Added my notes on Ringu (1998) and The Ring (2002) over at Alex on Film. It’s interesting, maybe even a bit ironic, that a novel about an unpleasantly viral technology — a haunted videotape that has to be reproduced for its curse to be lifted — has gone on to spawn a franchise. The ring ever widens. As for which version I recommend, it depends on what you like (or don’t like). The original is a better film, but if you can’t stand subtitles or want to see Hollywood production values then Verbinski’s isn’t a bad alternative.