Ring Two, The (2005, USA) C-109m. ** D: Hideo Nakata. Starring Naomi Watts, Simon Baker, David Dorfman, Elizabeth Perkins, Gary Cole, Sissy Spacek. Sequel to the American horror remake THE RING (2002) features the original RINGU (1998) director, but is unimaginative and unrelenting. Watts and her son have moved to a new community, but they cannot escape the curse of the little girl. Watts' son is especially haunted by the spirit, develops hypothermia and threatens to die. Can his mother finally put an end to the curse? Plot provides no better excuse for a return of its villain than it would for Freddy Kruger or Jason Vorhees. What's more, it puts a child in constant torment. Unrated version runs longer.

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