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THE RING TWO

Want to know the scariest thing about The Ring Two, sequel to Gore Verbinskiís 2002 fright fest? Directed by Hideo Nakata (creator of the Japanese-language Ringu and its sequel, the very films that inspired The Ring), itís a horribly inferior bastardization of his own material. Anyone whoís seen both versions of George Sluizerís The Vanishing will understand what I mean. Yet the root of this filmís evil lies within Ehren Krugerís screenplay, which discards the video-tape/phone-call gimmick that thrilled fans of the previous movie. Indeed, the best scene here is also the first, and itís the last time the original rules apply. Lured by an air of sex, randy teens (that old horror staple) pay a deadly price, as a Hell-born video tape becomes the ultimate form of coitus interruptus. Alas, with video being so í90s, itís out with the old, and in with . . . DVD? If only. As Naomi Wattsís Rachel adapts to small-town life, sheís once again forced to protect son Aidan (David Dorfman) from the possessive advances of restless spirit Samara (Kelly Stables), who really just wants to be loved. Aw, isnít that scary? Overloaded with unconvincing visual effects in place of psychological terror, this is a Ring best left unanswered. (109 minutes)

BY BRETT MICHEL

Issue Date: March 25 - 31, 2005
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