The first rumblings of the resurgence of Japanese horror were felt in the early twenty-first century when Ringu found its way into video stores across the UK. The notion of an audio-visually transmitted spectre is very much a product of the digital age and, at the time, the shock of the original film was striking.
The mystery of Sadako, anglicised as Samara in the US remakes, has propelled a number of sequels, prequels and team-ups in the finest horror tradition; The Ring vs The Grudge is coming our way later this year with a grim inevitability.
Here’s a fancy synopsis and the trailer follows below,
A new chapter in the beloved RING horror franchise. A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a “movie within the movie” that no one has ever seen before…