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What are the most influential films of all time?
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PostPosted: 09.30.2005 1:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Ringu's opening scene, with the two teenagers discussing scary stories that are going around is actually a friendly nod to American slasher movies, which frequently include a similar scene.




That may be true to an extent, but I suspect that scene was a way to adapt the opening of Suzuki's novel for film, which involves only Tomoko alone in her room as she reflects to herself on the cursed video tape as the hour of doom creeps nearer.



On the other hand, a movie like Evil Dead Trap borrows a whole lot from Argento in particular, but also employs some flourishes from Carpenter and Raimi.
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PostPosted: 10.04.2005 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the night watchman wrote:
That may be true to an extent, but I suspect that scene was a way to adapt the opening of Suzuki's novel for film, which involves only Tomoko alone in her room as she reflects to herself on the cursed video tape as the hour of doom creeps nearer.




I can't find the source right now, but I believe Nakata has confirmed that he gave a nod to US teen horror in that scene. Mind you, having seen the lame opening scene from Ring Virus, which is largely true to Suzuki's novel, I have no doubt that you're also right there.



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On the other hand, a movie like Evil Dead Trap borrows a whole lot from Argento in particular, but also employs some flourishes from Carpenter and Raimi.




Bizarrely enough Ikeda has never seen an Argento film. All the influences in that are came through Takashi Ishii, the scriptwriter, and the composer, neither of whom was on set during the shoot. Given the circumstances I think it's astonishing the film ended up quite the way it did.



Perhaps the only interesting thing about Ikeda's recent film Shadow of the Wraith is that he revisits his faux-argento stylings, especially in relation to colour, framing and shot composition. The composer is the same guy as well, once again channelling Goblin. Wink
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PostPosted: 10.04.2005 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jim Harper wrote:


I can't find the source right now, but I believe Nakata has confirmed that he gave a nod to US teen horror in that scene. Mind you, having seen the lame opening scene from Ring Virus, which is largely true to Suzuki's novel, I have no doubt that you're also right there.




So, is Ring Virus utterly worthless? I've been curious about it, but I've heard so many bad things about it...



Jim Harper wrote:
Bizarrely enough Ikeda has never seen an Argento film. All the influences in that are came through Takashi Ishii, the scriptwriter, and the composer, neither of whom was on set during the shoot. Given the circumstances I think it's astonishing the film ended up quite the way it did.




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