Ring Two (stylized as the ring twO) is a 2005 American
supernatural psychological horror film and a sequel to the 2002 film
The Ring, which was a remake of the 1998 Japanese film Ringu. Hideo
Nakata, director of the original Japanese film Ringu, on which the
American versions are based, directed this film in place of Gore
The film was shot in
Astoria, Oregon and Los Angeles, California. It
was released on March 18, 2005, and although it was met by generally
negative critical reception, it opened in the United States with a
strong US$35 million its first weekend, more than doubling the opening
weekend of The Ring. Its final $76 million domestic gross was less
than the original's $129 million, but it took $85 million
internationally, for a total gross of $161 million.
It is the second installment in The
Ring film series and is followed
by a sequel, Rings in 2017.
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One year after the events of the first film, Samara Morgan’s cursed
videotape has been circulating through teenagers in Astoria, Oregon.
Jake Pierce is on his seventh day as per the tape's rules, and asks
his friend Emily to watch the tape. He briefly steps into his kitchen
whilst Emily supposedly watches the tape. Jake receives a phone call
and initially thinks it is Samara but is relieved to realize it is
only his friend with whom he had planned to trick Emily into watching
the tape. Suddenly, Jake notices dark liquid pouring from under the
kitchen door and runs outside to the living room, only to discover
Emily closed her eyes while watching the tape. Jake is then promptly
murdered by Samara.
Rachel Keller and her son, Aidan, have moved to Astoria from Seattle
after sending the tape off into the ether. Rachel works at The Daily
Astorian for editor Max Rourke. Rachel learns of Jake's death,
inspecting his body, only for Samara to appear, declaring that she has
been looking for her. Rachel obtains the videotape and burns it. Aidan
experiences a nightmare where Samara drags him into a television. He
soon starts developing hypothermia and bruises on his arms. At a
county fair, Aidan wanders into a toilet and takes photographs of his
reflection, where Samara appears. Rachel takes him home but they are
attacked by wild deer on the way. Rachel realizes Aidan may be
possessed by Samara.
Max takes them in. While Rachel is attempting to give Aidan a bath, he
develops an irrational fear of water. Samara causes the water to
recede from the bath, replacing Aidan with herself, and terrorizing
Rachel so that she tries to drown Samara. Max enters, seeing her
drowning Aidan instead, and forces her to take her son to the
hospital. Based on Aidan’s bruises, psychiatrist Emma Temple
suspects child abuse on Rachel's part, who admits she had postpartum
depression, and she sends Rachel away. Looking for answers, Rachel
returns to the Morgan ranch on Moesko Island, finding evidence of
Samara’s biological mother Evelyn, who tried to drown her as an
infant. Rachel visits Evelyn in a psychiatric hospital, who advises
her to "listen to her baby".
In the hospital, Samara takes control of Aidan’s body and
telepathically forces Dr. Temple to commit suicide before returning to
Max's house. Max arrives, suspects foul play, and tries to secretly
take photos of Aidan. Rachel arrives, discovering an affectionate
Aidan waiting for her, but acting suspiciously out-of-character. She
steps out, finding Max's corpse in his pickup truck. Rachel falls
asleep, dreaming of Aidan, who tells her that she will have to
exorcise Samara. Upon awakening, Rachel drugs Samara with sleeping
pills and places her in the bath to temporarily drown Aidan in order
to exorcise her. Samara is removed but appears in the television.
Rachel allows herself to be dragged into Samara’s monochromatic
Finding herself in the bottom of the well Samara died in, Rachel
discovers the lid is partially open. She scales the well's walls,
pursued by Samara, but escapes by climbing out and pushing the lid
shut on Samara, locking her out of her's and Aidan's lives.
Wandering through the woods, she comes to the cliff where Samara's
adoptive mother Anna committed suicide. Hearing Aidan's voice, Rachel
falls off the cliff and falls into the water, returning to the real
world and reuniting with Aidan.
Naomi Watts as Rachel Keller
David Dorfman as Aidan Keller
Kelly Stables as Samara Morgan
Daveigh Chase as
Samara Morgan (archive footage)
Simon Baker as Max Rourke
Elizabeth Perkins as Dr. Emma Temple
Gary Cole as Martin Savide
Sissy Spacek as Evelyn
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Young Evelyn
Ryan Merriman as Jake Pierce
Emily VanCamp as Emily
Kelly Overton as Betsy
James Lesure as Doctor
Justin Allen as the uncredited voice of Eddie from the short film
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 20%, based on 184
reviews, with an average rating of 4.5/10. The site's critical
consensus states: "
Ring Two serves up horror cliches, and not even
Hideo Nakata, the director of the movies from which this one is based,
can save the movie from a dull screenplay full of absurdities."
Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score, gave the film a 44
out of 100 based on 37 reviews from critics. Roger Ebert, however,
considered it better than the first film, giving it 2½ stars and
writing "The charm of The
Ring Two, while limited, is real enough; it
is based on the film's ability to make absolutely no sense, while
nevertheless generating a real enough feeling of tension a good deal
of the time."
Audiences polled by
CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "C+"
on an A+ to F scale.
In the Unrated Edition
DVD release, a few extra scenes were included
that were not in the theatrical release. These scenes included
conversations with Rachel's new neighbor (and neighborhood gossip),
numerous additions in which Max shows a romantic interest in Rachel,
more scenes with Samara prior to her possession of Aidan (including
one in which she is shown to enter him in the restroom at the local
fair), and the short film Rings (2005) (which was also included on a
special edition of The
Ring released just before The
Ring Two arrived
in theaters). A scene in the theatrical cut in which Aidan first
encounters a deer while wandering the local fair (prior to the deer
attack) has also been removed from this version. Also, some musical
cues were changed such as when Samara leaps out of the well in the
opening scene. The opening scene was also longer. The scene when the
power went out was changed with a scene of the lights in Aidan's room
going on and off, as well as the oven downstairs catching fire.
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