Quintessence of Terror: Perfect Movies 2018

This book contains a list of movies ranked from the simplest to the most complex. The level of complexity is established by the sum of four classification methods: 8 moods, 9 genres, 27 subgenres and 64 antagonists.

Each movie includes a list of moods, genres, a synopsis, a review and eight ratings: stars, story, creativity, acting, quality, rewatchability, creepiness and gimmick.

The list includes horror and horror-adjacent films with a perfect star rating.

The Ring

A journalist investigates a cursed videotape that causes death.
United States
Japan
2002
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Animals: 
Horse
Infected: 
Contagious
Cursed
Object: 
Footage
6
A viscous circle...
6
5.04
7.04
7.04
2
4
4
Performances
Pace
Plot
The Ring re-imagines Japanese horror success Ringu. It replicates the eerie urban ambiance of the original movie, setting its key scenes in small clustered American apartments. The deal-breaker for any Ringu completist is that the protagonists don’t have supernatural powers. It takes us away from the more fantastic adaptations of the classic Japanese folk tale and novel, for better or worse.
It’s better than your average haunting movie. For one thing, the ghost is confined to an infamous viral videotape that piques the curiosity of its victims and sets in motion a chain of events. It namely calls you to announce you’ll die, when it will happen, then lets the protagonist struggle with apprehension and terror for a week. To us, the audience, this translates into an hour-long procedural.
The investigation Naomi Watt’s character undertakes acts as preliminary to satisfying but sparse frights. There is little to no humor in The Ring. Build-up, ambiance and mystery are therefore at the forefront. To support it all is a genuinely creative tale that mixes ghost, supernatural contagion and technology, resulting in a powerful gimmick that justify an American remake.
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