Ring (film)

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German title ring
Original title The Ring
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 2002
length 115 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
JMK 14
Director Gore Verbinski
script Honor Kruger
production Laurie MacDonald
Walter F. Parkes
music Hans Zimmer
camera Bojan Bazelli
cut Craig Wood

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Ring (Original title: The Ring ) is a horror film from 2002 by Gore Verbinski with Naomi Watts in the lead role. It is a remake of the Japanese horror film Ring - The Original from 1998. The original book The Ring comes from Kōji Suzuki .


Rachel Keller is a young journalist who has to deal with an extremely mysterious case. Her niece Katie died inexplicably from sudden cardiac arrest. At her funeral, Rachel happens to get into a conversation between classmates of Katie, in which she learns about a videotape that supposedly kills anyone who watches it after seven days. Rachel also learns that exactly one week before her death, Katie went on a weekend vacation with three friends in a wooded holiday village and that each of these friends also died under mysterious circumstances. Since this case arouses her particular interest, she decides to investigate.

She goes to the hotel complex where Katie and her friends have resided, where she comes across an unlabeled and sleeveless VHS video cassette in the video collection, which is on a shelf in the reception room for the guests . She instinctively takes the tape and decides to spend a night in the rustic holiday complex. In her spontaneously rented cabin, Rachel watches the contents of the tape on a television. The video consists of seemingly senseless and sometimes surreal and nightmarish scenes that seem to have no connection. When it ends, the phone rings and an unfamiliar voice only says: “Seven days!” Rachel concludes that she only has seven days left to live.

Over the course of the following week, Rachel feverishly tries to determine the origin of the video. She takes it into her custody and first shows it to her ex-boyfriend Noah, the father of her son Aidan, who is a photographer and film expert. This prompts Rachel to make a copy of the video so that she can watch it more closely. In doing so, he discovers that neither the original tape nor the copy of the video has a relevant timecode , which he cannot explain at first. Rachel visits Becca, Katie's former best friend. Becca was present the night Katie died and has been under custody in the mental hospital ever since . She hardly speaks a word to Rachel, but she seems to know about her situation of only a few days left to live.

Rachel goes to a video lab to analyze the copy of the tape more closely. In doing so, she comes across a second trace contained on it, which shows a lighthouse on a high island. With this clue, Rachel does more in-depth research in a library and on the Internet to find out the background to the lighthouse, which she eventually finds out on an island called Moesko Island . During the search, she also discovers a photo of the woman who can also be seen on the video in archived newspaper reports. The woman's name is Anna Morgan, which spurs Rachel to research further. She finds out that Anna Morgan was a passionate horse breeder and participated in horse shows. But then her horses all went mad, ran into the sea and drowned there.

Rachel then takes a ferry to Moesko Island . Once there, Rachel learns that Anna has been dead for 24 years, but that she had an adopted daughter named Samara. This was feared on the island because she is said to have had unnatural powers and is obviously the author of the deadly video. For this reason Rachel has to find her - especially since Aidan has now also watched the video and also seems to be in a supernatural way in telepathic connection with a "little girl" . At the estate of Anna's widowed husband Richard Morgan, Rachel discovers more elements from the video. When she asks him about the subject, the man expels her from the house. Rachel then seeks a local doctor, from whom she learns that Anna Morgan, a short time after she adopted Samara, began to see her and tell her about horrific visions, whereupon Anna was admitted to a mental hospital.

Rachel visits Richard Morgan again the following evening, but he cannot be found, although the front door is open. She discovers a videotape with a label on it, which she immediately looks at. It shows therapy sessions with Samara, from which Rachel finds that Samara felt loved by her mother but hated by her father. When Richard Morgan shows up, he loses his composure and kills himself with electric shocks in the water-filled bathtub in the bathroom through the wired television set and a switched- on power strip . At that moment, Noah arrives, who goes to the stable with Rachel, where they come across a kind of children's room in the vaulted roof, in which Richard Morgan locked his adopted daughter Samara when his wife Anna was admitted to the mental hospital. Behind the wallpaper there is a burned-in pattern of a tree on a wooden wall, which Rachel looks familiar and leads her back to the location of the video - the log cabin in the Shelter Mountain Inn holiday village .

In the House of Morgan Family Noah and Rachel discover an old stone fountain under the wooden floor, thrusting into the Anna her adopted daughter Samara years ago before suicide committed. However, Anna did not know that Samara - despite previous attempts to suffocate with the help of a plastic bag - was still alive and only died after seven days in the well. Since Rachel is still alive despite the expiry of her deadline, the curse seems to have been dispelled by the recovery of the corpse. The opposite is shown when Noah is haunted and killed by the body of Samara the next day. Rachel desperately ponders why it was only Noah who died and not her too. She finds the reason in the copy of the videotape she made for Noah, and rhymes that Samara just wants attention and the curse is lifted as soon as the victim makes a copy of the tape and passes it on. In the last scene of the film you can see Aidan making a copy of the tape with his mother, which should also relieve him from the curse.


  • The original "Ringu" was the most internationally successful Japanese horror film to date. In contrast to most US horror films, the film does not rely on short-term shock effects, but mostly on a subtle way of spreading horror and a threatening atmosphere.
  • The DVD contains an Easter egg . If you activate this, you immediately see the eerie video tape from the film. This puts the viewer, who knows the film, in the position of the protagonist. In this respect, the film runs again in reality.


"Exciting mixture of ghost story and multimedia horror, which after the intense exposure is lost in the complex plot and does not come close to the disturbing effect of the Japanese original."

“Also, some“ fashionable bells and whistles ”were built into the remake, for example an annoying parapsychological brat that has unfortunately been very popular since 6th Sense. In the Japanese version, thank God, it doesn't appear like that. [...] The remake is so Americanized and adapted that the cult character of the original can no longer be traced - this loss of "charm" is clearly noticeable. Still, "The Ring" is not a bad film, and it is always good for dignified creeps. "

- Wolfgang Huang : Film mirror

"If the Japanese version is atmospherically dense and creates tension through tense calm - the Hollywood version trumps with striking effects. Effects that partly have nothing to do with the plot and were obviously only used to create tension in the audience. [...] Ring shows once again that Hollywood productions with star casts do not per se guarantee an exciting plot. Often smaller productions that have to draw strength from themselves due to a lack of budget are more effective and worth seeing. "

- Dagmar Trüpschuch : Jump Cut

“A visually and dramatically outstanding suspense creeper, whose resolution is disappointing and leaves some questions unanswered. Still worth seeing just because of the video tape. "

- gong

" Ring is incoherent , creepy - and Naomi Watts looks great.
I found Ring quite captivating, mainly because of the sleek, colorful look and tone [...] the pace is furiously kinetic throughout, with a camera shaking and shaking to keep up with the." To keep up with frightened people who are fleeing from some terrible stranger or towards it [...] without any stop, the film then plops into chaos. "

The German Film and Media Assessment FBW in Wiesbaden awarded the film the rating particularly valuable.


On March 20, 2012, the Blu-ray Disc appeared for the first time in the USA in blue and black tissue paper in Best Buy stores .


The most famous parody is the American horror comedy Scary Movie 3 , released in 2003 . In the same year, a parody of The Ring called Dubbing appeared on the Japanese show Vocabula Tengoku , in which Anna Morgan stands naked in front of the mirror - to the delight of Aidan and to the horror of Rachel. There were also mentions and allusions in various series. Also in video games such as Silent Hill 4: The Room or FEAR there are characters that are very reminiscent of Samara / Sadako. The film was also parodied on The Annoying Orange in the episodes The Cursed Onion Ring Tape and The Onion Ring .


The Ring 2 was released in American cinemas on November 10, 2004, and the film also opened in Germany on March 31, 2005. The second part is partly based on the plot of the original ( Ringu 2 ) , but also has elements of the Japanese film Dark Water , which also comes from a book by Kōji Suzuki. A short film called Rings followed , which links the plot of the two films. This can be found on the Collectors Edition DVD from Ring and on the DVD from The Ring 2 .

In February 2017, a third feature film in the series entitled Rings was released in cinemas.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Ring . In: BFI .
  2. ^ Ring (2002) . IMDb . Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  3. Release certificate for ring . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , January 2003 (PDF; test number: 92 265 V / DVD).
  4. Age rating for ring . Youth Media Commission .
  5. ^ Entry in the Lexicon of International Films
  6. http://www.filmspiegel.de/filme/filme.php?id=906
  7. http://www.jump-cut.de/filmkritik-theringus.html
  8. Gong 40/2007
  9. Andrew Sarris: The Ring Is Incoherent, Chilling - And Naomi Watts Looks Great. In: The New York Observer . October 27, 2002, accessed on June 14, 2008 (English): “I found The Ring moderately absorbing, largely for its elegantly colorful look and sound, […] The pacing remains frantically kinetic, with the camera huffing and puffing to keep up with terrified humans fleeing from or rushing toward the frightening unknown […] and the film is left free to plunge into chaos. "
  10. The Ring Sneaks Quietly on to Blu-ray
  11. ^ The Cursed Onion Ring Tape
  12. The Onion Ring