some thought about "Ring

Don Brown the8thsamurai
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. 
Don Brown
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