The Ring Companion
|Publisher:||Titan Books (UK)|
On its release in Japan, Ringu (The Ring) heralded a hugely popular new horror style. Successfully blending science fiction and the supernatural to chilling effect, the film’s story interweaves the “urban myth” of a cursed videotape with the mysterious death of a psychic girl.
This in-depth companion to The Ring examines the phenomenon from the original novels, through their film adaptations and remakes, including the blockbuster movie starring Naomi Watts. Placing the films in their cultural context and examining their cross-cultural appeal, this is the definitive guide to The Ring in all its incarnations.
Disturbing images and a few good shocks don’t stop The Ring from being a hash of half-baked ideas. It’s the kind of frightfest you’ll watch to set a chilling mood or spook your susceptible friends, but when you try to sort it out, this well-mounted American remake (of the 1998 Japanese hit Ringu, based on Koji Suzuki’s popular novel) collapses into a heap of incoherent parts. The negligible plot follows a Seattle reporter (Naomi Watts) as she investigates the death of her niece, the victim of a mysterious videotape that, according to vague urban…