Ringu (director Hideo Nakata in person!)

Co-presented by the USC School of Cinematic Arts

Before 1998, there’s a good chance that the rest of the world had no idea that Japanese horror films existed — but, once Hideo Nakata unleashed his wildly successful Ringu (aka The Ring) into the cultural bloodstream, the entire global horror realm was forever altered. Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: a group of high school students find an unmarked VHS tape in a creepy cabin. Once they fire it up, they see a low-fi jag of horror images wrapped in a curse: seven days after watching, you will die. It’s impossible to overstate the impact Ringu has had on modern horror of the last fifteen years; with a new ‘J-horror’ vocabulary (stringy-haired ghost chicks, crazy camera angles, creepy sound design), Japanese knockoffs, U.S. remakes and cheap foreign cash-ins were quick to proliferate, but it’s only when you see Ringu on the big screen, in a crowded theater with no easy exit, that its sheer power snakes around your neck and strangles you with its rancid fingers. This is one of the few films truly deserving of a “piss your pants” scary designation. You have been warned. All the way from Japan, Hideo Nakata will be here at the Cinefamily for a Q&A after the film!
Dir. Hideo Nakata, 1998, 35mm, 96 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Ringu”!