When little girls coming out of household items and scaring the shit out of you was all the rage. Better than the original Japanese version, moments of great cinematography when the spooky investigation stuff happens is where the horror shines, the jump scares are also kept restrained allowing the atmosphere to do the work. But that kind acting like an adult is just weird, possibly a dwarf in disguise as a child.
Maybe my vision is blurred by the teenage memories, but this is still is one of my favourite horror movies. Verbinski directs it with great panache and moody visuals, and even if the story leaps forward a bit too fast on several moments... it is haunting and creepy without resorting to cheap thrills.
It was surprisingly not as awful as the usual Hollywood adaptation of Asian movie. But still, they just somehow feel the need to explain and making sense of every freakin thing. The original one created a traumatic experience for life, this was.. nothing more than a jump scare.
Ever-so-slightly more characterization, if still not effective enough in a near scene-for-scene, emotional beat-for-beat remake. Despite it being 25-odd minutes longer, it mostly is due to even more dull-and-unneeded investigation. While Verbinski's style is more polished than Nakata's murkier shadowplay, it's more inviting than ominous. A remake that doesn't correct the problems of the original, but lengthens them.
Just completely shat all over the brilliant Japanese version. The only remarkable thing it does comparatively to the original was the striking cinematography. But what it did in keeping an interested eye it lacked in every other aspect. "Ringu" isn't an ordinary horror (or J-Horror) film whose objective was to creep out the audience. It was a tale of tragedy and generation that the American remake missed by a lot.
I haven't seen the original ones and honestly this one didn't scare me at all. I don't think it's a great horror movie. BUT, I gotta give it three and a half stars anyway for their effort to dish up an amazing cinematography. I also love love love the pacing and story, well done.
Uno dei film più disturbanti che abbia mai visto. Dimenticatevi i banali spaventi da colpo di scena e preparatevi ad un film che vi logorerà lentamente, grazie ad una storia agghiacciante raccontata tramite immagini che vi faranno aprire gli armadi e controllare sotto il letto prima di dormire. Ah si, non rispondete a telefono.