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The Ring Two

Genre: Horror
Directed by
Produced by: Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald
Released by: DreamWorks Pictures

In Short: The sequel to the cultish "The Ring" lacks any truly terrifying moments and suffers from a ludicrous plot.

Frighteningly Bad
Unsuspecting Viewers Be Warned
By Cherie Saunders

It’s six months after investigative reporter Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) figured out that a string of grisly murders was linked to the ghost of a small girl named Samara, whose mother left her for dead at the bottom of a well. Bitter and abandoned, Samara (Kelly Stables) was hell-bent on telling the world her story—and did so with disturbing images communicated through VHS tapes in 2002’s "The Ring." When unsuspecting viewers watched the video, they would perish in horrific fashion within seven days unless a copy was made and given to someone else. Once Rachel figured out that dubbing saves lives, she took measures to ensure that no one would ever lay eyes on the tape again.

At the outset of "Ring 2," Rachel and her son Aidan (David Dorfman) move from Seattle to the small coastal community of Astoria, Oreg., to start fresh. But soon, a dead body turns up sporting the same mid-scream look of death as Samara’s carnage left behind in Seattle. Upon further investigation, not only does Rachel discover that the black-haired ghost is back in effect, but this time, she may be using her son Aidan to carry on.

Both Aidan and Samara are even creepier this time around, while Watts continues the raw emotion that moved fans of "The Ring." But this sequel lacks any truly terrifying moments. The story borders on ludicrous and renders most of Rachel’s maternal decisions absurd.

Ironically, her co-worker Max (Simon Baker) believes that Aidan is the victim of a crazy mother, not a vengeful ghost. When Max convinces Rachel to take Aidan to the hospital, the staff, including Dr. Emma Temple (Elizabeth Perkins), believe Rachel is insane and attempt to remove him from her care. Sadly, the doctors were not far off in their diagnosis—as Rachel’s bad mothering gives the film its only scary moments.

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