Horror movies you won’t want to watch alone: 11. The Ring
Take a Japanese horror film featuring an urban legend, add in Naomi Watts and you have a horror movie that ended up being a lot scarier than we expected.
You may not think that an urban legend about a videotape foretelling your death would be terrifying, but the storytelling is so well done that you truly believe that the cursed tape is real and dangerous. Nightmarish images and a creepy girl on your screen determined to get to you and kill you within seven days? Yeah, this is the stuff of nightmares.
Maybe it is the fact that I grew up in the time of video stores and rentals, or that I actually worked at Blockbuster Video when this movie was released, but The Ring is the kind of horror movie that has stuck with me. Prophetic killings aside, it is the well-developed storyline that drew me in and then to realize that everything from suicide to murder is all part of the cause and effect of trauma and a dark family history seals the deal when it comes to this being a brilliant horror movie.
And as someone who used to watch movies on videotape, this was a terrifying watch. Especially once you realize what needs to happen for a person to survive watching the haunted/cursed tape.
The Ring is a brilliant horror movie, but it is definitely not one to watch all alone, especially if you have a healthy fear of urban legends.