Japanese Academy Awards 1999 - Popularity Award
Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film 1999 - Golden Raven
Sitges Film Festival 1999 - Best Film, Best Visual Effects
Nanako Matsushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Miki Nakatani
At the 1999 edition of Fantasia, programmers pushed RINGU hard, to anyone who’d listen. A North American premiere, it was still unknown, and many professionals were skeptical. A videotape transmits a curse that systematically kills its victims after seven days? An atmospheric feature film devoid of gratuitous jumpscares, nettlesome music, or even the slightest drop of blood, yet terrifies even the most seasoned viewers? But after the screening at the Imperial, where the crowd screamed in terror, the same skeptics rushed to be the first to talk about it, the film was acquired by a major distributor and a remake went into production. RINGU went on to influence world horror cinema for over a decade, and director Hideo Nakata was bestowed the title of “master of horror”. An instant classic that boosted Fantasia’s credibility enormously, it was a first choice when creating this special series. Want to have some fun? Take someone who’s never seen RINGU to this must-see screening… there will be screaming!
Submerge yourselves in the dark depths of Bustillo & Maury’s new found-footage horror film.
Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza
A landmark in Spanish horror cinema. The scariest found-footage film in history and the most intense zombie nightmare you’ll ever experience.
The Swedish masterpiece, widely hailed as the greatest vampire film of the past quarter-century, returns to chill the big screen.