Director: Hideo Nakata
Starring: Naomi Watts, David Dorfman, Simon
Baker, Elizabeth Perkins, Ryan Merriman, Sissy Spacek
Released By: UIP
Date: 7 April 2005
Six months after the horrifying events that terrorized Rachel
Keller and her son Aidan (David Dorfman), the two have left
their home in Seattle to escape the haunting memories of Samara
and her cursed videotape, which left so much death in its
wake. Moving to the small coastal community of Astoria, Oregon,
Rachel and Aidan hope to start fresh. However, Rachel’s
resolve quickly turns to dread when evidence at a local crime
scene—including an unmarked videotape—seems eerily
familiar. Rachel realizes that the vengeful Samara is back
and more determined than ever to continue her relentless cycle
of terror and death.
Picking up six months after
the events in the first, Watts returns as ex-Seattleite Rachel
Keller who left the big city for the relative obscurity of
country life in the seemingly idyllic confines of the beautiful
Astoria, a change in scenery where best for both her and her
son Aidan after the horrific events that rocked their lives.
While taking a job at the local paper, all going wonderfully
well, until a mysterious tape shows up in town along with
the gruesomely disfigured corpse of a local high school student.
Rachel thought by making a copy, Samara would leave them alone.
She was wrong, and now Samara has found her and Aidan, and
it’s time for the evil ghost-child to return once again
to the world of flesh and blood.
I was an immediate fan of Japanese director
Hideo Nakata’s frightening “Ringu” and was
somewhat dismayed by the heavy-handed remake helmed by Gore
Verbinski, a filmmaker not known for his horror background.
“The Ring” was a kitchen sink kind of film, eschewing
the subtlety of the original for a story that needed to explain
everything going on, leaving little to the film-goer’s
imagination. I’m a firm believer that the best horror
films are more psychological than visual and was glad to see
Nakata as helmer for “The Ring Two.”
Unfortunately, for some, this film might
find it sort of a mish-mash of elements taken from the first
film, the Japanese sequel, The Exorcist, The Omen, even David
Cronenberg’s Videodrome; it’s both too much and
too little all at the same time, Kruger apparently does explain
some of the history of Samara from the previous film, this
sequel seemed detached.
Poor Nakata, it’s a shame the masterfully
talented macabre master ended up having to endure a script
this pitiful to make his American debut. Still, he did manage
a few scenes of startling wit and icy ingenuity. The reindeer
attack, although didn’t seem quite fit into the storyline
did impressed me on its own. A merry realtor conducting an
open house at the Morgan's farm adds a great dash of black
humor. A series of digital pictures taken by Aidan reveal
an animated Samara and tie back to the first film's distorted
pictures of the doomed and never has the phrase 'I love you
mommy' had such chilling innuendo. Also kudos to Gabriel Beristain’s
chilly cinematography and Hans Zimmer’s eerie score
that effectively stood out in the film.
only "The Ring Two" had continued with the level
of tension it begins with, when teenaged Jake attempts to
seduce Emily with a scary tape, saving his life by trading
hers. This may be the first sequel where I actually wish they'd
made another copy.
by Lokman B.S.