Review of Ringu (1998)

Moving picture, 96 minutes

It reads like a non-Christian tribute to M. R. James, perhaps especially the well in “A School Story” (1911), but more generally to the style of James’s maddening direct confrontations with the supernatural, in which the human observer sometimes freezes in fright. See for example “‘Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad’” (1904) or “The Uncommon Prayer-Book” (1925).

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