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mellybeanTC
further down the Spiral
(11/8/02 7:34:44 am)
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why is The Ring (originals and remake) so popular?
my fiance liked the movie, enough to see it 4 times with me, but he wonders why i'm so interested in all of the background information, and this forum. a friend also asked me, why are you so into this story? others friends are just as obsessed as i am *lol*

theory 1: this is The Exorcist of this generation. it's so new, shocking and haunting that we don't just want to see it, we want to be a part of it, even if it's only a discussion group. can you imagine if the 'net was around as it is today when The Exorcist came out? i'm sure there would have been a lot of discussion, pic trading, bootlegs, etc.

theory 2: there's something primally fascinating about wanting to see little kids get revenge. especially little girls. i for one am scared, excited but most of all *thrilled* when Samara comes out of the TV ... i end up practically cheering for her!

theory 3: the collective unconscious. The Ring taps into so much societal dream/nightmare imagery, and from what i can tell so do the originals. i'm fascinated with *any* movie where i see my own dreams and nightmares coming to life on the screen. i was obsessed with Dark City when it came out, because of the elongating stairways, the twisting changing cityscapes, the doors appearing out of nowhere.

any more theories? or just personal observances? geez i hate to be a Ringworm without justification *lol*

peace,
mellybeanTC

Edited by: mellybeanTC at: 11/8/02 7:35:13 am
O Deka K
out from the well
(11/8/02 10:54:56 am)
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Re: why is The Ring (originals and remake) so popular?
I think I just like getting people to watch them and then watching their reactions. ;)

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JustaPinoy
Sadako slave
(11/8/02 11:03:01 am)
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Re: why is The Ring (originals and remake) so popular?
haha yea, I got my friends to watch it for the first time at MY second viewing, and I just loved the way they said "No way!!", "Oh my god!", and "HOly sh%^!!". One of them ended up not sleeping the following night! Yea, go The Ring!!

SadakoIsEve
the chosen infected
(11/8/02 11:15:34 am)
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Re: Re: Why is The RIng (originals and remake) so popular?
I shall see remake a second time by going today at 12:30

InfluxDatum
out from the well
(11/8/02 11:34:03 am)
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one more
Becca for DMan.

Turtle God Kame
moderator
(11/8/02 11:48:40 am)
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I think...
it's just something different that people can really get into!


(heh, and I see you've got a samara avatar)

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inteferon 
further down the Spiral
(11/8/02 12:57:38 pm)
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Re: why is The Ring (originals and remake) so popular?
I addtion to what you said, I believe that the story and plot devices have touched a nerve in our new techno-junky age (that did not exist when the Excorsist came out). This movie has subverted our comfortable relationship with and dependencies on 'benign' devices such as VCRs, TVs, and telephones. It's kind of like the unexpected demonizing of the Pillsbury Doughboy in Ghostbusters.

SadakoIsEve
the chosen infected
(11/8/02 1:05:51 pm)
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Re: Re: Why is The Ring (originals and remake) so popular?
*chuckles* True

Kwokinator
Sadako slave
(11/8/02 1:43:22 pm)
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Re: why is The Ring (originals and remake) so popular?
Gonna speak for myself here.

Personally, I never liked the movies. Ring was boring, Ring 2 was slightly better and I liked Ring 0, but as a drama movie and thought it wasn't a horror movie at all.

I'm sticking around this forum and like the background information though, because the backstory of the series as a whole is very interesting. Here we have a psychic, who basically transcends the dead to take revenge and make people suffer. She's different from most psychics, because her power is so great that she's not limited to the material realm and no one is safe from her. And to top it off, evil wins this time ;)

The series is just plain interesting, and the details are very well-crafted and thought out, enough to interest me whereas the movies didn't.

DaMan791
out from the well
(11/8/02 2:08:53 pm)
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Re: why is The Ring (originals and remake) so popular?
haha yep its true...but i also liked the movie..i'm obsessed with that to :lol

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Lee Fiora Solus
Sadako slave
(11/8/02 2:53:38 pm)
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Why is The Ring (originals and remake) so popular?
I think it is because it is something different and very original. The storyline in the ring is so unique in its own way making it scary and creepy, but at the same time, may make you feel sorry for the evil character Samara/ Sadako.

inteferon 
out from the well
(11/8/02 5:24:54 pm)
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From a review of Ring (original).....
"The brilliance of RING is the way in which the film embraces the aesthetics of Japan's traditional Ghost story while presenting it's tale in a thoroughly modern context. The movie succeeds in making computers, televisions, and video tapes seem unearthly and threatening. In the film, modernity offers no refuge from the vengeful spirits of the netherworld."

SadakoIsEve
the chosen infected
(11/8/02 5:40:47 pm)
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Re: From a review of Ring (original)....
A nice perfect point

InfluxDatum
out from the well
(11/8/02 6:43:19 pm)
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me too.
"haha yep its true...but i also liked the movie..i'm obsessed with that to "

I went to see The Ring because of Naomi Watts. Yup, I think she is gorgeous. But as in your case, I ended up obsessed about the movie. Not good I tell ya.