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If you're a fan of scary movie girl Samara, you'll be glad to know that she will soon be back to scare you one more time. Samara is back in an upcoming film called 'Rings', a sequel to 2002's 'The Rings' film and the third film to be produced under the 'Ring' franchise.

Speaking of the horrifying screen acts that she is famed for, Samara is, in fact, scaring fans both on-screen and off-screen this time round. In regards to this, there's a story that is currently taking the internet by storm. This is all about a near-believable but very scary prank that creators of the upcoming film recently played on fans at an electronics store.

Samara from 'The Ring' pops out of TVs to scare customers in New York store

Shoppers at the New York store were scared to their wits after the character Samara literally crawled out of a television set. It's only after scampering away in fright that they later came to know it was only but a prank. The film's distributor Paramount had hired an actress to dress like Samara and crab walk out of the television set. It turned out too that the television set was just a display wall and not a real TV as it had appeared in the eyes of the unsuspecting shoppers. In addition, Paramount had also mounted hidden cameras at the store to capture the reactions of the customers. Paramount's efforts to stage the memorable prank seems to have paid out. It has gotten fans talking the world over and even those who haven't previously followed the franchise's films now can't wait for Rings' February release date.

Excitement ahead of the release date

It isn't just the weird prank that has gotten moviegoers psyched up for the upcoming film, trailers released by Paramount have also added to fans excitement over the upcoming movie. To date, film company Paramount has released three trailers of its upcoming 'Rings' movie. The first trailer came out on August 24, 2016. This was followed by a second trailer which Paramount brought out about four months later on January 5, 2017. To further market its up and coming movie to the lucrative international audience, Paramount released an international trailer to accompany the second trailer on the same date as it was released.

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What is in the new movie?

Fans of the 'Ring' franchise can brace themselves for an epic movie, one that will scare them to the bone but at the same time leave them not wanting to get out of their seats for even a second or two. 'Rings' is the definition of real horror. A combination of supernatural and horror, 'Rings' is the kind of film that captures a viewer's psychology and brings them in tune with the happenings on the screen. The viewer is able to empathize with the plight of the characters at every stage of the film, both the suffering or victory of a character feels like a viewer's own.

Speaking of the plight of the characters, the movie has scenes where a number of characters lose their lives due to strange reasons. This gives it both a dark and a sad tone. The movie also has a mystery tone as most of the strange happenings can't be explained.

According to special makeup effects designer on the film, Arjen Tuiten, it took about 6 and a half hours to complete Samara's makeup and her costume featured a water rig under the dress that allowed the character to constantly drip water

'Rings' plot

As aforementioned, 'Rings' is a horror story. It is a story of dark and scary happenings. In this film, a young woman named Julia sets out on a quest to save her boyfriend from potential harm. She is worried sick after her boyfriend Holt begins investigating the actions of an urban subculture who are behind a mysterious movie that kills whoever watches it after seven days.

Out of concern for Holt, Julia decides to take matters into her own hands and seek to find answers about this bizarre occurrence that is plaguing the world around her. It is in this venture to save her boyfriend that Julia makes a shocking discovery, she finds out that there's is, in fact, a movie within the movie that is responsible for the mysterious demise of those who watch the movie. Julia is faced with a number of risks on her venture to find answers about the strange movie but she must do all she can to save Holt.

In reference to the plot of the movie, there have been claims that the upcoming film is a prequel film in the United States 'Ring' franchise. This is however not true judging from the plot of the movie. According to 'Rings' storyline, the films takes place 13 years after the first ever event in the 'Ring' franchise. This leaves no room at all for it to be a prequel, it more befittingly deserves to be referred to as a sequel than a prequel.

Cast of 'Rings'

Even though Rings is totally an American film, its cast, more so the lead ones aren't American. The lead female Julia is played by Italian actress Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, an actress who is best known for her roles in Italian films such as 'Azzurrina' and 'Mi Chiamo Maya'. The lead male Holt too is not American, his character is played by English actor Alex Roe. 26-year-old Roe is best known for starring in films like 'The Calling', 'The Cut', and 'Sniper: Legacy'. Aside from these, the Englishman was also for a long time the leading actor in children's drama series, 'The Fugitives'.

Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz

Away from the lead cast Lutz and Roe, other casts of the upcoming film include Bonnie Morgan who plays the part of scary girl Samara and Johnny Galecki who stars as a character known as Gabriel. Other cast are Aimee Teegarden, Vincent D'Onofrio, Zach Roerig, Laura Wiggins, Andrea Laing, Surely Alvelo, Drew Grey, Adam Fristoe, Patrick R. Walker, Andrea Powell, Chuck David Willis, Jill Jane Clements, Michael E. Sanders, Randall Taylor, Dave Blamy, Daveigh Chase, Lizzie Brocheré, Shannon Cochran, and Chris Green.

Alex Roe

'Rings' production crew

The newest film in the Ring franchise has been directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez. The Spanish director's production team for the upcoming film looks as follows:

Director: F. Javier Gutiérrez

Producers: Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald

Screenplay: Akiva Goldsman, Jacob Aaron Estes, and David Loucka

Story: David Loucka and Jacob Aaron Estes

Cinematography: Sharone Meir

Editor: Jeremiah O'Driscoll

Music: Matthew Margeson

Production companies: Marci/Edelstein, BendelSpink, Waddiedish Claretrap, Parkes/MacDonald

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

More about the upcoming film

'Rings' is the third feature-length film in the 'Ring' franchise. It is based on the 'Ring' story by Japanese Kôji Suzuki. The film is done in the English language.

Concerning its release date, the film is set for release in the United States on 3 February 2017.

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