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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 08.24.16] horror

If you thought we were done with videos that kill people, we were totally wrong. It's been over a decade since Hideo Nakata's The Ring 2 was released and that appears to be long enough for the stink to wear off the franchise because another entry is coming.

Directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez, the Spanish director responsible for the rather good apocalyptic Before the Fall (review), this new entry skips big name movie stars and casts a number of young up-and-comers in Matilda Lutz and Alex Roe. Along for the ride are Johnny Galecki (he of "The Big Bang Theory" fame), Aimee Teegarden, Bonnie Morgan and the always excellent Vincent D'Onofrio.

This time around, the movie follows a young woman (Lutz) who gets herself mixed up with the mysterious killer video after her boyfriend becomes obsessed. In the process of trying to save him, she discovers a "movie within the movie" that's never been seen before.

Meh. The trailer isn't all that interesting and though I liked the Japanese films and the first American movie well enough, this story doesn't hold much interest anymore. Throw in a mediocre trailer and color me unimpressed.

That said, I'm sure there are a whole crowd of teens and twenty-somethings who will eat this up for Halloween.

Rings opens October 28.

Recommended Release: The Ring

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