some thought about "Ring
Fri Apr 20 10:34:20 EDT 2001
>So, if he first two were so substandard, what was so good about the
>Ring 0? I haven't seen it yet so I'm kind of curious.
I didn't want to sound like I thought the first two movies were garbage -
rather that they didn't have quite the verve and originality that some
people seem to think they do.
I think we talked about the merits of Ring 0 in an earlier discussion, so I
don't want to bore list members with the same argument, but basically I was
impressed with the way it approached the central character (Sadako) and the
series itself from a totally opposite perspective to the first two films
(almost like making a prequel for Jaws, explaining how young Bruce was
teased by the other sharks and became a psychopathic leg biter). For me it
succeeded both as a stand-alone film and as an entry in the series,
especially in the escalation of events leading to Sadako's 'creation'. I
can't remember too many horror films that manage to successfully (and
intentionally) create sympathy for the monster, while at the same time
breeding such a memorably evil one.
Anyway, I'd much rather rave on about the more daring Japanese horror films
of the last few years, like Kairo, Uzumaki, Audition etc. I don't think
Nakata Hideo's all he's cracked up to be.
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