In 1998, a little Japanese horror movie named Ringu was released and it changed the face of horror cinema forever. In The Ring Japan, even the very landscape feels sinister, almost like it’s actively reaching out for you and shoving the cursed VHS in your face. And while the film is a tightly wound masterpiece of surreal horror filmmaking, Ringu behind the scenes was a true nightmare. Not only did the film take forever to make, but the company that put the film into production had a harebrained scheme they thought would make all the money – and it almost tanked one of the greatest Japanese horror films of all time. To find out about their brilliant plan, and even more Ringu trivia, keep reading and make sure you don’t answer your phone.
While The Ring remake managed to capture the eerie feeling of death slowly approaching via cursed video format, it lost something in translation. The visuals of Ringu are so heavily steeped in Japanese culture that it’s impossible to understand all of the subtleties if you didn’t grow up with the myths and folklore of the country being pounded into your head. Aside from the visual storytelling on display in Ringu, the film draws heavily from Japanese theater and dance styles to create a horror film that’s more about the pervasive feeling of dread than the jump-scare-a-minute films that were being released at the same time. Keep reading to find out even more interesting facts about Ringu.