10/14/21 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #14 – Ringu (1998).

I’m sure the majority of people reading this blog have seen Gore Verbinski’s incredible film The Ring from 2002. But sadly, so many have never seen the original movie on which it was based. While the plots are mostly the same across both films, there are some key differences. Ringu stands alone as a genius masterclass in mystery and dread. Here is the brief imdb synopsis:

A reporter and her ex-husband investigate a cursed video tape that is rumored to kill the viewer seven days after watching it.

When Ringu first came out, it was a sensation for good reason. There was a simplicity to the story and the curse — watch this videotape, and you’ll die in seven days. What’s so fantastic is the mystery unfolding over those seven days, with a chyron showing us just which day we’re on, constantly reminding us of that ticking clock. While the remake has more gloss and sheen, there’s a style to this one that’s almost more gritty. It feels more visceral. The backstory on Sadako (renamed Samara in the remake) is also quite different. The reason for the curse and the death is very Japanese, and that’s why I think this movie is so fascinating. I love to see exactly how our cultures differ, all through the sense of the same film. Why choices were made here vs. there. Regardless, if you’re a huge fan of The Ring, you owe it to yourself to see where the story originally came from. It stands on its own.

Where to Watch: Streaming on Shudder, AMC+, Tubi and a few others.

Food/Drink Pairing: A TV dinner and a mug of well water.

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