Horror Movie Review: Ringu (1998)

Based on Koji Suzuki’s novel by the same name, this movie started a new trend of remakes of asian horrors, and also opened up for the popularity of asian horror on a world wide market. In a world wide market that relied heavily of gore and showing the scares, a movie where the unseeable was even more horrifying, really scared people a lot more than exploding heads and zombies had done for decades. It also made us fear our televisions and VHS movies for seven days after we saw them.

Reiko Asakawa is a reporter looking into a rumour of a cursed video, and as she travels around to interview people, her niece dies mysteriously at the same day as her friends that all had been rumored to have watched the video. As she starts looking into it for her sister, and at the same time coping with her life as a single, divorced mother, she starts finding out more than she should, and a curse that might have stopped with her niece, is unleashed once more as she finds the cursed tape in a cabin reception in Izu.

An eerie video with hints to the person behind it, and the horror that follows it as a phone call, and the knowledge that she has only 7 days to figure out how to stop the curse from consuming her like all the others. With the help of her estranged Ex-husband, they have to solve the messages of the tape before the curse takes them, and also their young son, that watched it by accident.

As I have read the book, I know that it is really, really different from the movies, and it sadly seems the american remake followed the japanese movie more than trying to do anything else with the book. I won’t spoil the movie, or the book too much, but the book did have a different lead, and a lot of different things according to the back story of everyones favorite little Sadako. The american remake is not the worst, but the second one was so horrible I have until now just wiped it off my mind. There is also two sequals to the japanese one. The second one is ok, and the last one, Ringu birthday, is actually closer to making me cry than to make me afraid. There is also a more unknown sequal, named Ransen, and a new one from 2012 in 3D, just named Sadako 3D that was horrible besides one horrifying idea for a monster.

If you are a fan of the book, there is actually a korean version of the Ring, that follows the book a little closer than the japanese movies, and if you look, I bet you can find it, it is called the Ring virus in english.

So, treat yourself to this asian horror movie, where the scares are not the use of blood, or overly horrible serial killers out to kill you, but the ancient human fear of the unknown. We do not know what is lurking in the darkness, we do not know who is on the other side of that phone, or what is coming closer and closer from the well each time the movie is shown. All we know, is that it will come for us, and no matter what, we will not be ready. Remember then, that when your television suddenly turns on again, do not unplugg it, because then it will only be more terrifying when it still turns on before you, and a woman with long black hair, and a long white dress looks back at you.

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Horror Movie Review: Alien (1979)

After the popularity of Star Wars, Science fiction was on the rise again, and this is when Ridley Scott gave us as a beautiful mix of science fiction and claustrophobic horror.

Most people have probably already seen or heard of this movie, and it is a classic. It follows the crew of seven on the Nostromo, a commercial towing spacecraft on its route back to Earth. But on the way there, the crew is woken up by the computer telling them of a transmission on another planet and orders to check it out.

They send down a team to the planet, and without their knowledge, they return with a murderous threat like nothing humanity has ever seen. In a dark and looming atmosphere, they are hunted down one after another, knowing that danger lurks just around the corner, inside the darkness all around them.

This movie has a lot of good actors, like John Hurt (doctor who, Merlin series+) Ian Holm (Bilbo in The lord of the rings) and last but not least, Sigourney Weaver (Ghostbuster), that went on to somehow appear in all the Alien movies. She is a strong hero, and her motherly instincts in these movies just serves to make her even stronger.

I don’t want to spoil the movie for any of you if you haven’t seen it, but I really recommend it. Even with its age it has aged well, and even with old-looking computers and some outdated science fiction looks, the effects of the alien and the use of their sets transcends time and would make a lot of producers these days jealous.

Alien is the first movie and a must see, but if you like it, do not stop there, as the second movie, named Aliens, is also an amazing movie, made by James Cameron. It is more of a science fiction, horror and lots of action, but it is amazing and camp in just the right ways. The third movie, Alien 3, made by David Fincher, is also a good movie, even if a lot of people who likes the 2nd movie does not like the opening. I myself started with the 4th movie, I liked it, but has in later years seen that it does not compare to the old ones at all, but even if it did flop, it is written by Buffy and Avengers maker Josh Whedon.

And if you like these movies and can’t get enough. Watch the Predator movies, and then kick back with some awesome monster brawling with Alien vs Predators 1 and 2. It will not be wasted time, no matter what people tell you.

So, sit back, turn off the lights once more, and dwell into the dark corridors of the Nostromo, where you can see on your sensors that there is something moving against you in the hallways, it is getting closer and closer, but you can’t see anything at all! The small deadly dot on the sensor starts running towards you, and even as it is right on top of you, you can still not see anything in the darkness. But as you slowly hear low hissing, you can feel something thick and slippery drip down you back, unto your shoulders and then into your face, and you will slowly look up at the open air ducts, where something is looking back.

And remember: In space, no one can hear you scream…