Iconic horror movies that genuinely scare modern audiences are few and far between. But 2002's The Ring remains one of the best of the 21st Century. Not only did it bring the legendary character Sadako Yamamura to a mainstream American audience, it started a trend of Japanese horror remakes in the United States from Pulse, Dark Water, One Missed Call and The Grudge. A franchise that also crossovers with The Ring.
Now the 2017 installment Rings is about to hit cinemas on February 3rd. And, to heighten anticipation for the feature even further, Paramount Pictures have decided to release the opening 3 minutes of footage of the film on top of an extra clip. With a cast that includes Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki and Men in Black and Run All Night star Vincent D'Onofrio, it is sure to be a scary ride.
Echoes of Final Destination In Plane Ride From Hell
It was a horrifying thought before to think that Sadako could literally jump out of a television screen to take down her victims, now we know she can travel in the mile high club! Giving off a Final Destination vibe to proceedings, the sequel is expanding their horizons for a character that has lurked in similar dwellings until this point.
The official synopsis reads: "A new chapter in the beloved Ring horror franchise. A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a 'movie within the movie' that no one has ever seen before..."
Schedule Switches Back and Forth Concerned Fans
Directed by F. Javier Gutierrez, the filmmaker will have a huge task to follow on from an original that is regarded as a classic despite the sequel in 2005 failing to live up to the hype. The Ring Two saw Naomi Watts reprise her role as Rachel Keller and while it picked up $161.5m at the box office, it feel comfortably short of it's predecessor to the tune of $249.3m.
The plot and screenplay was lambasted from start to finish, never capturing the magic that the first did by resorting to tired cliches. If Gutierrez overcame the first hurdles of scheduling changes by the studio that slowed down the process, then the franchise could be back to it's glory years.