“THE RING”…….(sigh)

Posted: July 13, 2011 in Uncategorized

First off, let’s get this straight.  Now normally I would not be watching a horror film on my own time and definitely not for fun (and no it’s not because I am a fraidy-cat) for the simple conclusion that I believe scary movies are not that entertaining.  I have not gone to the movie theaters and seen a horror film that would make me say “hey i liked that so much, I should buy it on dvd or make me wanna watch it again. Even the Freddy vs. Jason series, which is actually a different story because they are more funny than scary.

So as I am watching “The Ring”, I notice something that always happens in horror films: they always have someone stupid or crazy enough to try and be the hero or figure out what is going on, and most of the time, depending on the importance of the character’s role, something very bad ends up happening to them.

I can’t even lie.  The first scary movie I saw was this.  I guess that I can’t bag on horror films too much because if they didn’t exist, then those wouldn’t exist either.  Also, “The Ring” we know wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for “Ringu”.  I would like to end this blog entry by thanking the producers of the Scary Movie series for showing some humor in these horror films.

In “The Ring” there is one scene where the man is sitting down in a room watching the scary video tape that says after you watch it you will die in seven days.  The director placed the room’s phone in the view because of this mysterious call you get after watching the tape just to put emphasis on the phone.  When I look at this still image, the telephone serves as a punctum, because you know when you connect the tv screen with it you know what will happen next.

  1. Brandon, check out this link: http://www.the-numbers.com/market/Genres/Horror.php. It shows a list of the most successful horror films. (The American version of *The Ring* is number 11, and number 2 in the last 10 years after *I Am Legend*). Horror is one of the most financially successful genres, and often horror films do a large percentage of their final box office on the first Friday night of their release, suggesting that their audience feels almost compelled to watch them. So, even if you aren’t personally a fan of the genre, can you speculate on why so many people are? Why are we so drawn to this genre as a culture? Think about the horror film as an interface (and less about the content of this particular horror film). How does horror function? Actually, as someone that is a self-professed non-fan of the genre, you stand to be even more objective in your analysis of how the genre works.

    *The Ring* was also pretty critically successful when it was released. Check out this link for some of the reviews: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/ring/. All of this should give you some fodder for thinking about the film beyond your immediate reaction, which is completely understandable. It’s a polarizing genre in that some people absolutely love horror films while others dismiss or hate them.

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