There are few horror movies these days that deserve sequels, and even fewer that manage to produce decent ones. That being said, the highly anticipated followup to "The Ring" and "The Ring Two" has arrived, 15 years after the original captivated a generation. It was the first horror movie that intrigued me and caught me with its twist, and I am beyond hyped to see what new amazing and terrible thrills a decade and a half of technological advances will add to this series.
But what made "The Ring" so good? What kept viewers so engaged? Why is it still just as good today as it was back then? While the entire film was quite excellently executed, these seven scenes solidify it forever as a pillar of the modern horror genre. Caution: spoilers ahead!
1. When the tv turns on by itself
This happens more than a few times throughout the film, but it never ceases to send chills up my spine. Every time. That being said, every time there is static on the television (supernatural or otherwise), it creates a stellar sense of unease as well.
2. The girl in the closet
Katie still haunts my nightmares to this day. I feel bad for my adverse reaction to Katie's reveal, as she is clearly the victim here, but that doesn't make her any less terrifying.
3. The tape itself
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Full of disturbing and improbable images, it's no wonder you'll die after watching this video.
4. "Seven Days!"
The most terrifying phone call you can ever receive... Also, fun fact: it's how long a creepy, young girl can survive after being suffocated to unconsciousness and pushed into a well.
5. When Rachel realizes that her son watched it, too
"LEAVE HIM ALONE!"
6. The ultimate twist
If Aidan says that you weren't supposed to help her, you weren't supposed to help her! By this point in the film, there were already two fake endings, and during my first viewing, I had no idea there was still a nice chunk of run-time left. So perfect. So unexpected.
7. When the video continues
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And when you realize that Samara is suddenly IRL and that you've watched the video, too, so you're probably next. Because she will never stop.