Sadako is back to burst out of your screens, again
Rating: 1 star out of 5
The Story: High school teacher Akane learns from her students that there is actual footage on the Internet of someone's suicide. She investigates and learns that someone is trying to bring back the fearsome spirit Sadako.
The Stars: Satomi Ishihara, Koji Seto, Tsutomu Takahashi
The Buzz: A 3D sequel to the film that started the J-horror craze.
insing.com says: Poor Sadako. While the scene of her crawling out of the television in ‘The Ring’ has attained iconic status, much like the chest-burster scene in ‘Alien’, the girl can’t seem to get much respect.
She’s been depicted in several parodies, and was even recently depicted playing a baseball game, where she collapsed on the ground after one pitch.
Now, with the advent of 3D, Japanese director Tsutomu Hanabusa is trying to revive the franchise. Like him, the villain of the piece is a rock-start/artist who is trying to bring back Sadako. The spirit apparently has migrated from VHS tapes to the Internet, and there appears to be a scheme to make the villain’s video of Sadako bigger than that of that laughing baby YouTube video. Only a high school teacher has the ability to stop Sadako.
Too bad Hanabusa, rather than generating any new scares, just seems to rely on variations of the image of Sadako coming out of various screens in order to make use of 3D effects.
So the long haired lass gets to burst out of mobile phone screens, computer monitors and giant advertising panels on vans. There’s even a scene where she decides to emerge from numerous TVs in an electronics display at the same time.
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Beyond that, the story appears to take ideas from movies such as ‘Death Note’, ‘Exte: Hair Extensions’ and numerous other Japanese films. It has none of the creepiness and pathos of the original, and an extended show down with spider-like cousins of Sadako that look like they belong in the ‘Silent Hill’ franchise of games does little to prop up the film.
Hopefully, with this uninspiring instalment, everyone can now leave that poor girl alone.