Synopsis: A young journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone in a week of viewing it.
Director: Gore Verbinski
Writers: Ehren Kruger (screenplay), Kôji Suzuki (novel), and Hiroshi Takahashi (1998 screenplay Ringu) (uncredited)
Stars: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson and Brian Cox
Serious Jest: (Don’t Bother) I don’t really see what all the hype was about. This movie was more interesting as a mystery than it was scary, and the payoff at the end of the mystery wasn’t worth the buildup. The acting was pretty good, however, and David Dorfman did a good job of rivaling Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense) as one of the creepiest child actors in a movie. The opening scene–which is often my favorite part of horror flicks, anyway–was worth watching, just for the unique, crazy concept, but after that it’s diminishing returns with your time.