One of my favorite aspects of 2017’s Rings (directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez and released last February) was a sort of “Cult of Samara” that existed at an unnamed university. Under the direction of rogue professor, Gabriel (Johnny Galecki), students watched the franchise’s cursed video tape on purpose in order find proof of an afterlife. Each student employs a “tail”, someone who watches a copy of the cursed video before 7 days have passed; the curse is then transferred and the “tail” must find another to prevent his/her death, thereby spreading the curse in a never-ending cycle.
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This idea was previously explored in a 15-minute prequel to The Ring Two; 2005’s Rings was directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Darkness Falls, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning) and features Ryan Merriman as Jake, who happens to be the first victim in The Ring Two. In other words, this short film creates a link to the front-end of The Ring 2 (directed by Hideo Nakata).
Now, you can see 2005’s Rings for yourself; it absolutely adds to the complex mythology connected to the vengeful spirit, Samara. Have a watch and let us know what you think in the Comments section!
Official Synopsis: Six months after the incidents involving the lethal videotape, new clues prove that there is a new evil lurking in the darkness.
2017’s Rings is now available on VOD as well as Blu-ray/DVD. Check out the trailer & review below.
Official Synopsis: A young woman (Matilda Lutz) becomes worried about her boyfriend (Alex Roe) 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.