A journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone one week to the day after they view it.
"The Ring" holds a fresh rating of 71 percent on Rotten Tomatoes (at the time of publication). The film isn't a simple ghost story. "The Ring" is terrifying because it forces those in the film (and viewers) to come face-to-face with what their watching on the small screen and I'm not talking about 3D. A monster comes through the TV screen seven days after viewing a videotape. Maybe, that's why VHS is no longer a thing and it's all about streaming now.
[...]Director Gore Verbinski creates an air of dread that begins with the first scene and never lets up, subtly incorporating elements from the current wave of Japanese horror films along the way. He succeeds mostly through sleight of hand. When the shocks come, they interrupt long stretches in which the camera lingers meaningfully as characters accumulate details that confirm what they already know: What they've seen will kill them, and soon.
An American nurse living and working in Tokyo is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse, one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim.
While "The Grudge" does not have a fresh rating or high audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, but the film remains revered for its jump frights and for taking on the cinematic style of Japanese ghost stories. The film stars iconic scream queen Sarah Michelle Gellar in the lead and she definitely helps deliver the scares. The film made over $187 million globally, has two sequels and also has an upcoming reimagined sequel. Jamie Russell reviewed the film for BBC, back in 2004.
Delivering two ghosts for the price of one - a wide-eyed little boy called Toshio (Yuya Ozeki) and his spooky mother, Kayako (Takako Fuji, clearly suffering the effects of typecasting) - The Grudge delivers some impressive jumps as the ghosts flout the laws of physics to chase Gellar and her (mainly American) co-stars by emerging from overflowing bathtubs, CCTV camera footage, and closets that contain more than just a few skeletons.