One spooky month ago, we saw the debut trailer for Rings, an 11-years-later The Ring threequel. Today, it's suffering its fourth delay. The Paramount flick was supposed to open in November 2015, then sometime in 2016, then specifically April 2016, then Oct. 28. But there's nothing to turn a "this movie has to suck, right?" tide like moving your Halloween-timed movie to February, where bad movies go to die quietly.
"Principal photography wrapped on the film in June 2015," Slashfilm writes. "It seems as if the studio was unhappy with the initial cut as reshoots took place in July of this year." There hasn't been a reason given for Rings' latest delay, but 9.1 million YouTube views for the trailer over a monthlong span is not at all shabby for a horror movie. The franchise is an adaptation of the 1998 Japanese film Ringu. Samara will return for Rings because she is so scary she couldn't possibly not.
The dip in quality between 2002's The Ring and '05's The Ring Two was precipitous, meaning it might be harder to raise interest this time around. Blair Witch exemplified that quandary last weekend, showing up 16 years after a brutally misfired sequel and kinda flopping with a $9.65 million opening.
While we're here, Paramount also delayed Friday the 13th from Jan. 13, 2017 to Oct. 13, 2017, presumably because a Friday the 13th in October is way better luck for Jason Voorhees than one in January.
Listen to Fuse's Back of the Class podcast talk about horror movies and the 2016 best-of candidate The Witch at the 11:40 mark in the episode below: