It's been 15 years since Naomi Watts watched that cursed VHS tape and Samara crawled out of a television (spoiler), making The Ring the most terrifying film of its generation and inspiring countless other Japanese horror remakes. But that was just before the advent of smartphones and viral videos, meaning Samara's killing tactics have since evolved and only gotten more lethal.
The terrifying new Rings trailer, which can be seen above, brings Samara's wrath into the digital age. While the trailer shows that "the tape" has since become a viral video passed along by email rather than by hand, the official film synopsis from Paramount hints there is more to the story:
"A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a 'movie within the movie' that no one has ever seen before…"
There are no further clues as to what the "movie within the movie" could be, so we will have to wait. Still, we are excited to see how the film will update the formula and even, as the synopsis suggests, explore online subcultures. What's more, one of the film's stars, Aimee Teegarden, told us in a recent interview that the make-up department did some truly exceptional work making Samara look just as terrifying as she did 15 years ago.
Prepare for Samara to crawl out of screens yet again on February 3 when Rings has its theatrical debut.