Rings (2005 film)

Rings (stylized as rings) is a 2005 American horror short film. It was initially released as an extra disc with a re-release of The Ring on DVD.[1] The events in Rings lead up to the sequel The Ring Two, on whose DVD Rings is also included as a bonus feature.

Directed byJonathan Liebesman
Produced by
  • Jeanette Volturno
  • Arnon Manor
Written by
Based onRing
by Koji Suzuki
Music byHans Zimmer
(The Ring soundtrack)
CinematographyLukas Ettlin
Edited bySheila Moreland
Distributed byDreamWorks SKG
Release date
  • March 8, 2005 (2005-03-08)
Running time
17 minutes
CountryUnited States


Some time after the events of The Ring, Samara Morgan's videotape has spread, as each person who sees the video makes a copy and shows it to someone else. A subculture has grown surrounding the video: people wait to see how close to the seven-day deadline they can get. When they grow too afraid to go on any longer, they show the tape to the next assigned person. During the interval, some create videos documenting their experiences to be posted to websites devoted to the videotape phenomenon. Groups that have watched the video are called "rings".

The film is focused on Jake Pierce, the latest member of one such ring. The ring has also recruited its next member, Tim who will watch the tape when Jake cracks. Eddie, a member, says that no one has ever been able to make it to day seven before cracking, and everyone who did has died. He tells Jake to make sure to record everything he sees. Jake is amazed at what he experiences at first, and Vanessa, another member, says she wants Jake to make it to day seven.

However, Jake's experiences soon turn scary, as he starts seeing visions of Samara suddenly popping up wherever he goes, and has a similar dream that Rachel Keller had from the first film of Samara grabbing his arm, leaving a bruise there. After several more unsettling experiences, he cracks on the sixth day, but Tim refuses to watch the tape. It is revealed that Vanessa is the one who made Tim refuse to watch the tape, as she wants to see what happens on day seven. However, this leaves Jake without someone to pass the curse onto.

By the next day, he's become so desperate he tries to play the video on the display models at an electronics store, but is caught and thrown out by a security guard who is a member of rings, and knows what the tape does. Jake begins dialing random numbers, hoping to find somebody to show the tape. Finally, he thinks of Emily, a girl he goes to school with. He invites her over without mentioning the video. Before she arrives, he experiences a vision in which Samara arrives and he tries to break the TV, though she comes out anyway. She reaches through the screen on his video camera and the vision ends.

An hour before the deadline, Emily agrees to come, leading to the opening sequence of The Ring Two; Vanessa is seen encouraging Emily by nodding when she is making her decision to go to Jake's house.



The short film garnered positive reviews from both critics and audiences who purchased the special edition of the first film; released shortly before The Ring Two. Felix Vasquex Jr. of Cinema Crazed said, "...a very sleek and morbid short film, and one infinitely more enjoyable and tense than the sequel could be."[2]


  1. Dreamworks. "The Ring - Official Movie Site, Video, Trailer, Preview, Download, Photos, Pictures, Film, Pic, Cast Bios, Image Gallery, Scenes". Archived from the original on April 8, 2005. Retrieved January 22, 2017.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  2. Vasquez, Felix (October 17, 2010). "Rings (2005)". cinema-crazed. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
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