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Absolutely superb Ghost Story!,
This review is from: Ring (1998) [DVD]  (DVD)
Of late, I have become a little jaded with the usual hollywood horror films, which have spawned other 'ironic' pastiches, and spoofs. To say the word 'formulaic' is flattery. For this reason, I heard that Hollywood was re-making this film, and felt that I had to see the original as I had heard a few things about it.
What I got was a very intense and incredible film, which chose to scrap all the Hollywood rules of what should make a good horror film, and has made something much better!
Many people will not like it. It is not an action-filled rollercoaster of a ride. It is instead, a well-paced, well-shot tale that has you guessing and hanging on and holding your breath, so that when the inevitable does happen, it creates an indelible image that you can't get out of your head long after the end credits appear.
The basis on the story involves an urban legend about a strange video recording that causes the viewer to receive a phone call after watching it and mysteriously die a week later.
A reporter delves into the legend after a niece dies from the video, and discovers a dark story centering around a young girl called Sadako.
The acting is brilliant - subdued and enigmatic glances suggest more than the words, even Sadako's appearance in a white silk dress and her hair over her face appears more menacing than any guy in a 'Scream' outfit.
Above all, however, this film works mostly because it is unashamedly original. If you can watch the film, and then see the footage included in the DVD afterwards, make sure you don't pick up the phone afterwards.