This book contains 160 horror movie reviews. These movies all contain shock, sex and gore. The reviews are sorted in order of preference. The ranking of each production is established by the sum of 7 types of ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting & quality. Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, moods, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review. These films are not for the squeamish. You have been warned!
A viscous circle...
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.