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REVIEW: ‘Rings’ terrifies

by Cody Melin

When I heard that “Rings” was coming to theaters, I was filled with much anticipation and excitement. I was immediately taken back to my freshmen year January term . During this time, I experienced “The Ring” for the first time. Hearing that in 2017, 15 years after the 2002 film, a new film would be added to the franchise caused a sudden thrill to my system.

“Rings” did not live up to my expectations. The whole film felt like a rehashed version of the 2002 horror film.

(Photo provided)

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People discover the tape, they watch it and they are told that they have seven days to make someone else watch the video that passes the curse along. “Rings” failed to bring any new shock factor to the movie. Students Holt (Alex Roe) and Julia (Matilda Lutz) join up with their professor (Johnny Galecki) to take on the task of unlocking the secrets of the famously-cursed videotape. This sends the group on a trip to the location of Samara’s (the creepy ghost girl in the video) buried remains.

Even the “scary” moments in this movie feel like a cheap remake of the original. “Rings” failed to bring anything new to 2017’s young audience. It’s sad to say that “Rings” terrified me, but not in the way that I was hoping my movie ticket would get me.

Cody Melin is a senior broadcast media major. This review reflects the views of the author only.

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