link, though I don't think it's very legitimate.
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    I haven't seen the US version but the original Japanese movie was pretty good. ( Although not quite as good as I had been led to believe )
    I think I made a mistake by watching it during the day... it's the kind of thing that should really be watched at night when you're alone in the house.

    For anyone who's interested in seeing the original, it's worth noting that the UK released DVD is uncoded and should play in any DVD machine so long as your tv can handle PAL. ( same goes for the two sequels )

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    I liked the original....Haven't seen the new one yet, but I just begs the question "If it was so bloody good, why did you wanna redo it, Dreamworks?"
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    To make it accessible to the general American public. And they did it justice.

    By all accounts this was a solid film. Had the over all tone of Sixth Sense, smattered with disturbing images from a Tool video at all the right points and doesn't pull it's final punch in saying that the ghost just needed to be understood or freed.

    Hopefully I can break the two night run of nightmares tonight....

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    Originally posted by JohnCrichton
    To make it accessible to the general American public. And they did it justice.

    By all accounts this was a solid film. Had the over all tone of Sixth Sense, smattered with disturbing images from a Tool video at all the right points and doesn't pull it's final punch in saying that the ghost just needed to be understood or freed.

    Hopefully I can break the two night run of nightmares tonight....
    Hopefully I can get to sleep tonight. I keep looking at my TV cause it's in my bedroom, and then I can't sleep. Curse you movie for making me have another imaginary thing to be scared about!

    On one hand I want to see it again, but on the other, it'll probably reinforce my fears, which makes it worse. I could see Signs again, even though it creeped me out, but it didn't make me have a fear of an inanimate object at night


    For anyone who has seen both the US and Jap versions of the film; was the video in both movies similiar, or were they quite different?

    Also, I never knew horses could be creepy until I saw this movie
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    I finally slept soundly last night.

    Hair stood up on the back of my neck this morning while I brushed my teeth, but that's about it.

    I do and I don't want to see the Japanese version.........

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    Originally posted by JohnCrichton
    I finally slept soundly last night.

    Hair stood up on the back of my neck this morning while I brushed my teeth, but that's about it.

    I do and I don't want to see the Japanese version.........
    I know how you feel JC. I want to see it for comparisons sake, but I don't want ot get all freaked out again.

    It's going to be tough for me when this one comes out on DVD. I enjoyed it, but i'd probably not get enough courage to ever watch it again
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    I'll just say one more time... as much as I hesitate to recommend this film, cuz I'm not sure if people like to be scared free of their wits... I'm surprised more people here haven't seen it or are talking bout it.

    Hmf.

    Movie of this caliber, you'd think there would've been alot more responses....

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    Originally posted by JohnCrichton
    I'll just say one more time... as much as I hesitate to recommend this film, cuz I'm not sure if people like to be scared free of their wits... I'm surprised more people here haven't seen it or are talking bout it.

    Hmf.

    Movie of this caliber, you'd think there would've been alot more responses....
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    It was pretty good. Am I the only one that liked the little boy?

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    Okay I zoomed past all the comments concerning this since I have yet to see this movie. But my mom keeps telling me we HAVE to see it. She easily gets freaked by even the slighty scary movies, but the reviews, critics and friend's comments have got her bent on seeing it...and taking me along to get just as scared. So, does anyone here recommend seeing it? Is it worth the price of a ticket and about two hours of my time?

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    Originally posted by Barb Gordon
    Okay I zoomed past all the comments concerning this since I have yet to see this movie. But my mom keeps telling me we HAVE to see it. She easily gets freaked by even the slighty scary movies, but the reviews, critics and friend's comments have got her bent on seeing it...and taking me along to get just as scared. So, does anyone here recommend seeing it? Is it worth the price of a ticket and about two hours of my time?

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    I also recommend watching it at night, or you'll lose the whole effect of the movie.
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    Absolutly, Barb. You should go see this.

    Oddly enough I'm seeing that alot more males are freaked the hell out by this movie. I litterally had nightmares for two night straight and I still see her when I close my eyes before I go to sleep.

    CaptainYurika, whom I saw the movie with, on the other hand had no nightmares and is over the film now.

    Here's a great review, but the "scared the frell out of you" experience is that much better if you don't know anything about the movie.

    This review is pretty spoiler free:

    The Ring
    There is a videotape that, once watched, causes its viewers to die seven days later. (No, it's not Bruce Willis' The Kid.) That simple premise, the stuff of urban legends that find malevolent possibilities in mundane items, spawned a pop-culture phenomenon in Asia, first via The Ring (a novel by Japanese author K˘ji Suzuki), then in a series of much-imitated films initiated by director Hideo Nakata. Now comes an American version that wrings the premise for every drop of suspense. In spite of the technological twists, The Ring is at heart a classic ghost story, and it knows it. It allows the horror to unfold out of a campfire-ready opening scene, as two teenage girls exchange the story of the videotape while left alone in a seemingly peaceful house. The evening doesn't go well, which prompts single mom and Seattle Post-Intelligencer reporter Naomi Watts to investigate. Her efforts lead her to a remote cabin and, inevitably, an unmarked videotape whose spooky contents could pass for unused dailies from Mulholland Dr. "Very film school," says unimpressed former flame Martin Henderson. While he's not far off the mark, the images have an unsettling quality that portends the troubles to come. Revealing more would spoil a plot dependent on the slow revelation of details. Spelled out, it sounds a bit banal anyway, as most ghost stories do when removed from the creaks and fleeting visions of unspeakable horror that make them work. Expanding on the strong visual sense evinced in the otherwise mediocre The Mexican, director Gore Verbinski creates an air of dread that begins with the first scene and never lets up, subtly incorporating elements from the current wave of Japanese horror films along the way. He succeeds mostly through sleight of hand. When the shocks come, they interrupt long stretches in which the camera lingers meaningfully as characters accumulate details that confirm what they already know: What they've seen will kill them, and soon. As a marriage of big-budget filmmaking and old-fashioned scare tactics, it easily ranks alongside last year's The Others. And, like that film, The Ring features a heroine several cuts above the average scream queen: Watts, whose worldly fašade is chipped away as the film progresses, revealing an expression of ashen dread. Viewers made callous by too many cheap horror films may experience a similar reaction. ŚKeith Phipps
    I like that last part of the review, cuz it pretty much nails the experience. I went in a worldly jaded cynical bloke, not easily scared. But as the move rolled on "day" by "day", slowly it wittled away at my resolve and even sneaks in some serious sucker punches.

    I mean, it breaks rules in that usually there some kinda musical warning before they pop something horrid on you.

    This movie at points didn't afford you the luxury of giving you the chance to shut your eyes.

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    Originally posted by JohnCrichton
    Absolutly, Barb. You should go see this.

    Oddly enough I'm seeing that alot more males are freaked the hell out by this movie. I litterally had nightmares for two night straight and I still see her when I close my eyes before I go to sleep.

    CaptainYurika, whom I saw the movie with, on the other hand had no nightmares and is over the film now.
    I think you're right. It seems to scare guys more for some reason. I was freaked out when watching it, but have been otherwise uneffected. I find it to be a well done movie especially if we are blessed with sequels.

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    Okay I just saw it today with my mom. Had to see it during the day otherwise my mom would have flipped. She hates scary movies, freaks out easily, but had to see this It was an awesome movie, and scared the living daylights out of me. Had my eyes covered and certain parts where I really didn't wanna see something, like when the hot guy was dead. Martin Henderson is so hot I wish they had ended the movie like 20 minutes early, when everthing was nice a happy again. The ending really made it a horror kinda film in that basically the evil went on and everyone was screwed.

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    My traditional two-weeks-late review... I just came back from it, and wow. I'm not a big filmgoer, I rarely see movies that I'm not sure I'm going to like, but I got dragged to this one.

    Am I the only one who thinks the ending ruined it? I thought it was a great movie, and was a little relieved by what seemed to be the end, until they added another 20 minutes to it and ended it on an amazingly depressing note.

    Anyway... it was good overall. Like Signs, it managed to be extremely scary without so much "shock scares". Of course, there was plenty of that if that's what you're into (the faces of the dead people being the worst, along with the horse on the ferry). But most of the scariness was just the "impending doom" creepiness as you just know there's no way it could end happily, and they unveil little clues to the mystery. It was done nicely.

    The scene at the end where Samara came out of the TV and killed what's-his-name, while still being a staticky TV image, was a great SFX moment. Loved it.

    I hope they make a sequel. How did the Japanese version end? Did the trilogy end a little more happily than this one?

    I'm going to balance this out to a ***1/2. It was ****1/2 until the end. I don't like sad endings, I'm sorry. Although I guess I wouldn't have gotten the aforementioned Samara scene if it had ended there. Ah well...

    ***1/2

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