The Ring

Day Twenty Five of the 2010 Silver Shamrock Happy Halloween Countdown!

Happy Halloween Countdown Day Twenty Five

The Ring
I’d not originally planned to include The Ring because it isn’t exactly something that you think of as being overlooked and it’s of fairly recent vintage. The Ring was well received and widely seen, taking in a cool three hundred million dollars world wide; it’s a movie that hasn’t exactly been glossed over. Or has it? The Housecat and Dramagirl had never seen it, which I found mildly surprising, given that they are representative of one half of horror fandom — typical teens with a taste for splattery fast paced horror films.  Then there is the other half of horror fandom, the more serious horror fans who give The Ring a skip or dismiss it almost entirely over the Japanese original, Ringu.   Between these two core groups of horror film consumers, maybe The Ring has been passed over and forgotten somewhat. The former group being too young to have seen it during it’s initial run and the later group passing it over in favor of the film from which The Ring was remade.

I did a little experiment and watched The Ring with the Housecat and Dramagirl to see how they’d react. Dramagirl nearly few out her chair a few times and kept yelling at the movie. “Don’t put that tape in the player!” and “Oh, my God! That horse is freaking out! Leave it alone!” For those who have seen the movie, do you remember The Scene (as I call it) near the end when the TV does that thing in that guy’s apartment . . . you know the part I’m talking about, both Housecat and Dramagirl were all silence and eyes wide like pie pans. The Ring got a good scare out two girls who saw The Hills Have Eyes II at their father’s place a couple of years ago (WTF was he thinking?).

I’d not seen The Ring is in probably five or six years.  It was better than I remembered it. Yeah, the weirdo clips in the cursed VHS tape are still uber creepy, and there is The Scene, but what struck me is the shot composition and cuts in several scenes. They’re really clever. For example, at the beginning of the film Director Gore Verbinski and cinematographer Bojan Bazell set up several shots in such a way that both veteran horror fans and more casual fans will get drawn in; veterans looking for the scare that must . . . be . . . right. . . . behind that . . . .door! Nope. At the other end, a casual horror fan, like Dramagirl, who hadn’t planned to watch The Ring, (who got sucked in as she was passing by the TV), gets hooked in like a fish by same scene, taking it in at face value.  For all The Ring not being as “good as Ringu” it’s still an effective and entertaining horror film.

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