Try pairing with: Beer-Steamed Mussels
Jen’s Rating: D
Expecting Rings to be scary I cuddled with Jeremy on the sofa holding his hand as tight as I could. When I saw Johnny Galecki in the film I was excited to see him in a horror film because I think he is a good actor and love him in Big Bang Theory. I even had a crush on him as David on Roseanne.
Johnny Galecki plays Gabriel, a college professor who purchased a broken VCR with the haunting cursed video. You do not find out the purpose of the video until the end. Gabriel was doing an experiment where he would constantly had people rotate on watching the video so the haunting would go from one person to the next.
Holt, played by Alex Roe and Julia, played by Matilda Lutz are high school sweethearts who recently graduated high school. Holt went off to college while Julia waited for him back home. Julia and Holt were destined to be together however Holt became very distant after working on the special project for Gabriel. After Julia received an awkward Skype call from Holt’s classmate Skye played by Aimee Teegarden, Julia decides to take matters into her own hands.
Rings, was a let down. There was only one jumpy scene, which was near the end of the movie. The reason why the movie received a D instead of an F is because the actors were great and it had a curious plot. It’s worth a watch, but don’t go out of your way to see it. I probably wouldn’t watch this movie again.
Jeremy’s Rating: C
We picked up Rings yesterday from our local rental spot to watch with a friend who we often watch horror flicks with, and when I remembered it was out and initiated the rental, I have to say, I was a little bit excited to see how they continued the story after so many years. I loved the original, because at the time, there was nothing really like it, and it had a great twist as to what the ring actually was. The first time I watched it I was very surprised and blown away. However, this new installment does try to inject some mystery as the original did, but most of the time it feels forced, and the element of terror that the original possessed, just didn’t seem as palpable here. This is not to say that this film was terrible, as it still was interesting to watch and follow, but it did sort of seem unnecessary to tack on this third movie to make this a trilogy.
Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz plays Julia, the high school girlfriend of Holt (Alex Roe) who recently left for college when she receives a strange skype call from some girl named Skye (Aimee Teegarden) that to her seems nonsensical. Believing that Holt may be cheating on her, Julia drives to his college to find him, only to find more questions than answers and a missing Holt. When she happens to find his schedule, she attends a class of his and is introduced to Gabriel, played by Johnny Galecki and gets drawn into his strange experiments involving the “Ring” video. After finding Holt, they travel to the town of where the events of the original film take place to investigate the strange things happening there. After meeting a blind man named Burke, played by Vincent D’Onofrio things begin to get more terrifying as the time they have draws closer to an end.
There is a large twist in this film that I have no desire to ruin for you, but it’s not that hard to see it coming. The ending is fairly satisfying except for the canned final moments that for some reason director F. Javier Gutierrez decided to throw in. Overall, Rings is not really a bad film, it just happens to fall into many of the tropes that the films that obviously inspired it, from the late 1990’s, also relied on so heavily. I wasn’t wowed and I wasn’t really scared. There are parts that many will find frightening, mostly jump scares and similar things thrown in to keep the viewer on edge, but nothing that kept me wanting more of the same. For these reasons, I give this one a C.