"Ghostly, Ghastly Manifestations"
What You Need To Know:
THE RING TWO has an occult worldview about what happens to people after they die. In that occult worldview, the evil ghosts of some people can threaten the lives and souls of people still living. This occult worldview is morally and spiritually dangerous and abhorrent, as is the heroine’s decision that she has to threaten her son’s life to banish the evil ghost.
(OOO, B, C, L, VV, N, A, D, MM) Very strong occult worldview with occult view of death and ghosts about a concerned mother trying to protect her young son from an evil ghost trying to possess his body, but part of the mother’s final solution to banish the ghost is morally questionable to say the least, as well as extremely dangerous to people who might see movie and destructive of good media wisdom, and light moral elements include mother tries to protect son and admonition or warning about letting dead people or ghosts into your life, but these are not eventually developed in a Christian or biblical manner that would be positive, as well as Roman Catholic nuns try to help troubled young mother, but eventually fail and have to take her baby daughter away to protect her; two obscenities (including one “f” word), three strong profanities and three light profanities; strong scary violence, but little or nothing that is gory, such as deer with antlers attack people in car, deer with antlers smash car windows, car hits one deer, deer rolls over top of car, sudden appearances of threatening ghost, ghost attacks boy through bathtub drain and nearly drowns him, ghost grabs boy in bathtub and leaves marks of her hands on his back, people die from fright when ghost attacks, movie shows gruesome faces of ghost’s dead victims who died of fright, vision of woman from the past diving off cliff to commit suicide, woman falls into well, ghost tries to pull woman back into well, people stop mother from drowning her infant, ghost’s appearances associated with and mother holds her child under water to save child from ghost, ghost exerts mind control over psychiatrist and gets her to inject herself with a deadly drug or sleeping serum; no sex; upper male nudity when boy takes bath and gets sick; wine drinking; smoking; and, teenager seduces and cajoles another teenager that he disdains to watch a deadly dangerous tape so he can save his own life somehow and part of mother’s solution to saving her son from ghost is highly immoral or morally questionable, extremely dangerous to people who might see this movie and could result in immoral inferences from some viewers, especially children, teenagers and other vulnerable people who are not media wise.
THE RING TWO is the sequel of the movie about a journalist and her young son who are victimized by the evil ghost of a dead girl that wants to come back to earth.
Rachel and her son, Aidan, have moved to Astoria, Oregon to escape the past events, when an underground video of the girl’s ghost resulted in occult manifestations that leave several people dead of fright. When the ghost claims another victim in Astoria, Rachel sneaks onto the crime scene, takes the tape and destroys it.
Apparently, Rachel’s destruction of the tape alerts the ghost of their presence in the town. The ghost possesses the son, Aidan’s, body, and Rachel desperately tries to investigate the ghost’s past to find out how to save her son. Rachel learns, however, that she might have to commit an unspeakable act against her son’s body in order to save his soul.
THE RING TWO has an occult worldview about what happens to people after they die. In that occult worldview, the evil ghosts of some people can threaten the lives and souls of people still living. This worldview is similar to the worldview of some primitive societies discussed in Sigmund Freud’s book TOTEM AND TABOO where Freud contends that some primitive tribes give offerings and other amenities to dead people, including the ones they may have offended here on earth, in order to protect themselves against the dead people’s ghosts. In this movie, the ghost is clearly evil and must somehow be banished. People who believe in such occult happenings and who don’t have faith in the biblical doctrine of Heaven and Hell may find the movie scary, but people with other viewpoints will not, especially since the movie, though tautly constructed and well acted, strains credulity at times. THE RING TWO also leaves some unanswered questions and problems. For example, if you banish such a ghost, where does the ghost’s spirit go? Also, how is the ghost able to still manifest itself in Astoria after Rachel destroys the one tape? These questions could be answered outside the movie, but the movie doesn’t do a good job of answering or explaining them despite the clues it might seem to give.
Although THE RING TWO has some strong foul language, including one “f” word and a couple strong profanities, it is mostly devoid of the vulgarity, sex and nudity found in many PG-13 or R-rated movies. It does, however, contain many spooky scenes threatening death, or worse, to innocent victims.
Worse than this, of course, is the movie’s occult worldview. Not only is it biblically unsound, it also allows for no Christian, moral or redemptive solutions to the evil faced by the heroine and her son. In fact, toward the end the heroine seriously threatens the very life of her son in order to banish the ghost and save her son’s soul. In an age when the lives of children are indeed threatened by troubled, confused and evil parents who abort them or even drown them in bathtubs, this is an extremely dangerous thing to show the public, especially in an entertainment product designed to attract a wide audience of millions.
Therefore, MOVIEGUIDE® gives THE RING TWO its highest warning and its worst acceptability rating. Society is already threatened by too many entertainment products with morally questionable and occult messages. Children and teenagers are especially vulnerable to such evil, abhorrent moral and spiritual messages. No wonder there are so many stories in the media of unwed teenagers killing their newborn babies, and teenagers exploring the occult. We already have too many lenient, ignorant prosecutors, judges and police officials who don’t take these issues seriously enough. Making a movie like THE RING TWO will only add to people’s moral, spiritual and legal confusion.
Some media pundits may not see the danger of this confusion, especially those who aren’t concerned about things like infanticide, abortion and the spread of the occult and other dangerous anti-biblical philosophies. Movies don’t merely reflect our culture, however, they also create it. Consequently, movies shape our beliefs, values and attitudes, and govern our behavior, including our educational, religious, moral, and political activities. A movie like THE RING TWO may seem like just a harmless entertainment for people looking to have some scary fun. It could be reasonably argued that this is indeed partly true, but it is not completely true. That’s why MOVIEGUIDE® urges everyone to consider whether they really want to support the making, distribution and viewing of THE RING TWO and other entertainment products like it. At the very least, they should consider whether they should let their family’s children and teenagers see and hear such products, no matter what they are rated by the entertainment industry.