The Ring


1h 49m 2002

Brief Synopsis

It sounded like just another urban legend--a videotape filled with nightmarish images, leading to a phone call foretelling the viewer's death in exactly seven days. As a newspaper reporter, Rachel Keller was naturally skeptical of the story, until four teenagers all met with mysterious deaths exactly one week after watching just such a tape. Allowing her investigative curiosity to get the better of her, Rachel tracks down the video... and watches it. Now she has just seven days to unravel the mystery of the "Ring."

Film Details

Also Known As
El aro, Le cercle: The ring, Ring, Ring (Dreamworks), The, Static, aro, cercle: The ring
MPAA Rating
Genre
Adaptation
Horror
Thriller
Release Date
2002
Distribution Company
AMBLIN PARTNERS
Location
Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA; Seattle, Washington, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 49m

Synopsis

It sounded like just another urban legend--a videotape filled with nightmarish images, leading to a phone call foretelling the viewer's death in exactly seven days. As a newspaper reporter, Rachel Keller was naturally skeptical of the story, until four teenagers all met with mysterious deaths exactly one week after watching just such a tape. Allowing her investigative curiosity to get the better of her, Rachel tracks down the video... and watches it. Now she has just seven days to unravel the mystery of the "Ring."

Crew

Tom Acosta

Greensman

Kimberly Adams-galligan

Assistant Costume Designer

Jude Adamson

Cgi Artist

Blondel Aidoo

Visual Effects Producer

William R Aldridge

Special Effects Technician

Michael Allegro

Driver

Benita Allen

Associate Producer

Benita Allen

Assistant Director

Chris Anderson

Visual Effects

Lea Anderson

Craft Service

Loren Anderson

Transportation Captain

Mike Anderson

Sound

Slamm Andrews

Music Engineer

John Aquino

Driver

Larry Aube

Key Rigging Grip

Fran├žois Audovy

Graphics

Anne Aulenta

Hair Stylist

Anne Van Den Avond

Accountant

Michael Axinn

Adr Editor

Tony Bacigalupi

Assistant Editor

Michael Baird

Video

Rick Baker

Special Makeup Effects

Stephen Baker

Cg Supervisor

William Ballard

Driver

Nico Bally

Grip

Gil Baron

3-D Animator

Tony Barraza

Digital Effects Artist

Daniel W. Barringer

Stunts

Ben Barron

3-D Animator

Christopher Barron

Sound

Craig Barron

Visual Effects Supervisor

Jim Batchelder

Visual Effects

Bojan Bazelli

Director Of Photography

Robert Beaumont

Key Grip

Andrew Bell

Special Effects Technician

Hatem Benabdallah

3-D Animator

Becky Bentham

Music Coordinator

Erik Berentsen

On-Set Dresser

Lee Berger

Visual Effects Producer

Dena Berman

Casting Associate

Jason Bierfeld

Assistant

Jean Black

Makeup Artist

Roland Blancaflor

Art Department

Matt Blea

Assistant Camera

Chamonix Bosch

Production Assistant

David Bowen

Property Master

Mike Boyle

Animal Wrangler

Alex Brandenburg

Production Assistant

Rosemary Brandenburg

Set Decorator

Michael W Brennan

Dolly Grip

Greg Brickman

Stunts

Laurent Briet

3-D Animator

Scott Brines

Production

Jerry Brooks

Foreman

Jeffrey S Brown

Greensman

Lindakay Brown

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Jeff Buccacio

Sculptor

Richard Buoen

Storyboard Artist

Tim Burby

Sound

Lindsay Burnett

Visual Effects Producer

Gary Burritt

Negative Cutter

Richard Burton

Camera

Rodney Byrd

Special Effects Foreman

Denny Caira

Transportation Coordinator

Tom Callinicos

On-Set Dresser

Keith Campbell

Stunt Coordinator

Peggy Casey

On-Set Dresser

Alejandro J Castillo

Electrician

Bernadette Castillo

Visual Effects

Denise Chamian

Casting Director

Jennifer Chantnicki

Digital Effects Artist

Terry P Chapman

Special Effects Technician

Jesus Chavez

Production

Raymond Chih

Software Engineer

Michael Chonos

Driver

Dennis R Clark

Driver

Kaiser Clark

Production Assistant

John Cleveland

Grip

Craig Cockerill

Assistant Camera

Steve Colgrove

Electrician

Gary Combs

Stunt Coordinator

Gil Combs

Stunts

Mark Connelly

Loader

Mark Coo

Grip

Michael Coo

Key Grip

Jesse Cook

Researcher

Ritchie Copenhaver

Stunts

Glenn Corbett

Chief Lighting Technician

Linda S Cormany

Set Costumer

Glenn Cotter

3-D Artist

Mike Coulter

Software Engineer

Marcia Craig

Tutor

Carl Crandall

Modelmaker

Travis Crenshaw

Foley Recordist

Brandon Criswell

Rotoscope Animator

Terry Crnic

Driver

Audrey Marie Crouse

Stunts

Chris Crowell

Digital Effects Artist

Emily Crupper

On-Set Dresser

Karen Crutcher

Medic

Paul Curley

Titles And Opticals

Brian Cuscino

Rendering Artist

Gary Dahlquist

Rigging Gaffer

Burt Dalton

Special Effects Supervisor

Cris De Arce

Production Assistant

Dave Deever

Video

Michael Degtjarewsky

Digital Effects Artist

Albert Delgado

Special Effects Foreman

Krystyna Demkowicz

Visual Effects Producer

Maria Devane

Post-Production Accountant

Mitch Devane

Sculptor

David Diamond

Assistant Location Manager

Michael Diersing

Construction Coordinator

Craig Dobbie

Best Boy Grip

James Dooley

Music

Brian Dowrick

Cg Supervisor

Teresa Jaimie Drapkin

Accountant

Tom Duffield

Production Designer

Clay Duncan

Assistant

Ed Dunkley

Video

Neal Edelstein

Co-Executive Producer

Gregg Edler

Production Coordinator

Alan Edmisten

Assistant Director

Beate Eisele

Costumer

Andrew Eksner

2-D Animator

Marcus Epps

On-Set Dresser

Dale Ettema

Special Effects Technician

Christopher Evans

Digital Effects Artist

Debbie Evans

Stunts

Rick Ewald

Assistant Camera

Sven E M Fahlgren

Post-Production Coordinator

Zach Fannin

Production Assistant

Leslee Feldman

Casting

Russ Fell

Visual Effects

Mark Felt

Visual Effects

Robert J. Ferrara

Chief Lighting Technician

Ramona Fleetwood

Makeup

Chris Flynn

Digital Effects Artist

Doug Ford

Sound Engineer

Andy Foster

Visual Effects

Geoff Foster

Music Engineer

Suzanne Fox

Foley Editor

Scott Frank

Other

Erica Frauman

Post-Production Supervisor

Wally Frick

Driver

Alex Frisch

Visual Effects Supervisor

Tyler W. Gaisford

Production Assistant

Richard Garcia

Driver

Sara Gardner-gail

Props Buyer

Joe Gareri

Visual Effects Producer

Harry Garvin

Camera Operator

Page Gehrke

Production Assistant

Michael George

Transportation

George Gervan

Digital Effects Artist

Richard Gervan

Digital Effects Artist

Renee Gharib

Visual Effects

Charles Gibson

Visual Effects Supervisor

Charles Gibson

Unit Director

Pete Giraldo

Driver

Daniel C Gold

Camera Operator

Ronald D. Goldstein

Special Effects Technician

Alex Gomez

Software Engineer

Orlando R Gonzales

Assistant Production Coordinator

Rene Gonzalez

Projectionist

Jarek Gorczycki

Chief Lighting Technician

Trevor Goring

Storyboard Artist

Joseph A Graham

Dolly Grip

Dale Grahn

Color Timer

Bernie Granados

Medic

Tony Greasley

Driver

Jonathan Greber

Sound

Lindsay Greitzer

Assistant

Glen Griffin

Project Director

J R Grubbs

Sound Effects Editor

Giselle Gurza

Assistant Director

Leilani Gushiken

Assistant

David Gutman

Digital Effects Artist

Jeffrey M. Hall

Electrician

Howard W Hammerman

Sound Engineer

Brian Hanable

Digital Effects Artist

Scott E. Handt

Props

Michael Hansen

Assistant Property Master

Landie Hartman Jr.

Projectionist

Willie Haspel

Construction

Bruce Hauer

Driver

Ronald M Haynes

Assistant Location Manager

Maureen Healy

Digital Effects Artist

Alex Hegedus

Software Engineer

Jurgen Heimann

Animatronics

Michael 'ffish' Hemschoot

Animator

Rusty Hendrickson

Animal Wrangler

Art Hickman

Stunts

Daren Hicks

Production Coordinator

Michael Hilow

Stunts

Elizabeth Himelstein

Dialect Coach

Lora Hirschberg

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Patrick R. Hoeschen

Electrician

David Holden

Driver

Heidi J Holicker

Assistant

Phil Holland

Film Lab

Film Details

Also Known As
El aro, Le cercle: The ring, Ring, Ring (Dreamworks), The, Static, aro, cercle: The ring
MPAA Rating
Genre
Adaptation
Horror
Thriller
Release Date
2002
Distribution Company
AMBLIN PARTNERS
Location
Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA; Seattle, Washington, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 49m

Articles

The Ring - THE RING - A Modern Ghost Story


One of the biggest blockbusters of the past few years was the Japanese horror film The Ring (1998) which swept through theatres across the world, inspiring two sequels, a prequel and even a Korean remake. Most Americans haven't seen it, though, since The Ring was never released here. Instead we get our own remake which looks like it might beat the poor track record of Hollywood films based on foreign hits.

The Ring is actually not about a Lord-of-the-Rings-type ring but rather a cursed videotape. When a reporter's niece dies she investigates and discovers something interesting about the tape: Anybody who watches dies seven days later. Admittedly, this might seem like a cheesy premise but then many of the best horror films don't sound much better in a synopsis: spend a night in a haunted house (The Haunting), build a companion for a monster (Bride of Frankenstein), the dead rise to attack the living (Night of the Living Dead). The difference is all in the execution.

One of the highlights of The Ring will be seeing Naomi Watts in her first film since she gave one of the all-time great performances in David Lynch's Mulholland Drive. The director is Gore Verbinski (The Mexican) working from a script by Ehren Kruger who showed a knack for twists in Arlington Road and Reindeer Games. According to early reports, Kruger has changed enough of the story that fans of the original will still be surprised without losing any of the expected creepiness.

Work on the remake started in April 2001 when Dreamworks outbid Disney for the rights. Filming was originally to be in Boston but after the World Trade Center attacks, the producers decided to shoot on the West Coast. Much of the location work was done in Washington state around Port Townsend, Monroe and Silvana. Watts signed to the lead role in November, reportedly after Jennifer Connelly, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Beckinsale all passed on it. Filming started in November and was completed in just a few months.

By Lang Thompson
The Ring - The Ring - A Modern Ghost Story

The Ring - THE RING - A Modern Ghost Story

One of the biggest blockbusters of the past few years was the Japanese horror film The Ring (1998) which swept through theatres across the world, inspiring two sequels, a prequel and even a Korean remake. Most Americans haven't seen it, though, since The Ring was never released here. Instead we get our own remake which looks like it might beat the poor track record of Hollywood films based on foreign hits. The Ring is actually not about a Lord-of-the-Rings-type ring but rather a cursed videotape. When a reporter's niece dies she investigates and discovers something interesting about the tape: Anybody who watches dies seven days later. Admittedly, this might seem like a cheesy premise but then many of the best horror films don't sound much better in a synopsis: spend a night in a haunted house (The Haunting), build a companion for a monster (Bride of Frankenstein), the dead rise to attack the living (Night of the Living Dead). The difference is all in the execution. One of the highlights of The Ring will be seeing Naomi Watts in her first film since she gave one of the all-time great performances in David Lynch's Mulholland Drive. The director is Gore Verbinski (The Mexican) working from a script by Ehren Kruger who showed a knack for twists in Arlington Road and Reindeer Games. According to early reports, Kruger has changed enough of the story that fans of the original will still be surprised without losing any of the expected creepiness. Work on the remake started in April 2001 when Dreamworks outbid Disney for the rights. Filming was originally to be in Boston but after the World Trade Center attacks, the producers decided to shoot on the West Coast. Much of the location work was done in Washington state around Port Townsend, Monroe and Silvana. Watts signed to the lead role in November, reportedly after Jennifer Connelly, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Beckinsale all passed on it. Filming started in November and was completed in just a few months. By Lang Thompson

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Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall October 18, 2002

Released in United States on Video March 4, 2003

Remake of "The Ring/'Ringu" (Japan/1999) directed by Hideo Nakata.

Ehren Kruger was reportedly paid high six figures to adapt the original screenplay.

DreamWorks paid $1,000,000 for worldwide remake rights and distribution rights except in Japan.

Released in United States Fall October 18, 2002

Released in United States on Video March 4, 2003