It’s often said that prequels tend to be fairly pointless, and I’m not sure I disagree with that statement. Particularly when it comes to the horror genre, prequels often do little more than demystify scary characters, thereby missing the point that the unknown is the scariest thing of all.
Along with an upcoming prequel to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, delving into Leatherface’s teenage years, we’ve just learned that the next film in The Ring franchise will similarly take place prior to previously seen events, serving as an origin story for the infamous VHS tape.
The news comes courtesy of Bloody Disgusting, who nabbed the exclusive scoop that the recently announced Rings is indeed a prequel to the 2002 remake of The Ring. It will “tell the origin of Samara’s reign of terror,” says the site. The film had previously been described as something of a reboot.
Set to hit theaters on November 13, 2015, Rings is directed by F. Javier Gutierrez and features Italian actress Matilda Lutz in the lead role.
To date, the entirety of The Ring franchise, both the original series and the American remake series, consists of a whopping nine feature films. Rings will be lucky number ten.