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The Ring 2 - Preview

Preview by: Jack Foley

IN TERMS of remakes, The Ring surprised many by being a genuinely enjoyable, and frequently unsettling, Hollywood take on the Japanese original, which properly thrust Naomi Watts onto the Hollywood A-list.

Given that the original spawned a sequel in Japan, it's little wonder to find that Hollywood has now delivered Ring 2 as well.

But the first thing to say about it is that it's not a simple retread - far from it.

And the second is that the original Japanese director of both Ringu films, Hideo Nakata, is also back on board, replacing Gore Verbinski.

As a result, horror fans are in for a real treat, particularly as, according to screenwriter, Ehren Kruger, 'the storyline doesn't follow the first Japanese sequel at all'.

Hence, Naomi Watts returns as the plucky reporter from the original and relocating to Oregon with her young son in the hope of escaping the curse of the deadly videotape that claimed the life of her boyfriend at the end of the first film.

Needless to say, things don't go as planned and, according to Kruger, 'bad things come their way, very bad'.

Beyond that, not much is known, so as not to give too much away.

But Nakata's presence should, at the very least, ensure a global audience is licking its lips, especially if the sequel is different to Ringu 2.

What's more, given the acclaim and box office success that also greeted last year's The Grudge, which saw the original Japanese director travel to Hollywood to take control of the remake, then The Ring 2 should be among the year's first and best fright-fests.

Dare you press rewind?

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