Friday, February 28

Special Engagements Archive




1998 • dir Hideo Nakata w/Nanako Matsushima, Rikiya Ôtaka, Rie Ino’o • 96 min • DCP

Television journalist Reiko investigates an urban legend about a cursed VHS tape that murders the viewer seven days after they watch it. As the mystery hits closer to home, Reiko joins forces with ex-husband/current-exorcist Takashi to destroy the curse. And (hopefully) survive an encounter with a ghost named Sadako. Directed by Hideo Nakata, RINGU is the highest grossing Japanese horror movie in history that STILL manages to shred our nerves with its quiet, phantasmic elegance. This is the only VHS fetish movie in history to inspire an entire subgenre, as well as dozens of remakes and rip-offs. Criminally absent from theaters since its original theatrical release in 1998, the time is now for RINGU to terrify the world again. – American Genre Film Archive

New restoration courtesy of Arrow Films and the American Genre Film Archive

“The subtle dread will keep you up at night in a cold, clammy sweat.”
– Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“The finale, too, still feels as twisted, bizarre and down-right nightmarish as it did all those years ago.”
– David Jenkins, Time Out

“Ringu has a minimalist intensity that can stop the heart with a simple flash-cut or a well-timed fillip in the musical score.”
– Scott Tobias, AV Club

Ticket Information:

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Friday 2/28
at 9:30 PM
Saturday 2/29
at 10:00 PM
Sunday 3/1
at 1:30, 9:30 PM

Brattle passes accepted. Special, Usher, and Producer members may reserve seats in advance [instructions]. Regular & Dual Members may redeem passes at the box office pending availability.