The Ring had to be one of the best thrillers of my childhood. It was so thoroughly frightening it was almost beautiful, except for that wet hair scene in the well. That was gross. But however disgustingly beautiful a film may be, it does not promise its sequel to be equal (it was terrible), which is why I am strongly skeptical of the upcoming third chapter to the franchise. The sequel, despite being poorly received, made enough money to illicit this eventual return from that dark well to our bright, static-filled screens again.
Though we are promised in the latest trailers that Samara Morgan is back for good measure, I cannot help to feel that this is going to be a Scream 3 version of a now classic thriller; regurgitating similar post-video symptoms eluding cheap screams from re-used scare tactics with unnecessary updated prodromes for a younger audience. Why is there a ring scar on their backs now, Mr. Gutierrez? It feels as though director F. Javier Gutierrez is merely trying to remind audiences of what once terrified us from TV static in our preteen years, with the added digital online criteria we're currently adjusted to witnessing in our daily lives.
If this is the new premise, I will say I enjoy the concept of interrupting airline safety videos during flight with Samara's home movies. Other than this refreshing take on a "viral" setting besides Youtube, I am not convinced this trilogy will bare enough respect to the original eight-year-old monster (No, not the Japanese one). This trailer not only repeats what we've already known and seen, but adds more unwarranted questions that go even further to distract us from the new main "movie within the movie" plot twist. Who is the old blind man? Why is our protagonist answering a corded phone in the future? What inspired Samara to rhyme now? How is she suddenly a contortionist? Where are the absolutely necessary creepy drawings from a kid? Gutierrez should have at least thrown that nostalgic bone for us.
Even though a 12-year old me would have not turned on my own television for weeks to the idea of a third installment, I now would gladly like to see Samara back out there again, eliminating anyone and everyone who sat at those editing suites in the studio creating these trailers. If Samara won't forgive or forget (new trilogy tagline) then neither will I. This freaky franchise deserves a real viral ending.
After many re-shoots and pushed release dates (since 2015), Rings is finally set to open Friday, February 3rd starring Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Aimee Teegarden, Bonnie Morgan and Vincent D’Onofrio. The film's story follows 2005's The Ring Two and arrives 15 years after (my favorite) Gore Verbinski's The Ring, which was based on Hideo Nakata's 1998 Japanese movie, Ringu adapted from the same name novel by Kôji Suzuki.