It has been 14 years since The Ring dominated the box office as the first American remake of a Japanese horror classic. Now, in 2016, Samara Morgan returns to terrorize audiences once again in Rings.
Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen the character since 2002. The Ring Two was released in 2005 but received mostly negative reviews and, frankly, was a disaster of a movie. However, the first trailer for Rings actually looks pretty promising.
Not much has been released about the plot at this time but one of the biggest concerns about a new film in the series is the fact that VCR’s and VHS tapes are a thing of the past. In the previous films, Samara’s curse was spread by viewing a video tape. This time around, though, it appears that Samara has gone digital. The trailer shows the tape being viewed on computer screens as well as Samara herself climbing out of a flat screen television. Thankfully, it appears the filmmakers have changed the rules to fit into the modern day. Another thing to note is that neither Rachel or Aiden (Naomi Watts and David Dorfman respectively) will appear in this new movie.
While the trailer does show off some pretty interesting new ideas, the scares seem to rely on things that have already been done in the series. Things like the choking scene and Samara appearing in the mirror behind a character have been replicated in this film. If anything, the trailer maybe shows a little bit too much and should’ve saved some of its homages to the past instead of putting them on full display months before the final film is released. One sidenote, the blind character played by Vincent D’Onofrio has a terrible delivery of his dialogue. Hopefully, they clean that up in post-production.
Nonetheless, if you’re a fan of the original film, the trailer for Rings is certainly encouraging. With new horror films, it’s truly hard to find one that meets expectations since they all tend to have really good trailers ahead of release. With this film, it seems no different.
Rings is directed by F. Javier Gutierrez and stars Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, and D’Onofrio. It’s slated for release on October 28th. Check out the trailer and comment below.