...go see The Ring. Extremely creepy and well done. I'd put it up with my favorite horror movies: The Shining, Night of the Living Dead, Halloween, and Exorcist. The two kids in this movie (the girl in the "movie" and the lead's son) are going to haunt my dreams for awhile.
"Words to memorize. Words hypnotize. Words make my mouth exercise. Words all fail the magic prize. Nothing I can say when I'm in your thighs."
The problem though, is that every damn movie that's supposed to be scary gets a creepy little kid. It's the most overdone plot device in Hollywood, bar none. Why not try a new approach? Old people are creepy too!
I don't know, I'm a pretty intelligent viewer, and I just got back from seeing the ring, and I thought there were a few too many loose ends for my liking. As was said before, some things were overexplained, while others were not explained at all. * * * * * * * spoiler * * * * * * * * * * The "false" ending, (those who saw it know what I mean) is pretty cool though.
(edited by Guru Zim on 25.10.02 1158) "You think they gonna support their family working at muthafucking Burger King? They AIN'T!" ---Don Cheadle aka THE MAN
Naomi Watts is my new imaginary girlfriend. Holy Lord is she gorgeous.
SPOILERS BELOW * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Okay, so I have a few questions. Why exactly did the little girl choose to go multimedia (video and phone) to curse people? Why was the little girl killing innocent people anyway and allowing her father to live? Couldn't Watts have just destroyed all copies of the tape, thus ending the curse once and for all?
I was born in a manger, like that other guy. You know, he wore a hat?
Originally posted by Big BadWhy exactly did the little girl choose to go multimedia (video and phone) to curse people? Why was the little girl killing innocent people anyway and allowing her father to live? Couldn't Watts have just destroyed all copies of the tape, thus ending the curse once and for all?
My best guesses (HERE THERE BE SPOILERS LA LA LA GO AWAY IF YOU DON'T WANT PLOT SPECULATION)... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 1) Hey, it's the 21st century, she's gettin' with the hi-tech program. (Television and the telephone are extremely common communication media, and the message was intended to reach as many people as possible.)
If I've heard correctly, the various Japanese derivations of the Ring(u) saga involve different media -- for instance, the Dreamcast game involves a computer virus that kills in a week.
2) Dunno for sure why Daddy lived. Maybe he made a copy. (He asks our heroine if she made any copies, when she reveals that she knows about the tape; maybe he did know the secret.) Alternatively, her revenge (spreading the family's secrets around the globe, the hard way) was targeted at him; it may have been more fun for her to let him live and experience the fallout.
As for why innocent people were killed... does evil need a reason?
3) (more serious spoilage here)
a) If she'd destroyed the tapes at the end of the movie, she would've killed her son by doing so (IMHO). My take was that it wasn't the actual physical copying of the tape that saved her -- it had to be viewed by someone else (thus transferring the curse to them, until they passed it on to someone else, and so on.) The tape was intended to propogate the message; you either had someone new watch it (increasing the "I've seen it" ring by one, so to speak), or you died. Simply copying the tape and sitting it aside (or destroying it) wouldn't have done anything to spread the message.
That part is left open at the end -- who would Aiden have shown the tape to, and would he have died if he DIDN'T show it to someone else before his seven-day period expired? It wouldn't have been the first time his mother thought she understood what was going on, but was wrong.
b) The girl made one tape from beyond the grave, and stated (before she died) that she could make physical objects, like the pictures, by thinking them into existence. Who's to say that she couldn't have made more by force-of-spectral-will?
(edited by vsp on 25.10.02 0806) "No society has managed to invest more time and energy in the perpetuation of the fiction that it is _moral, sane and wholesome_ than our current crop of _Modern Americans_." -- Frank Zappa