Coming Out at 18 October 2002 in theaters
The Ring is supernatural horror film directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, David Dorfman, Brian Cox, and Daveigh Chase. It is a remake of the 1998 Japanese horror film Ring, based on the novel of the same name by Koji Suzuki. Watts portrays a journalist who investigates a cursed videotape that seemingly kills the viewer seven days after watching it.
The Ring was released theatrically on October 18, 2002, and received mostly positive reviews, with critics praising the atmosphere and Watts’s performance. The film grossed over $249 million worldwide on a $48 million production budget, making it one of the highest-grossing horror remakes. It is the first installment of the American Ring series, and is followed by The Ring Two and Rings, which were released in 2005 and 2017, respectively.
In Seattle, teenagers Katie Embry and Becca Kotler discuss the legend of a cursed videotape; whoever watches it dies seven days later. Katie claims she watched the tape with three friends a week ago. Minutes later, Katie is killed by an unseen force, and Becca is institutionalized after witnessing it.
At Katie’s funeral, her mother, Ruth, urges her sister Rachel Keller, a journalist, to investigate her daughter’s death. Rachel lives with her young son Aidan, who possesses a degree of mediumship. Rachel learns Katie’s friends all died on the same night, sporting disfigured appearances. Rachel travels to Shelter Mountain Inn where Katie stayed, discovering the rumoured cursed videotape. Renting the same cabin as Katie, Rachel watches the tape, which contains disturbing, gruesome imagery. Once the tape ends, Rachel receives a phone call from an unknown caller who whispers “seven days”.
Director: Gore Verbinski
Writers: Ehren Kruger, Kôji Suzuki (novel), Hiroshi Takahashi (1998 screenplay Ringu)
Stars: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox, David Dorfman, Jane Alexander, Lindsay Frost, Amber Tamblyn
|Brian Cox||…||Richard Morgan|
|Jane Alexander||…||Dr. Grasnik|
|Shannon Cochran||…||Anna Morgan|
|Sasha Barrese||…||Girl Teen #1|
|Tess Hall||…||Girl Teen #2|
|Adam Brody||…||Male Teen #1|
|Ronald William Lawrence||…||Library Clerk|
|Lindsey Stoddart||…||Grad Student|
|Joanna Lin Black||…||Cashier|
|Maura McNamara||…||Girl on Ferry|
|David Povall||…||Girl’s Father|
|Keith Campbell||…||Ship’s Mate|
|Chuck Hicks||…||Ferry Worker|
|Gary Carlos Cervantes||…||Painter|
|Coleen Maloney||…||Mourner #1|
|Catherine Paolone||…||Mourner #2|
|Maury Ginsberg||…||Video Store Clerk|
|Mar Party||…||Business Man|
Sources: imdb & wikipedia