the ring movie review - Aussieboyreviews


It’s definitely one of those creepy horror films, but The Ring is ACTUALLY creepy and scary. You can expect plenty of horror themes and freaky images that’ll frighten you in this especial remake.


After the mysterious of her niece whose body was found with a horrifying disfigured appearance, Rachel, a young journalist, must investigate a strange videotape that kills anyone seven days after viewing it.

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Movie details

Director: Gore Verbinski
Cast: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, David Dorfman, Brian Cox, Daveigh Chase
Writer: Ehren Kruger
Release Date (Australia): 14 November 2002
Runtime: 115 minutes/1h 55m
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (MA15+)

The film contains themes of horror in which there are several lengthy scary scenes throughout, as well as other thematic content relating to the murder of a child, the death of a horse and a brief suicide scene.

Violence (M)

A man is depicted crawling over broken glass, in which the glass implicitly cut his hands and blood is depicted.

Coarse Language (PG)

Includes uses of “s**t”, “bitch”, “damn” and “goddamn”.

Drug Use (G)

The film contains a single verbal reference to “getting high”.

Sex (G)

The film contains sexual innuendo including a teenage girl asking her friend if she and her boyfriend “did anything”.

mpaa rating

PG-13 (for thematic elements, disturbing images, language and some drug references)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Most horror movies seem to use either unique or unoriginal ideas and use strong horror violence to scare you. The Ring is a well-made remake of a creative Japanese horror film that’s genuinely frightening. To all horror creators and producers out there, movies like The Ring is what true horror fans are looking for: smart, scary and disturbing ideas that do not rely on heavy blood and gore. The best thing about this film is there’s barely any violence and it’s still super creepy, unsettling and frightening.

Why do the majority of horror movies rely on bloody violence for scares? A scary film can be gory, but it’s annoying when that’s the only “scary” element. What makes films like this one scary is the unexpected flashes of horrific imagery, dreadful sound effects and usually the style. The Ring is basically a reptile; it’s cold blooded as in the visual colours are blue, dull and cold and it’s extra psychological that way.

The film’s producers and the crew who made some of these great ideas need at least 50% of the credit. It can be a slow-burn, but is usually able to entertain audiences with its psychological mystery. Plenty of horror movies are still decent with “happy endings”, but some need twisted closings and other questioning elements to leave everyone like they’ve witnessed a real horror flick. No need for gory slashings and average characters; creators need to start using chilling visuals, unique stories and unsettling soundtrack. 

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