History Literature / TheRing

19th Jan '16 1:14:54 AM Dimas28
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** In the novel ''Loop'', [[spoiler: Kaoru dies during his search for a vaccine to neutralize the Ring virus in the real world. However, the vaccine ''is'' found, and Kaoru manages to say one last message for his lover, Reiko: [[HeartwarmingMoments Happy]] [[TearJerker Birthday]].]]
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** In the novel ''Loop'', [[spoiler: Kaoru dies during his search for a vaccine to neutralize the Ring virus in the real world. However, the vaccine ''is'' found, and Kaoru manages to say one last message for his lover, Reiko: [[HeartwarmingMoments Happy]] [[TearJerker Birthday]].]]Happy Birthday.

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** * DeathByAdaptation: Sorta. In the novel ''Loop'', ''Ring 0: Birthday'', [[spoiler: Kaoru Toyama is one of the casualties of Sadako's rampage after she merges with her SuperpoweredEvilSide, and he dies during rather unceremoniously, too, if his search for a vaccine to neutralize the Ring virus screams are any indication.]] Meanwhile, in the real world. However, short story the vaccine ''is'' found, film is based on, ''Lemonheart'', [[spoiler: not only does Toyama is spared from being involved in all those horror, he gets to live a long and Kaoru manages to say one last message for meaningful life without Sadako. On his lover, Reiko: [[HeartwarmingMoments Happy]] [[TearJerker Birthday]].deathbed, he even welcomes Sadako, who comes to ease his passing.]]

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** In * GenderFlip: All adaptations of ''Ring'' are remembered for featuring female protagonists with a son to care about. The original protagonist in the novel ''Loop'', [[spoiler: Kaoru dies during his search for is actually a vaccine to neutralize the Ring virus in the real world. However, the vaccine ''is'' found, man: Kazuyuki Asakawa, and Kaoru manages he has a daughter to say one last message for his lover, Reiko: [[HeartwarmingMoments Happy]] [[TearJerker Birthday]].]]care about.

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** In * UsefulNotes/JapaneseDialects: A plot point in ''Ring''. When slowed down, the novel ''Loop'', [[spoiler: Kaoru dies during his search Towel Man can be heard speaking a Japanese sentence that sounds unintelligible to the protagonists at first, since it's from a dialect of Izu Oshima, the island that the Yamamura family hailed from and is part of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Izu_Islands Izu Islands]], whose form of Japanese are famous for a vaccine to neutralize preserving many features of Old Japanese (and thus more archaic) the Ring virus in more south you go, which is why the real world. However, English translation translate the vaccine ''is'' found, and Kaoru manages to say one last message for his lover, Reiko: [[HeartwarmingMoments Happy]] [[TearJerker Birthday]].sentence using YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: "frolic in brine, goblins be thine" ([[spoiler: It's foreshadowing the fact that Shizuko conceived Sadako with, erm, an entity from the sea).]]

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** In The hospital that Takanori works in in ''Sadako 3D 2'' is called the Asakawa General Hospital. Asakawa is the surname for the protagonist of ''Ring'', both novel ''Loop'', [[spoiler: Kaoru dies during his search for a vaccine to neutralize the Ring virus in the real world. However, the vaccine ''is'' found, and Kaoru manages to say one last message for his lover, Reiko: [[HeartwarmingMoments Happy]] [[TearJerker Birthday]].]]film.

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** In * TragicVillain: Sadako in ''Ring 0: Birthday''. Most of the novel ''Loop'', [[spoiler: Kaoru dies during his search for a vaccine tragedies are technically her fault, but she doesn't mean them to neutralize the Ring virus in the real world. However, the vaccine ''is'' found, happen. Yet everyone are understandably scared and Kaoru manages wants her to say one last message for his lover, Reiko: [[HeartwarmingMoments Happy]] be got rid off. [[TearJerker Birthday]].It's quite sad]]. ** Also Nagi in ''Sadako 3D 2'', [[spoiler: during the time when everyone thinks of her as the source of the curse.]] -->'''Nagi''': You'll kill me? You don't like me? Why's everyone scared of me? I want to see Mommy. I'm scared. I can see people's deaths. [[TearJerker Help me, Auntie, help me...]]

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** In the novel ''Loop'', [[spoiler: Kaoru dies during his search for a vaccine to neutralize the Ring virus * VillainProtagonist: Sadako is this in the real world. However, the vaccine ''is'' found, and Kaoru manages to say one last message for his lover, Reiko: [[HeartwarmingMoments Happy]] [[TearJerker Birthday]].]]''Ring 0: Birthday''.
17th Jan '16 9:13:55 PM Dimas28
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** Even in the original Japanese adaptations, some characters undergo name changes even without the whole GenderFlip thing. Akane Ayukawa from the ''Sadako 3D'' series, for instance, was originally named Akane Maruyama in the novels.

** [[spoiler: Samara, too, though to a much lesser extent. Rachel theorizes that Samara survived for seven days inside the well before dying, which was why she gave those cursed by the videotape seven days to live. It's much more plausible for her to survive that long as opposed to 30 years, but she still could no shit once trapped there. And she's just a little girl.]]

* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Sadako and Ryuji are resurrected in ''Spiral''.]]
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* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Sadako Sadako, Ryuji, and Ryuji Ando's son Takanori are all resurrected in ''Spiral''.]]

* BackFromTheDead: ** In ''Sadako 3D 2'', [[spoiler: Kakiuchi commits suicide after killing Akane. Sure, it's may be because he's an AxCrazy by this point, but it's not hard to think that he just want to die in his own terms, rather than have Nagi and/or Sadako and Ryuji are resurrected in ''Spiral''.do the job.]]

* BigNo: Rachel, when she discovers Aiden watching the tape.
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** Akane in ''Sadako 3D''. Too kind for her own good, she even treats her students more as acquaintances. But you threaten her students, friends, or boyfriend, Takanori, she ''will'' make sure you pay for it with her [[spoiler: super-sonic screams.]] * BigNo: Rachel, when she discovers Aiden Aidan watching the tape.tape. ** In ''Sadako 3D 2'', Takanori does this after [[spoiler: Kakiuchi kills Akane.]]

* BigNo: Rachel, ** Akane, too, in ''Sadako 3D'', though it crosses a bit with CursedWithAwesome, since [[spoiler: her supersonic screams were the one that killed the lunatic who threatened her and her friends back when she discovers Aiden watching was young, and they also destroyed all of those Sadako clones at the tape.end.]] But it still fits, since it ostracized her, and ultimately, [[spoiler: the reason why Sadako wants her to be her host.]]

* BigNo: Rachel, ** Poor Nagi gets most people to ostracize and kill her, especially when it's revealed that [[spoiler: she's not the source of the new curse (which makes Takanori's abandonment all the more jerkass).]] Her aunt, Fuko, too, as she discovers Aiden watching still has to relieve the tape.sight of her mother's suicide. Luckily, both of them get better.

* BigNo: Rachel, when she discovers Aiden watching ** Likely to update with the tape.modern era, ''Sadako 3D'' and ''Sadako 3D 2'' both feature a new medium to transmit the curse: web video. And unlike the video tape, [[ParanoiaFuel it's randomly generated]].

* BigNo: Rachel, when she discovers Aiden watching ** Both ''Sadako 3D'' and ''Sadako 3D 2'', despite being billed as official sequels of the tape.series, seem to be set in a world unique of its own. The only connections to the previous films are that one of the supporting characters is named Takanori Ando (Ando's son in ''Rasen'' [[spoiler: who got resurrected]], which as mentioned above, got discounted from the series canon, so it doesn't count) and it's explicitly stated to have happened 13 years after the tape first claimed its victims (which was the events of ''Ring''). Of course it isn't confirmed, but people can watch them independently without having prior knowledge of the previous films. This is unlike the book they are based on, ''S'', which ''is'' a proper sequel full of connections and references to the previous novels.

* CreepyChild: The young Sadako, and Samara and Aiden in the American remake.
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* CreepyChild: The young Sadako, and Samara and Aiden Aidan in the American remake.

* CreepyChild: The young Sadako, and Samara and Aiden ** Nagi in ''Sadako 3D 2'', even when it's revealed that [[spoiler: she's not the American remake.cause of the curse.]]

* CreepyChild: The young Sadako, and Samara and Aiden in ** In the American remake.''Sadako 3D'' series, the curse takes a twist from cursing the people to die within seven days, to having a sudden urge to kill themselves.

* EnfanteTerrible: Sadako and Samara, naturally.
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* EnfanteTerrible: In the US remake, Samara. Most people would think that Sadako in the original Japanese versions is this, but she's actually an adult ([[NoExceptYes though she did kill a person when she was a girl]]) ** Yoichi and Aidan become this in the period when they're influenced by Sadako and Samara, naturally.respectively. Otherwise, they're fairly adorable (if [[CreepyChild creepy]]) children. ** Nagi...[[spoiler: isn't.]]

* HeyYou: In the US version, Aiden only ever calls Rachel by her first name. This becomes a plot point in the sequel.
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* HeyYou: In the US version, Aiden Aidan only ever calls Rachel by her first name. This becomes a plot point in the sequel.

* HeyYou: In LightIsNotGood: Sadako and Samara both wear all-white, and, in human form, they look quite lovely (Sadako, in particular, especially in ''[[http://static.kinokopilka.tv/system/images/screenshots/images/000/040/574/40574_original.jpg Ring 0: Birthday]]'' and ''[[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yYu06ndMFlE/UDudWU937PI/AAAAAAAAFAg/jX717nwNySo/s640/Sadako+Ai+Hashimoto.jpg Sadako 3D]]''). Doesn't stop them from being murderous. At all. ** A male example would be Seiji Kashiwada. Like the US version, Aiden only ever calls Rachel by her first name. This becomes a plot point in above two, he also wears all-white, is [[http://www.tokyohive.com/upload/2012/01/20120127_sadako3d_yamamoto.jpg easy on the sequel.eyes]], and is also an AffablyEvil. What does he do? Producing a cursed video that kills people. Plus murdering young women so they could become Sadako's clones. Seems like the film adaptations uphold the EvilIsSexy rule.

* HeyYou: In the US version, Aiden ** Fuko to Nagi too in ''Sadako 3D 2'', and she's only ever calls Rachel by her first name. This becomes aunt. ** Mai steps up as one for Yoichi in ''Ring 2'', and unlike the above, [[ParentalSubstitute she's not even his relative]]. * ManInWhite: The Towel Man. Featuring white shirt ''and'' white towel. ** [[LightIsNotGood Seiji Kashiwada]] in ''Sadako 3D'' is a plot point straighter example. He switches to wearing [[EvilWearsBlack black]] in the sequel.

* ParentalAbandonment: Sadako's mother threw herself into a volcano after a public manifestation of Sadako's powers. Samara's mother threw herself off a cliff some indeterminate time after killing Samara. In the Japanese movie, [[spoiler:Asakawa decides that the best way to save her son is to show the Cursed Video to her own, willing father, and then [[SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome she dies in the sequel]] so her son carries on for her (novel-version Asakawa chooses his wife's parents instead, but [[SenselessSacrifice they all die in a crash anyway]].)]]
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* ParentalAbandonment: Sadako's mother threw herself into a volcano after a public manifestation of Sadako's powers. Samara's mother threw herself off a cliff some indeterminate time after killing Samara. In the Japanese movie, [[spoiler:Asakawa decides that the best way to save her son is to show the Cursed Video to her own, willing father, and then [[SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome she dies in the sequel]] so her son carries on for her (novel-version Asakawa chooses his wife's parents instead, but [[SenselessSacrifice they all die in a crash anyway]].)]])]] Poor Nagi also has both of her parents not there for her (her mother, Akane [[spoiler: is comatose while fighting Sadako from the inside and later dies]], while her father, Takanori, is just too in grief to take care of her). Luckily, she still has her aunt, Fuko, who practically takes both roles. Fuko and Takanori themselves also suffer this, since their mother committed suicide, while their father isn't mentioned at all. * ParentalSubstitute: [[spoiler: Mai becomes this for Yoichi after Reiko dies.]]

* PromotionToParent: [[spoiler: Mai becomes this for Yoichi after Reiko dies.]] * PsychicNosebleed: Happens in the remake to both Rachel and Aiden.
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* PromotionToParent: [[spoiler: Mai becomes this for Yoichi after Reiko dies.]] * PsychicNosebleed: Happens in the remake to both Rachel and Aiden.Aidan.

* PromotionToParent: TheStinger: ''Sadako 3D 2'' features one, right before the credits roll. [[spoiler: Mai becomes this for Yoichi after Reiko dies.]] * PsychicNosebleed: Happens in the remake to both Rachel and Aiden.Sadako's child is ''not'' Nagi.]]

* TrilogyCreep: The publication of ''Birthday'' apparently marked the end of the series, and, due to the nature of the novel (it's a supplementary anthology), that meant the true ending of the series was ''Loop'', which perfectly made a trilogy with ''Ring'' and ''Spiral'' and in fact also closed all current plot threads ([[spoiler: The vaccine for the Ring virus is finally found in ''Loop'']]). And suddenly, out of the blue, the novel ''S'' was released in 2012. No, not the film ''Sadako 3D'' (whose release date was in fact set to coincide with the former), ''S''. And it's not a standalone novel either, since it focuses on a minor character from ''Spiral'' [[spoiler: [[BackFromTheDead who was dead once but returned back]].]] And it's followed by another sequel, ''Tide'', which was released in 2013. Naturally, the two novels are less well-known that its film adaptations due to the fact that it's easier to provide subtitles to films rather than translating entire novels, and most people would be forgiven for thinking that ''Sadako 3D'' and ''Sadako 3D 2'' are original concepts made-for-cinema. * UnderstandingBoyfriend: Toyama to Sadako. * UnnaturallyBlueLighting: The US version is filmed with a blue tint. ''The Ring Two'' avoids this, however.
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* TrilogyCreep: The publication of ''Birthday'' apparently marked the end of the series, and, due to the nature of the novel (it's a supplementary anthology), that meant the true ending of the series was ''Loop'', which perfectly made a trilogy with ''Ring'' and ''Spiral'' and in fact also closed all current plot threads ([[spoiler: The vaccine for the Ring virus is finally found in ''Loop'']]). And suddenly, out of the blue, the novel ''S'' was released in 2012. No, not the film ''Sadako 3D'' (whose release date was in fact set to coincide with the former), ''S''. And it's not a standalone novel either, since it focuses on a minor character from ''Spiral'' [[spoiler: [[BackFromTheDead who was dead once but returned back]].]] And it's followed by another sequel, ''Tide'', which was released in 2013. Naturally, the two novels are less well-known that than its film adaptations due to the fact that it's easier to provide subtitles to films rather than translating entire novels, and most people would be forgiven for thinking that ''Sadako 3D'' and ''Sadako 3D 2'' are original concepts made-for-cinema. * UnderstandingBoyfriend: Toyama to Sadako. Sadako. Also Takanori to Akane. * UnnaturallyBlueLighting: The US version is filmed with a blue tint. ''The Ring Two'' avoids this, however. It's used again, this time by the Japanese series, in ''Sadako 3D'' and ''Sadako 3D 2''.

* TrilogyCreep: The publication of ''Birthday'' apparently marked the end VaguenessIsComing: One of the series, and, due to the nature opening scenes of the novel (it's a supplementary anthology), that meant the true ending of the series was ''Loop'', which perfectly made a trilogy with ''Ring'' and ''Spiral'' and in fact also closed all current plot threads ([[spoiler: The vaccine for the Ring virus is finally found in ''Loop'']]). And suddenly, out of the blue, the novel ''S'' was released in 2012. No, not the film ''Sadako 3D'' (whose release date was in fact set to coincide with the former), ''S''. And it's not a standalone novel either, since it focuses on a minor character from ''Spiral'' [[spoiler: [[BackFromTheDead who was dead once but returned back]].]] And it's followed by another sequel, ''Tide'', which was released in 2013. Naturally, the two novels are less well-known that its film adaptations due to the fact that it's easier to provide subtitles to films rather than translating entire novels, and most people would be forgiven for thinking that ''Sadako 3D'' and ''Sadako 3D 2'' are original concepts made-for-cinema. * UnderstandingBoyfriend: Toyama to Sadako. * UnnaturallyBlueLighting: features a WomanInWhite saying "The girl is born". The US version audience is filmed with a blue tint. ''The Ring Two'' avoids this, however.led to believe she meant Nagi, since the scene immediately preceding this is Akane giving birth to Nagi. [[spoiler: It isn't.]]

* WomanInWhite: Sadako, Samara and Evelyn.
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* WomanInWhite: Sadako, Samara and Evelyn. Also the enigmatic woman in the opening and ending of ''Sadako 3D 2''.
16th Jan '16 6:55:37 AM Dimas28
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* ''S'', on which Sadako 3D is based
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* ''S'', on which Sadako 3D and its sequel, Sadako 3D 2, is based * ''Tide''

* ''S'', on which BittersweetEnding: Most of the stories in the series generally follow this principle. Examples from the Japanese films: ** In ''Ring'', [[spoiler: despite thinking that they have freed Sadako from the well, Ryuji is still killed by the curse, since the only way to stop the curse is to copy it and show it someone else. To save her son, Reiko proceeds to make Yoichi copy the tape and show it to her father, dooming him in the process.]] This ending is taken shot-by-shot from the novel, and the US remake ''The Ring'' also follows this. ** In ''Rasen'', [[spoiler: Mai is killed, while Ando is forced to cooperate with Sadako and Ryuji in spreading the curse under the threat that Sadako will activate the dormant ring virus inside him should he refuses. In return, Ando's son, Takanori, whom he grieves to the point of almost committing suicide, is resurrected. This is quite depressing for the universe, but at least Ando's objective is fulfilled.]] Taken from the novel. ** In ''Ring 2'', [[spoiler: the curse has not yet stopped and Reiko is killed in the most DroppedABridgeOnHim way possible, but at least Yoichi has found a new mother figure in Mai. Oh, and Okazaki also becomes insane by Kanae's hauntings, but well, his karma for being a coward.]] ** In ''Sadako 3D'', [[spoiler: many people are killed, but Akane manages to both save Takanori from Sadako and expel Sadako's influence on her, so this may classify as a happy ending for some.]] ** In ''Sadako 3D 2'', [[spoiler: [[SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome Akane is based killed in front of her daughter, Nagi]], but the latter has found a new mother figure in her aunt, Fuko, who has practically raised her from birth, anyway. Kashiwada is killed too. TheStinger, though, implies that this peace may not last long...]] ** In the novel ''Loop'', [[spoiler: Kaoru dies during his search for a vaccine to neutralize the Ring virus in the real world. However, the vaccine ''is'' found, and Kaoru manages to say one last message for his lover, Reiko: [[HeartwarmingMoments Happy]] [[TearJerker Birthday]].]]

** Ayane's boyfriend is called Takanori Ando; a name shared with the son of Mitsuo Ando's son in ''Spiral''.
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** Ayane's Akane's boyfriend is called Takanori Ando; a name shared with the son of Mitsuo Ando's son in ''Spiral''.''Spiral''. This is actually a remnant from the novel the film is based on, ''S'', which is a sequel to ''Spiral'', as in that novel, Takanori is ''literally'' Ando's son all grown up (''S'' is set 25 years after ''Spiral'', where Takanori was 3, so he's 28 here.)

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** Ayane's boyfriend The switch to science fiction has actually been done since ''Spiral'', as while Sadako is called Takanori Ando; a name shared with still the son BigBad, the novel explains that the curse is cancer that has two forms instead of Mitsuo Ando's son the eldritch curse typical of a psychological horror fiction. The shift is more noticeable in ''Spiral''.the film adaptations; you'd be shocked that both ''Ring'' and ''Rasen'' films are part of the same franchise, considering their wildly different tone (thriller in the former and medical drama in the latter). Even if they weren't released on the same date, some people might be repulsed just by reading ''Rasen'''s synopsis, had they watched the more-conventional ''Ring'' first.

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** Ayane's boyfriend * TrilogyCreep: The publication of ''Birthday'' apparently marked the end of the series, and, due to the nature of the novel (it's a supplementary anthology), that meant the true ending of the series was ''Loop'', which perfectly made a trilogy with ''Ring'' and ''Spiral'' and in fact also closed all current plot threads ([[spoiler: The vaccine for the Ring virus is called Takanori Ando; a name shared finally found in ''Loop'']]). And suddenly, out of the blue, the novel ''S'' was released in 2012. No, not the film ''Sadako 3D'' (whose release date was in fact set to coincide with the son of Mitsuo Ando's son former), ''S''. And it's not a standalone novel either, since it focuses on a minor character from ''Spiral'' [[spoiler: [[BackFromTheDead who was dead once but returned back]].]] And it's followed by another sequel, ''Tide'', which was released in ''Spiral''.2013. Naturally, the two novels are less well-known that its film adaptations due to the fact that it's easier to provide subtitles to films rather than translating entire novels, and most people would be forgiven for thinking that ''Sadako 3D'' and ''Sadako 3D 2'' are original concepts made-for-cinema.
15th Jan '16 9:57:42 PM Dimas28
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* ''Sadako vs. Kayako'' (a crossover with ''Film/{{Juon}}'', to be released in 2016)
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* CallingParentsByTheirName: Rachel Keller's son Aidan calls her Rachel. He's the product of a broken home (Rachel and her boyfriend broke up after having him), and things get stranger when he starts getting mental images from a ghost.
28th Nov '15 10:58:54 PM nombretomado
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* ''The Ring: Terror's Realm'' - A SurvivalHorror game for the SegaDreamcast
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6th Nov '15 8:15:35 PM nombretomado
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*** When she looks at the building in front of hers, there's a guy on a wheelchair with a cast on his leg (RearWindow)
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*** When she looks at the building in front of hers, there's a guy on a wheelchair with a cast on his leg (RearWindow)(''Film/RearWindow'')
24th Aug '15 7:43:33 PM Sabrewing
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* TheIllegible: One of the menu items in ''Terror's Realm'' reads "Baked Jelly", but between that being such an odd thing to advertise and the low resolution of the texture involved, it can be very difficult to decipher, as WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment proved.

* PlatonicCave: [[spoiler:''Terror's Realm''. What Meg perceives as the [RING] program is actually the real world; the mundane world with no monsters is humanity-wide projection brought on by Sadako.]]
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* PlatonicCave: [[spoiler:''Terror's Realm''. What Meg perceives as the [RING] program is actually the real world; the mundane world with no monsters is a humanity-wide projection brought on by Sadako.]]
12th Aug '15 5:23:13 AM TastySauce
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The novel may have been inspired by two [[Creator/MontagueRhodesJames M.R. James]] ghost stories, notably 'The Mezzotint' and another one, 'Martin's Close', about a murdered girl in a lake who returns to wreak vengeance from beyond the grave. Physical appearance of the baleful spirit closely resembles an [[StringyHairedGhostGirl onryo]], a traditional Japanese type of ghost on which Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} has more [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onry%C5%8D here]]. Also, some books on psychic phenomena mention a Japanese woman (first name Shizuko) who performed 'spirit photography' on stage in the early 20th century. The novel has been adapted to film three times in Japan, America, and Korea (In all three film adaptations the main character is changed from a man to a woman) with varying levels of success. The Korean film is the closest to the book. There was also a TV series, a radio drama, and two video games.
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The novel may have been inspired by two [[Creator/MontagueRhodesJames M.R. James]] ghost stories, notably 'The Mezzotint' ''The Mezzotint'' and another one, 'Martin's Close', ''Martin's Closen'', about a murdered girl in a lake who returns to wreak vengeance from beyond the grave. Physical appearance of the baleful spirit closely resembles an [[StringyHairedGhostGirl onryo]], a traditional Japanese type of ghost on which Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} has more [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onry%C5%8D here]]. Also, some books on psychic phenomena mention a Japanese woman (first name Shizuko) who performed 'spirit photography' "spirit photography" on stage in the early 20th century. The novel has been adapted to film three times in Japan, America, and Korea (In (in all three film adaptations the main character is changed from a man to a woman) with varying levels of success. The Korean film is the closest to the book. There was also a TV series, a radio drama, and two video games.
1st Aug '15 8:16:02 AM AlphaHandingGems
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* AnAesop: In the first US movie, "Don't mess with nature" can be one, as Samara's origin is unnatural. There's also this quote from a deleted scene: --->'''Fisherman:''' They came back with a little bundle, said a doctor helped 'em overseas. I suppose you mess with the natural way, you get what's coming to you.

* ArcSymbol: The ring symbol appears everywhere in the first American movie.

* RuleOfSeven: Seven days.

* {{Symbolism}}: The cursed videotape is full of symbols. There's also the ring in the first US remake.

* VisualPun: The iron nails on the cursed videotape of the US remake symbolize [[spoiler: Samara's loss of her fingernails when she tried to climb out of the well she died in]].
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* VisualPun: VisualPun: ** The iron nails on the cursed videotape of the US remake symbolize [[spoiler: Samara's loss of her fingernails when she tried to climb out of the well she died in]].in]]. ** Several objects, such as chairs and ladder, on the cursed video are isolated in the US version. This may symbolize Samara's isolation in the hospital and the barn.
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