By: Kendra Thornton
I am not a fan of horror/scary movies at all, so this weekend was a big step for me because I watched “The Ring” for the first time. Aside from the pretty terrible acting, I actually really liked this film. I have always thought that the only point of scary movies were to have things jump out and you and to look as horrifying as possible, but I found myself completely hooked on “The Ring’s” plot because it’s almost like this crazy psychological puzzle/mystery. This film skips the gore and blood aspect of horror movies and tugs at your subconscious. The main source of suspense (besides the fact that Rachel has seven days to figure out how to keep her and herself and her son alive) is the unknown. The biggest question that Rachel asks is “why?” as in, why does this tape exist? Why was it in this specific cabin? Why seven days? The film does a great job at setting up these mysteries and then putting all the pieces together at the end.
Yes, can we talk about the ending? I genuinely believed that everything was OK and that the mystery was solved, but maybe that’s because I have little experience with scary movies. It’s one of those twists that you hate to see because it strips away all hope, but at the same time it was so out of left field that you have to appreciate it.
Side note: “Scary Movie 3” is a hilarious parody of classic horror films like “The Ring” and a couple others that I highly recommend watching because it does an amazing job at making fun of these films. It is also a lot funnier if you watch it after already seeing the original movie!