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Retro Movie Review: The Ring (2002)
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The Ring
Available now on Blu-ray
Written by Ehren Kruger
Directed by Gore Verbinski
Based on the novel by Kôji Suzuki
Starring Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox, David Dorfman, Jane Alexander
DreamWorks
Rated PG-13 | 115 minutes
Release date: October 18th, 2002

Rings, the third installment in the American “Ring” series hits theaters everywhere Friday. Fifteen years ago Gore Verbinski’s The Ring opened, and set off a chain reaction that changed an entire genre. Based on the 1998 Japanese horror film Ringu, directed by Hideo Nakata from the original novel by Koji Suzuki, The Ring terrified viewers here and was a critical and financial success, earning a 72% on Rotten Tomatoes and almost $130 million. That success spawned a whole slew of J-horror knock offs and remakes including The Grudge (2004), Dark Water (2005), Pulse (2006), and the notoriously awful One Missed Call (2008). The sequel, The Ring 2 also came in 2005.

Before we watch Rings Friday, let’s revisit 2002’s The Ring.

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Movie Review: Sadako vs Kayako (The Ring vs The Grudge)
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Sadako vs Kayako

Sadako vs Kayako
Directed by Koji Shiraishi
Written by Takashi Shimizu & Koji Suzuki
Starring Masahiro Komoto, Mizuki Yamamoto, Aimi Satsukawa, Tina Tamashiro, Maiko Kikuchi, Masanobu Ando, Runa Endo
Shudder
Release date: January 26, 2017

King Kong vs. Godzilla! Frankenstein vs. The Wolfman! Freddy vs. Jason! Horror has always managed to take its greatest antagonists and pit them against one another. In 2017 Japan, the battle rages on in Sadako vs Kayako between the two most popular ghosts of the modern J-Horror scene: Sadako, the villainous ghost from Koji Suzuki’s Ring series, and Kayako, the ghost with a grudge from Takashi Shimizu’s Ju-On films. These are the two film series that helped launched J-Horror to the United States signaling a host of remakes, including Gore Verbinski’s adaptation The Ring in 2002 and Shimizu’s own remake The Grudge in 2004. Each of those films were insanely popular, grossing well over $100 million and earning sequels. The third installment of The Ring series, Rings, opens in theaters next week, while Sadako vs Kayako debuts today on Shudder, AMC’s horror streaming service.

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‘Rings’ Prank: Samara Crawls Out Of Store TV To Promote ‘The Ring’ Sequel (Video)
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Rings TV Prank

One of the most popular ways to promote a new horror movie is to set up an elaborate prank and film unsuspecting people getting the life scared out of them in the name of marketing. We’ve seen it with Devil’s Due, Curse of Chucky, Carrie, The Last Exorcism, and The Last Exorcism 2, just to name a few.

The latest prank aims to help get the word out about Rings, a sequel to The Ring and The Ring Two. For the prank, people shopping for a new TV in an electronics store are shocked when the always creepy Samara crawls out of one of the TVs and toward them.

Click on over to the other side to watch the video. Below you’ll also find a synopsis for the movie, cast and crew info, and a link to trailers if you haven’t already seen them.

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New Trailer For ‘The Ring’ Sequel ‘Rings’
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Rings Trailer

A new trailer has been released for Rings, the third movie in The Ring franchise. We saw the first trailer for the movie released back in August.

The trilogy-maker is directed by F. Javier Gutierrez, from a screenplay written by David Loucka, and Jacob Estes, and Akiva Goldsman. It stars Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Aimee Teegarden, Bonnie Morgan, and Vincent D’Onofrio.

Click on over to the other side to read a synopsis for Rings and check out the latest trailer.

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‘Rings’: First Trailer For Next Movie In ‘The Ring’ Franchise Arrives
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Rings Movie

It’s been 14 years since The Ring, the American remake of the 1998 Japanese horror flick Ringu, was released and became a box office hit. That’s right—you thought that ’80s favorite celebrating its 30-somethingth anniversary made you feel old; just think about those movies from the ’00s you were sure just came out a few years ago getting ready to head off to high school. They grow up so fast. Hell, it’s already been over 11 years since the 2005 sequel was released.

Thankfully for us Paramount Pictures was kind enough to make a third movie in the franchise which hasn’t even come out yet, so we can go back to pretending we’re young again. The trilogy-maker is titled Rings, and Paramount has released the first trailer for the movie.

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Next ‘Friday The 13th,’ ‘Paranormal Activity’ Delayed; ‘The Ring’ Sequel Scheduled
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Jason Voorhees Mask Friday the 13th

Paramount Pictures is clearly in no rush to get their next installment in the Friday the 13th series into theaters. The movie had already been pushed back eight months from its scheduled March 13, 2015 release to a November 13, 2015 release. Now comes word the studio has bumped it back yet again to a May 13, 2016 release.

Paramount has also decided to push back the release of the next entry in the Paranormal Activity franchise, while scheduling a release date for the third movie in The Ring series.

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‘The Ring’ Horror Film Meets ‘Seinfeld’ (Video)
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The Ring Horror Film Meets Seinfeld

We saw what it would look like if Game Of Thrones was presented like a TV sitcom like Seinfeld.

Now, the folks who brought you that mash-up are back – this time, Matin Comedy has combined the sounds and laugh track of Seinfeld with the scenes and dialogue of the creepy horror film, The Ring, starring Naomi Watts.

Check out the video mash-up here below.

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Watch Now: Creepy Girl From ‘The Ring’ Throws Out First Pitch At Baseball Game
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Samara in The Ring

We you aware that they were still making movies about that little creepy chick from The Ring, which was a remake of the Japanese horror flick Ringu? Neither did we!

As it turns out, a new movie about everyone’s favorite adorable little well-dweller, named Sadako in Japan (Samara here in the States), was released in May of 2012 titled Sadako 3D. Whether the movie is good or bad is of no consequence, but what is worth a peek is some of the promotions that were run to market the movie.

One of the promotions was for Sadako to come out before a baseball game and throw out the first pitch, which is…well, it’s something to see. Marketing a horror movie using comical techniques is a bit unorthodox, but hey, why not?

Continue below now to see the first pitch, as well as a trailer for the movie.

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Watch Now: Mysterious New ‘Viral Silent’ Videos Online For ‘Doctor Who’
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Doctor Who

Only days before the launch of The Impossible Astronaut, the premiere episode of Doctor Who Series 6, the BBC has released a pair of curious, yet spooky, odd videos in promotion of the new show. The two new videos, which you can view at the bottom of this post, are only titled “…are real”, and have a very real viral marketing feel – posing as a riddle of some kind for fans to try and work out.

The two curious videos, both less than a minute in length, appear to be CCTV footage with digital interference of some kind. They have a creepy feel to them, reminiscent of the video from The Ring. At this point it is unclear whether there is something within the videos that fans are expected to find, like a clue to important elements of the new series.

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You Know You’re Cursed When…Top Curses In Film
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You Know You're Cursed When... Top Curses in FilmWhen we began to approach the subject of movie curses our first thoughts went to the misfortunate occurrences of the cast and crew of films like Poltergeist and The Twilight Zone (go ahead, google it). But that’s not the kind of curses we want to talk about here today. Next, our thoughts went to the likes of Pulp Fiction and Goodfellas. Yaknow, ‘Atomic mushroom-cloud laying Mother**bleep**!’ …also not the kind of curse we want to talk about here today.

What we here are talking about is the Maloika, the Kavorka, Voodoo juju, Hexes, Katadesmoi, Bill Buckner, and Whammys (no whammys.. Stop!). After some grue filled head-knocking sessions, what we Geeks of Doom all came to realize is that both horror moves and children’s movies seem to have a lot in common. So many of them revolve around a simple curse. Think about it, my festering fleshlings. Sleeping Beauty and Serpent and the Rainbow — both main characters are put to ‘sleep’ by someone who’s pretty darn unhappy with their intrusions. The Wizard of Oz and Thinner — both characters have a pretty limited amount of time before their ‘curse’ kills them. Snow White and The Hulk — both characters are poisoned; one by an apple, one by gamma radiation. The unifying factor is that all of these films have someone cursing the daylights out of someone else, for reasons both right and wrong. So to honor the cursers and cursed alike, we gathered our doom crew together and came up with a list of a few films that we think exemplify the use of the woe-begotten whammy.

—Obvious Zombie
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