Just when you thought things we’re getting brighter, the second trailer for the latest instalment in The Ring films, Rings, has dropped. See it below.
Yes, it seems that Samara still hasn’t forgiven people for her unfortunate end and is once again wreaking havoc with anyone who happens upon her video tape. The release of the third instalment in The Ring series, based on the original Japanese movie, has been pushed back repeatedly. Yet, now it seems that we finally have a release date for Rings that’s concrete.
The first big difference between this film and the previous instalments is that Samara, the spirit who is summoned by watching the videotape, has now learnt about the digital age, opening her up to even more terrified audiences.
In the movie’s previous trailer, we even saw passengers on an airplane being subjected to her terror. So, does this mean that Rings is moving Samara’s threat into some kind of supernatural terror attack? Adapted from a Korean horror movie, the American version of The Ring has haunted audiences since it was first brought to US and European cinema goers back in 2002.
What’s eerily creepy about the trailer above is its combination of child-like innocence and cold, hard horror. We hear Samara speak a bittersweet rhyme as the characters who encounter her video learn that she is not to be messed with. In addition to this, we see much more of Samara herself rather than the black-haired crawling creature who escapes from TV screens. Whether or not Rings will focus more on the human story behind the dark spirit or whether this was just a device to help new audiences understand the plot remains to be seen.
The last instalment in the franchise was the less-received Ring Two. After this we thought the terrifying video had been buried deep. Yet, the franchise has been dug up again. In fact, the way that the film deals with this new super-connected digital age we’re now in will be worth a watch. This may make the film more than just a money-making sequel.
Rings hits cinemas on February 3rd.
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