The Good, the Bad, the Weird is a new series that explores individuals, genres, and themes within cult cinema with a focus on choosing the best, the worst, and the odd ball within that context. It’s a great place for discussion or analysis on how films fit within a series or filmography along with a way us to further discover our own tastes and preferences.
For our first The Good, The Bad, The Weird piece, we invited Derrick Carter over from For the Love of Celluloid to celebrate in our J-Horror June month. Together, we came up with our choices for the article based on the slew of J-Horror remakes that graced the cinemas in the 00s. If you get a chance, check out some of Derrick's other work at For the Love of Celluloid (LINK HERE) and let us know what you think are the best, the worst, and the weirdest J-Horror remakes that exist.
THE RING (2002): It’s hard to argue with Derrick on this one because The Ring is, quite frankly, the best J-Horror remake that littered the cinematic plains of the 00s. While we may disagree with how we essentially feel about Ringu’s quality, The Ring does most certainly give the film a run for its money with its seeping atmosphere, logistical script shifts to make the film feel at home in its new setting, and wonderfully executed scares. It’s sad that none of its sequels – or any sequel/reboot/off shoot of any of the Ring franchises would ever match the original Japanese one and this remake. Even when the film falters a bit, the kid in the film still remains a sore spot for me as a fan, it’s easily the best that Hollywood could accomplish with what they were given. --Matt
Written By Derrick Carter and Matt Reifschneider