Talking RINGS And More With Director F. Javier Gutierrez
“There once was a girl… no one dare speak her name.”
Rings, the third film in the Ring series, is now haunting theaters worldwide. This new one picks up 13 years after the first film and it’s just as freaky. Starring Laura Wiggins, Aimee Teegarden, Johnny Galecki, Lizzie Brocheré, Alex Roe, Zach Roerig, and Bonnie Morgan as Samara.
So what’s the new one about? Here’s the official synopsis…don’t get spooked out:
A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a “movie within the movie” that no one has ever seen before…
I had some time to talk with director F. Javier Gutierrez about some RINGS related things and more! Check out the clips below:
I saw a lot of similarities between Before the Fall, your first movie, and Rings. The style, the opening sequence,etc. Did you get inspiration from the original movies when you made these choices?
F. Javier Gutierrez: Of course, I tried to respect the visual aspect of The Ring, bringing a little bit to my Ring, right? Like you say, probably for me it’s hard to say that there’s in the artist’s view, when like the previous movie, Before the Fall, what I wanted to do is really care of every single shot and get locked to the movie and care about all of these flaws, so it has some kind of personality. It’s not only like a story that has some component of color and tone and mood atmosphere. That was what I brought to the movie.
You mentioned the visuals. You do get to see that you get to play with the original visuals and the way that people get to interact with them. Was that your idea? Was that the writers, or was it a collaboration?
F. Javier Gutierrez: Yeah, we wanted always that … I am a fan of the first Ring, so I try as much as I could be respectful with the first one, and I wanted to play with all of these iconic images, and the writers loved that idea too, so it was like I think everybody involved, like, let’s use the video, of course. We expanded a little bit in this one, too, trying to keep, and it was very tricky, keep the mood of The Ring on video, because this is very well done, very excellent, very psychologically disturbing, so to expand it in this one has been like a real challenge.
Did you ever get to talk to Gore Verbinksy or Hideo Nakata?
F. Javier Gutierrez: No. I was tempted at some point. It was … His work talks to me, so it was pretty crazy to, as a director, to get to understand Hideo’s original Ringu, which I loved, too, and the translation to the American audience that Gore did, that I think he did an amazing work, because it’s really hard in these kind of movies coming from a differing cultural background to translate all those elements that they are very disturbing, fucked up, to our cultural and our mythology. He did a great job, and I have been trying just to expand it a little as that.
You mention technology and the cultural impact in the original movies. We’re in a new era, a digital era. You made sure to push the new technology to its limit. How much was the studio telling you, man, you do whatever you want?
F. Javier Gutierrez Well, I wanted to start with the tape. I think it was key, so how despite now nobody’s using VHS anymore, some nerds like myself have, and we have some VHS, right, that I wanted to start with that and do the transition slowly. I think the whole thing of the movie, the whole, distributor, producers, they wanted to explore the technologies, too, very carefully, too. In this one, you go see and the movie, you see that it’s explored, but you’ll certainly meet, so I’ll let … I don’t want to do a spoilers. I’ll let people go see it.
I’ll leave you with this. We saw horror directors like Scott Derrickson, J.A. Bayona, Gore Verbinski, move on to bigger franchises, superhero movies, you know, Jurassic Park, things like that. Is that something that interests you? Leaving that genre and using that experience in other, bigger franchises?
F. Javier Gutierrez: I like the mix of genres. I like in the previous movie, Before the Fall, it’s a spy’s movie, a small spy’s movie, that got a lot of love in Europe. It is a mix of genres. It’s science fiction, thriller, a little bit of horror, too. This one, Rings is pretty much horror and thriller, but I want to explore. I like to play with the audience, so I’m going to keep always playing with suspense and horror elements, but I’m actually excited about exploring other element, like maybe bigger franchises, or maybe superheroes. I’m not sure about that. I grew up with Marvel Comics, like a lot of people who are listening to us now, that I don’t know if I want to go in that direction yet. I’ll just go with the flow, I guess.
F. Javier Gutierrez: Thank you.
You can see Rings in theaters right now!