Rings trailer brings Samara and her video back into our world

The first trailer for Rings is here with static, body horror and an unlucky plane

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We’ve been waiting a long time to see anything from F. Javier Gutiérrez’s Rings, the third American film based on Hideo Nakata’s bone-chilling Japanese horror movie Ring, and now, at last, the trailer is finally here.

“Julia becomes worried about her boyfriend, Holt, when he explores the dark urban legend of a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after viewing. 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.”

The film stars Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Alex Roe, Lizzie Brocheré, Aimee Teegarden, Johnny Galecki, Zach Roerig, Bonnie Morgan and Vincent D’Onofrio, and is written by Jacob Aaron Estes, Akiva Goldsman and David Loucka.

This is the first that we’ve seen of Samara and her uncanny ability to emerge through televisions since 2005, when Nakata directed the sequel to Gore Verbinski’s The Ring remake. Although we’d argue that 2003’s The Ring is actually one of the better horror remakes, and certainly one of the high points of the 00s’ “Let’s remake every Asian horror we can!” phase, that sequel was pretty woeful (remember the CGI deer?) and we’re going to need some convincing when it comes to whether or not it’s time to bring the character back.

Still, there are a couple of nice creepy moments in the trailer and you can’t go wrong with Vincent D’Onofrio dishing out exposition.

Meanwhile, if you’re feeling the need for a more immediate “SEVEN DAYS!” fix, you can watch Sadako Vs Kayako at Horror Channel FrightFest on Saturday.

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