The Ring

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The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen The Ring Thursday, March 31, at 8 p.m. in the Cinema Lounge of The Carolina Asheville and will be hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther.
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Genre: Horror
Director: Gore Verbinski
Starring: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, David Dorfman, Brian Cox, Daveigh Chase
Rated: PG-13

According to traditional logic, Gore Verbinski’s The Ring (2002) is a movie that ought not work, since it’s both a PG-13-rated horror picture and a remake—two things that are often cited as the source of everything that’s wrong with the horror genre these days. What The Ring proves, I think, is that it’s not the PG-13 that’s the problem; it’s that the films are generally pitched at undiscriminating teens. As for the remake complaint, well, that’s only a problem if you bring nothing to the table and make a film that’s inferior to the original. I’d argue that The Ring not only brings much to the table, but is an improvement over the Japanese Ringu (1998) in every way. (I’m sure I’ll get an argument on this.) The two films have the same basic premise—that if you watch a certain videotape, you die in one week—but there’s greater artistry and added detail and depth in the remake. In fact, it may just be the creepiest film of its decade. When it came out, I ranked it as markedly inferior to the previous year’s The Others. Now, I’m not so sure.

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About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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2 thoughts on “The Ring

  1. Dionysis

    “…it may just be the creepiest film of its decade.”

    I guess I need to give it another viewing, since upon my first viewing, I found it about as scary as Granny’s corset.

  2. Ken Hanke

    I don’t know, Granny’s corset sounds pretty scary to me.

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