Spectral Filtering: Smart Television on the “Silver Screen” in Gore Verbinski’s The Ring

  • Larrie Dudenhoeffer


Technically, Gore Verbinski’s The Ring (2002) is a remake of the Japanese film Ringu (1998), a supernatural thriller about a videotape that curses those who watch it, so that they die seven days after the viewing. The Ring’s title seems to refer to the mysterious telephone message—the ringtone—that the victims of the curse receive minutes after they watch the tape, informing them that they will soon die. Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts), the sister of one of the victims, investigates the cause of the deaths, watching the videotape and tracing its source to Samara, the otherworldly foster daughter of two ranchers, Anna and Richard Morgan. Samara, able to induce terrifying visions in others, drove Anna insane; moreover, Rachel, over the course of the investigation, discovers that Anna threw Samara down a well near the cabin from which the videotape came.


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