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Dark Water (2002) Review


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Here's what the studio would like me to say: Dark Water does for bathtubs what The Ring did for VCRs.

Unfortunately, Psycho already took care of making bathtime not so much fun. Dark Water's attempts at creeping us out with half-assed frights and a pathetic story do little to alter that legacy.

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Ringu Tops Asian Horror Film Poll


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Cult Japanese film RINGU has topped a new poll to find the best Asian horror film ever made.

The 1998 Hideo Nakata chiller, which was remade for US audiences as THE RING in 2002, beat zombie video game adaptation Biohazard and torture shock movie AUDITION to claim the top spot in US magazine GIANT.

The top 10 films are:

1. RINGU (1998) 2. AUDITION (1999)

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Watts Glad To Skip Auditions


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Naomi Watts is eternally grateful to the surprise box office success of horror re-make The Ring, because her newfound star status means she can bypass the cut-throat Hollywood auditioning process.

Since the American adaptation of Japanese director Hideo Nakata's seminal work grossed a staggering $230 million (GBP121 million) worldwide, Watts has never looked back.

She has gone on to star in 21 GRAMS, I Heart Huckabees, THE RING 2 and has just wrapped up filming the King Kong re-make with OSCAR-winning director PETER JACKSON - and she didn't have to audition.

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Nakata Plans Rings Prequel


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The Ring Two director Hideo Nakata is planning a prequel to the hit horror movies after watching the sequel crash into the top of the American box office charts.

The sequel scorched the opposition, opening with an impressive $36 million (GBP18.9 million) at the weekend (20MAR05) and now Nakata, whose films inspired the first Ring film, is keen to remake a prequel he once created in his native Japan.

He says, "I directed a Ring prequel called RING ZERO. It's about how the little girl (in the film) was killed at age eight."

21/03/2005 21:45

The Ring Sequel Pushed Back


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The sequel to cult horror film The Ring has been pushed back dues to production delays.

The film was due to open this November (04) but has been pushed back due to the conflicting schedules of star Naomi Watts and director Hideo Nakata (corr).

The production was thrown into chaos when director NOAM MURRO dropped out of the project and Nakata took over.

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Spacek Returns To Horror


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CARRIE legend Sissy Spacek is returning to the horror genre - by taking a starring role in sequel The Ring 2.

OSCAR winner Spacek, 54, will join Australian actress Naomi Watts and LA CONFIDENTIAL star Simon Baker for the sequel to 2002's smash hit THE RING.

Filming on the production is due to begin in May (04) and the film is to be directed by Hideo Nakata, the mastermind behind the original 1998 Japanese film RINGU.

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The Ring Returns To It's Master


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Horror sequel The Ring 2 will be directed by the directed by the film-maker who made the original Japanese film.

Hideo Nakata's 1998 spine-chiller RINGU was remade by Hollywood in 2002, starring OSCAR nominee Naomi Watts in the lead role.

And following the huge success of the new version, Hindu has been recruited to helm the follow-up project following original choice NOAM MURRO's decision to abandon the film.

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