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The Tape and its companion site,, seem to be fairly obvious marketing attempts to 'blairwitch' the upcoming sequel to the horror movie, The Ring (i.e. to create hoax websites to generate interest about it). But still, I've received a couple of worried emails from people who have watched 'the tape' and are a little concerned, so I thought I should post something about it. As far as I know, no stringy-haired decomposing girl is going to crawl out of a well and kill you if you watch the tape. Though I'm playing it safe. I made my wife watch the tape. She then made the cat watch it. My cat is the one posting this message (she hit the mouse button with her paw to click submit), so if any one of you watches 'the tape' she'll be safe.
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Posted by Alex on Fri Jan 28, 2005
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The vedio wouldn't load in my browser.
Posted by Dany  on  Fri Jan 28, 2005  at  07:48 PM
I don't mean to offend any Blair Witch fans...but Pleaseeeeee not another Blair Witch type movie!
Posted by Myst  on  Sat Jan 29, 2005  at  12:22 AM
YEEEEE - FREAKIN' - HAWW, Alex. This has to be about the funniest post you have put on this site. I don't think I've laughed so hard at an interwebamathing site in about three years. If you keep this up, Jay Leno is going to have you on his show.
Posted by BugbearSloth  in  earth, 3rd planet, sol system  on  Sat Jan 29, 2005  at  01:07 AM
Anyone know whats actually on the tape??
Posted by Alun  on  Sat Jan 29, 2005  at  03:09 AM
It's a hoax site just found for The Ring or a new one for The Ring 2.

Posted by Yaanu  on  Sat Jan 29, 2005  at  05:58 AM
I started watching it but I got scared! I don't want to die!!!! I stopped it about 2 seconds in. Do you think I'm alright?
Posted by Glamcat  on  Sat Jan 29, 2005  at  08:14 AM
Let's hear a collective "YAY" for the Photoshop smudge tool!
Posted by Sarah  on  Sat Jan 29, 2005  at  09:37 AM
Also, I don't see how people would believe this is real. What about the Japanese version of the film? I don't hear anyone talking about Sadako and HER tape.
Posted by Sarah  on  Sat Jan 29, 2005  at  09:44 AM
the testimonies on she-is-here are incredibly similar in style; clearly the work of someone of very limited imagination! either that or its another effect of the tape...
Posted by Nick  in  Merrie Olde Englande  on  Sat Jan 29, 2005  at  10:21 AM
i particularly like the 12 yr old day 6 girl who has given the tape to a good half-dozen people who have mildly irritated her
Posted by Nick  in  Merrie Olde Englande  on  Sat Jan 29, 2005  at  10:54 AM
no worries, i just watched it... it's not that scary... i spammed it by email anyway, so if you get it you'll see my email at the top and know that I started something! :D
Posted by thunder  in  England  on  Sat Jan 29, 2005  at  11:19 AM
Unfortunately it looks like Netflix doesn't have 'Dark Water'. But from its IMDB description, it sounds good.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Sat Jan 29, 2005  at  12:46 PM
I'm not really interested in the film, but I do want to know why it takes five words to say "Dark Water" in Japanese.
Or is this one of those titles that loses everything in the translation?
Posted by Big Gary C  on  Sat Jan 29, 2005  at  03:33 PM
Actually, just "Honogurai mizu" means dark water. They shortened the title for the English remake, since "Honogurai mizu no soko kara" is more of an idiom than anything else, so a literal translation in English would be long.

I hope this movie doesn't suck; I didn't really think the original was that great.
Posted by Sarah  on  Sat Jan 29, 2005  at  10:10 PM
I get a lot of translation calls...things that take minutes & minutes to answer are simply, "Yes, it's blue," or something similar.

Maybe someone who knows something about Japanese film-making can answer this. How come they get remade in English, w/ caucasion actors? I realize that an English language film may do better than a subtitled film, but to remake the whole thing seems a bit redunant and expensive. Run, Lola, Run was a huge hit & it sells in a dubbed version, or German w/ English subtitles. I prefer to watch the original w/ English subtitles, after a while, you sort of forget you're reading it. So...why the whole remake & not a dubbed version instead?
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Sun Jan 30, 2005  at  06:40 AM
It has to do with "The Ring 2" coming out next month...
Posted by Jade  on  Sun Jan 30, 2005  at  08:46 AM
I have 2 copies of "the tape", i found it funny that someone would spend the time to do this. At least it was done better than the blairwitch movies!
Posted by rachel  on  Sun Jan 30, 2005  at  09:41 AM
It's definitely a hoax. I clicked on a link that said something like 'Do you know Jake?' and it showed a picture of a kid that looked very familiar. I knew I had seen him in Halloween:Ressurection so I looked him up (his name is Ryan Merriman) and sure enough he is in the movie Ring 2. So this site is definitely a hoax used to promote the Ring 2.

try to tell me that is not the same person.
Posted by Gwen  on  Sun Jan 30, 2005  at  02:26 PM
Oh yeah. That's the same guy. The nose is a dead giveaway 😉
Posted by Sarah  on  Sun Jan 30, 2005  at  03:46 PM
Oh wow, what a wonderful painshopro work LOL they did make something on the offical website of the ring, where you could enter your friends cellphone umber and the website would sent a message to them everyday to feak them out. Oh and hello cat ! How are you ?
Posted by Akashka  on  Mon Jan 31, 2005  at  02:07 AM
Well, I just watched it. I'll check back in with you in 7 days. If you don't hear from me, just know that I've really enjoyed my time here in the forum.
Just to be safe, can someone else please watch it on my behalf? Thanks.
Posted by Glamcat  on  Mon Jan 31, 2005  at  06:08 AM
Good catch Gwen, that is definitely the same guy.
Posted by Glamcat  on  Mon Jan 31, 2005  at  06:12 AM
Maybe someone who knows something about Japanese film-making can answer this. How come they get remade in English, w/ caucasion actors?[Q]

You'd have to search online or ask movie makers.
Its just that...look at the world. A lot of people are use to seeing more caucasion (well known) actors then, Black, Asian, Indian etc etc ones.
Even though there are a large number of American Asian actors avalible...studios want remakes to be huge and known so they can cash in on it and that particular Actor. BUT don't get them wrong, a lot of directors really enjoy watching the original and would like a remake in 'their style' (which is how i look at a remake...which is the point! its not suppose to follow the original to a T...that would be stupid).

I enjoyed Ring remake for its different style.
Though Japanese horror gets boring with the...longhaired girl, water, some scared woman, and little boy.
Posted by Uni  on  Mon Jan 31, 2005  at  02:12 PM
Ok, here we go again... Alex, your cat is defenitely safe. I'll be a guinea-pig this time and not forward this to anyone as I did with the "toma sota balcu" thing. I hope I can check back with you in a week. I know I will live in fear, but I'll take the chance of this being just a hoax. Please cross your fingers for me, as I try to desmistify this thing once and for all!
Posted by corax  on  Sat Feb 05, 2005  at  06:19 AM
I watched just about 2 hours ago and nothing has happened yet. It was wierd but I'm not worried. A tape can't kill you!
Posted by Katie  on  Tue Mar 15, 2005  at  06:55 PM
this is the most desturbing movie ive seen in my life
Posted by tabitha  on  Tue Mar 22, 2005  at  04:53 PM
Ha! Just read this thread... why didn't corax post a week after watching to tell us of their current life status?


tabitha, if this is the most disturbing movie you've ever seen, you really don't get out much.
Posted by Rod  in  the land of smarties.  on  Tue Mar 22, 2005  at  05:10 PM
actually i have seen the ring 2 but i do get out hell im 13 and i love scary movies also i ment freaky and wird but please tell me its not true and i would hate to discover its true
Posted by tabitha  on  Wed Mar 23, 2005  at  03:25 PM
Everything scary is based on real life Tabitha. There is a chance it is very true.
Posted by X  in  McKinney, TX  on  Wed Mar 23, 2005  at  03:32 PM
I can think of some really scary stuff that could no way become real, Stephen, you ignorant twit. Really. Scary. Stuff... Now you've done it.
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Wed Mar 23, 2005  at  03:42 PM
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