Rings Parent Guide
This plodding story comes with lots of predictable dialogue, but not enough script to keep the tension sustained.
Parent Movie Review
Is there still an aging VHS player tucked away in your basement or garage? Well you best beware that thing is a death sentence if you happen to put the wrong tape inside.
It’s been over a decade since anyone has seen the fuzzy video that sparks a curse on the viewer. This time the unwary victim is a Seattle biology professor who picks up the retro video player at a garage sale. And guess what’s inside? The infamous VHS tape with the strange black and white video that looks like it was filmed with a Fisher Price video camera. Of course, Gabriel (Johnny Galecki) doesn’t know that watching the montage of insects, floods and a little girl climbing out of a well will cause a death wish to come upon him. But as soon as the movie finishes, his phone rings and the strange voice announces he has only seven days left to live.
How can Gabriel possibly avoid his demise? The only way is to make a copy of the tape and show it to some other unsuspecting victim. Being a college instructor he has an entire classroom of “Guinea Pigs” to experiment with, and Holt (Alex Roe) is one of a few that gets infected. When Skye (Aimee Teegarden), Holt’s hometown girlfriend, can’t get him to answer her many chat requests, she decides to leave Spokane and head to the school and see what’s happened. Of course, she will get pulled into the “ring” herself. But instead of being a helpless captive she determines to discover what is behind the deadly circle.
Full of disturbing images and “jump” moments, this renewed attempt at turning TV static into a horrifying event seems far less frightening than when it was an original idea. Still, for young newcomers to this franchise, there may be enough scare factor to still solicit an occasional scream. Parents should be aware this movie contains many ghoulish images of decomposing bodies, skeletons, insects and other injured animals. A couple of characters die on screen, including one who is electrocuted (a method of death found in earlier “Ring” movies) and a physical confrontation takes place in a darkened home that sees characters beaten and physically assaulted. As well, there is a plot element involving sexual abuse at the hand of a religious leader.
Although the plodding story comes with lots of predictable dialogue, it doesn’t seem to have enough script to keep the tension sustained. A “dead ringer” (in the literal sense), it falls short of offering anything of value (either monetary or ethical) to families.Directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez. Starring Aimee Teegarden, Johnny Galecki, Laura Wiggins. Running time: 102 minutes. Theatrical release February 3, 2017. Updated July 17, 2017
Rating & Content Info
Why is Rings rated PG-13? Rings is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for violence/terror, thematic elements, some sexuality and brief drug material.
Violence: Characters are in peril throughout this movie from metaphysical and human foes. A female character is stalked and beaten by a male – she strikes back in defense. A character dies from electrocution and another is killed by supernatural forces. Many gory and grotesque images are seen, including depictions of corpses, skeletons and dead animals. Infrequent blood effects are seen, although a mysterious dark liquid that looks like blood often appears at dire moments.
Sexual Content: A plot element discusses a woman held by a religious authority figure—a child results from the forced relationship.While an unmarried male/female couple are video chatting, she offers to remove some clothing: they are interrupted as she is unbuttoning her top. An unmarried couple, in their underwear, are briefly seen in bed together.
Profanity: A term of Christian deity and a mild vulgar expression are heard.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Brief substance use is seen.
Page last updated July 17, 2017
More parents' guide for Rings after the break...
Rings Parents' Guide
Both men and women are preyed upon in horror movies, but stereotypically the types of victims they play are not the same. What differences have you noticed between genders in these movies.
This series of films uses an old videotape to instill fear. If you made a horror movie what things would you to frighten the audience?
The most recent home video release of Rings movie is May 2, 2017. Here are some details…
Home Video Notes: Rings
Release Date: 2 May 2017
Rings releases to home video (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy) with the following bonus features:
- Terror Comes Full Circle - Featurette
- Resurrecting the Dead: Bringing Samara Back - Featurette
- Scary Scenes
- Deleted/Extended/Alternate Scenes