Gore Verbinski’s horror hit became a masterpiece


Surprisingly, “The Ring” only has a few scenes that can be considered truly terrifying on their own. And on top of that, it leaves more to the imagination than it gives you visually, leaving it up to the viewer to create the terror… or not, depending on how the film makes them feel at the time. When you remove those two major death scenes (one at the start and one at the end), it’s easy to reframe this movie as drama. After all, it follows the structure of a procedure, Rachel pursuing a finality in this mysterious case. He’s not a cop, but in these kinds of movies, a journalist is a worthy replacement for the main character. Becoming desensitized (and, for me, learning to love horror over the years) as you grow up allows you to move away from the purity of terror you experienced as a child and supplement what you see with elements of horror. other places, like crime dramas, and it works like gangbusters in “The Ring.” Additionally, the film’s main story inherently plays like a drama, with his family turmoil and troubled child taking center stage.

No, you cannot classify the film as a drama on its own; These murders and their horrific aftermath are still part of history, as is Samara’s uncanny ability to torment people through videotape and out of their televisions. “The Ring” will always be a horror movie, but time has revealed this duality to me in a way that felt like an epiphany. I can continue to rediscover the films that make my story, again and again throughout life. Most things are one-dimensional when you’re young, and especially with horror, it’s hard to fully grasp certain themes because you just haven’t experienced that side of the world yet. There are layers to all movies, and when time pushes you into an experience, it strips away those layers and gives you a more nuanced and complete view of what the movies are trying to say in their fullest form.


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