Ringu

Ringu

After watching a strange videotape, four teenagers mysteriously die. A reporter, and aunt of one of the teens, investigates the rumors and urban legends that are growing up around the mystery, and finds herself embroiled in a deadly curse that threatens not only her life but that of her young son.

I loved the way this movie mixed a sense of ancient dread with contemporary urban legend. The idea of a ghost that can reach from beyond the grave and into videotapes and Polaroid cameras is surprisingly chilling. This movie is all atmosphere, with no jump scares (though the ghost girl crawling out of the television near the end is a shocking and terrifying image): lots of darkness and rain and shadows.