Funny, I was just shoving my vintage Disney Christmas cartoon VHS tapes into an ancient VCR last week and thinking about the cursed tape that contained the troubled spirit of Samara, hesitantly inserting it into the extinct machine for fear of some damp spectral child emerging from my OLED bigscreen. Now here's the first unsettling trailer for the next installment of the Ring franchise that was spawned from the 1998 Asian horror sensation Ringu, then adapted for the American market with Gore Verbinski's mini-masterpiece of terror, The Ring, in 2002.
Postponed from an original release date near the Halloween season of 2016, Rings is the follow-up to Hideo Nakata's 2005 sequel,The Ring Two, which was a poor excuse for a supernatural flick with a bland script and forgettable scares. This effective lulaby trailer teases some of the greasy, ghoulish antics of the waterlogged, pissed-off spirit and offers a few disturbing images that hint of a stylish horror offering to kick off the new year.
Ingest the official synopsis from Paramount:
A new chapter in the beloved RING horror franchise. A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a “movie within the movie” that no one has ever seen before.
Check out this unforgivng preview of Rings before the week is up and tell us if you're game for another round!
Directed by F. Javier Gutierrez (Before the Fall) and launching on Feb. 3, Rings stars Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Aimee Teegarden, Bonnie Morgan and Vincent D’Onofrio.