Twelve years on from the risible Ring 2, this long-gestating follow-up feels unnecessary.
It starts and ends in intriguing fashion – with the infamous video tape being upgraded to newer, more dangerous technology– but everything in between doesn’t cut the mustard.
Lead lovebirds Matilda Lutz and Alex Roe are duller than the desaturated colour palette and The Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki looks like he can’t be bothered.
The story moves on from more interesting ideas – a college group studying the curse – to a dull further look into the ghostly Samara’s origin.
A pity as there are creepy moments, and a final twist hints at a better sequel that may never see the light of day.