|Pop Culture Gadabout|
Sunday, May 14, 2006 |
( 5/14/2006 05:57:00 AM ) Bill S.
DRIPPY – Caught the Americanized Ring Two through Video-on-Demand recently: one of those horror movie sequels that, in order to keep the series going, changes the rules that were established in the first flick. Thus, Samara, the vengeful soakin' wet ghost who was menacing mom Naomi Watts and son David Dorfman, all of sudden doesn't want to kill our single parent family, she wants to become a part of it – an act of supernatural possession that we're told has happened many times before. Why didn't the wet-haired girl try this in the first movie, then? Ummm, because? . . .
Director Hideo Nakata, brought across the water to helm this one, has some nice quietly creepy images in the film (the ever-watchable Sissy Spacek has a swell scene in an insane asylum), but like the previous American installment, the over-reliance on CGI effects severely dampens the bulk of the horror storytelling. A sequence featuring a menacing herd of computer generated deer – which apparently is meant to provide the same frisson that the scene with the horses did in the first Pacific Northwest Ring – is especially ludicrous. Just 'coz you can do an effect doesn't mean you should.
Ultimate verdict: the Japanese Ring 2 (also directed by Nakata) remains the one to watch.