‘Rings’ Trailer: Samara Adapts to the Times

Rings trailer

Not to be outdone by the Blair Witch, Samara is also mounting a return this fall. Paramount has unveiled the first trailer for Rings, starring Matilda Lutz and Alex Roe as the latest victims of that eerie video from 2002’s The Ring. And if you’re wondering how Samara’s curse could possibly continue in an era where no one watches VHS tapes anymore, you may be pleased to see she’s made some technological upgrades. Watch the Rings trailer below.

UPDATE: We’ve added a Rings international trailer below which contains a bit of new footage.

The trailer seems to show off quite a lot of the movie. We follow Julia through her seven days, and then also see what happens when Samara finally realizes the potential of new technology. (Well, new-ish. Seat back screens are not exactly cutting-edge.) The premise has potential, but much of what we see in the trailer Rings look disappointingly generic. What made the first film so effective was the creeping dread, not a long series of familiar horror movie scares. Hopefully the movie itself has some more tricks up its sleeve.

But if nothing else, that video is still creepy as hell. And good on Samara for adapting to the times. Apparently someone went through the trouble of transferring that VHS tape to digital, because it looks like these days, victims pass the film along to each other via email. But if Samara’s plan is world domination, it really seems like making the video go viral on YouTube would be easy enough. No need to go through the trouble of hijacking the airplane’s in-flight entertainment system.

Rings arrives in theaters October 28Johnny GaleckiAimee Teegarden, and Bonnie Morgan also star.

A new chapter in the beloved RING horror franchise. A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a “movie within the movie” that no one has ever seen before…

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