The Ring

Question: Samara just wanted to be heard and killed everyone who didn't make a copy to show to someone else. But say that someone showed another person the same copy they had seen. Would she still kill that person?

Answer: No, as long as you show someone else the tape and they watch the entire thing, your life is spared. Whenever Rachel realises she made a copy, she is really just realizing she was spared because she showed the tape to someone else. Making a copy isn't a bad idea though, because if the original would somehow get destroyed, the viewer would be out of luck.

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Answer: Yes because Rachel watched the same copy as Katie, (her niece) and she received a phone call just like the others. She wasn't killed because she copied the tape before her 7 days were up. I don't think it makes any difference, as long as you see the tape.

Question: How does Samara know the phone number when the person finishes watching the tape?

Answer: It is never explicitly stated, however Samara is a supernatural entity so the answer is "magic".

BaconIsMyBFF
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Question: If the tape was made when the teenagers tried recording a football game over the well (the main theory), then wouldn't that mean that the four teens are the first people to watch/die from it? If so, how does Becca know about the myth of this deadly tape virus and phone call before Katie dies?

Answer: It is strongly suggested that the four of them were the first ones to watch the tape. The well was directly beneath Cabin 12, so Samara's spirit took advantage of the blank tape they were using to record the game to burn images into it thus creating the curse. Becca said that somebody from Revere had told her about it, and the high school girls from the funeral told Rachel that Katie was dating somebody from Revere. Rumors fly especially among teenagers. Josh (Katie's boyfriend) told people from his High School about the creepy tape they had watched over the weekend and it quickly spread to the point that Becca and several other teens knew about it.

Answer: The theory is wrong. The tape was already there.

MasterOfAll
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Question: How old is Samara? Some websites say she's 10 when she died but others say she was 8. Other sites say 11 or 12.

Answer: According to the first movie, Samara is around 8 years old whenever she is thrown in the well. Richard and Anna Morgan returned to Moesko island in 1970 with baby Samara. Whenever Rachel is researching Anna Morgan, she finds that Anna committed suicide in 1978, shortly after she disposed of Samara at Shelter Mountain inn. Some details have been changed in the 2nd and 3rd movie, raising the question of how old Samara is. But after looking at the hospital records in the first movie, she is 8.

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Question: If you were on your seventh day and there was no TV in sight, would Samara still be able to kill you?

Answer: Most likely. We have no idea how far away she can be from the TV she spawns from, or if anybody who hasn't been cursed can even see her. Chances are, she would come out of the nearest TV, and stalk you over a great distance. As we see when she kills Naomi Watson's boyfriend, she can practically teleport, and who knows if her power is limited only to TVs.

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Answer: 2 of the 4 teens in the beginning died in a car crash, so it seems Samara can kill you without a TV present.

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Answer: Yes, she'd find a way. In some of the original "Ring" franchise media, Sadako (the inspiration for Samara in the remake) can come out of other surfaces, so it'd be logical to assume that Samara would be able to do the same thing. (Or have another method of getting people who have been cursed).

TedStixon

Question: How come Becca (Katie's friend) knew how many days were left to Rachel's death?

Answer: People who have seen Samara are infected by her - one of the side effects is that she can recognise people who are cursed, and how long they have left.

Shay
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Question: Why is Anna Morgan wearing a nineteenth-century dress when she pushes Samara down the well? The event happened in the 1970's.

Answer: The Morgans may just be old-fashioned. It wasn't uncommon for women in the 1970's to wear dresses. The family also lives on an island that is secluded and didn't have to worry about being judged as much as they would have in a city or rural community.

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Question: Were Aiden's 7 days not up at the end or something and is that why he didn't die? I know that's why they were making a copy for him to give to someone else but I thought his 7 days would be up by now.

Answer: He still had several days left. Rachel was nearing the end of her seven days when he watched the tape, and she realises she needed to make a copy the morning after her seventh day, and in all likelihood, she had Aiden make a copy on the same day.

Phaneron Premium member
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Question: Whenever Samara was still alive was she able to kill someone just by looking at them? Or was that only after she became a spirit she gained that power? Did Samara kill the doctor during the videotape session that Rachel watched of her? All you see at the end of the session is Samara finally looking up at the doctor and the tape ends.

Answer: While in the original Japanese film the character had the ability to kill people with her mind, in this remake the Samara character's abilities aren't quite as powerful- but she still has immense power and can drive people crazy by placing images in their mind. And after death, her spirit gains the ability to kill people via the cursed video.

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Answer: She didn't have the ability to kill people just by looking at them while she was alive, although the evil surrounding her did drive the Morgan's horses to commit suicide. Had she killed the doctor, it would have been highly unlikely that they would have let her leave the hospital afterwards.

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Question: At the beginning of the movie, whenever Katie is standing in front the fridge, what does she hear whenever she looks in the hallway and heads upstairs? It seems as though she hears something that makes her head that way, but what?

Answer: She hears water running and head upstairs to the bathroom. She hears the TV and went to the hallway.

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Question: What is the meaning of all of the images that Samara made in the hospital? The rocking horse, the hardware, the weird people, etc; and what is the significance of the spinning up-side-down chair in the video? I know she had a chair in her loft, but why is it spinning upside down?

Answer: Every image that Samara created was made with her mind and was relevant to everything that happened with her time with the Morgans. All of the objects are odd and disfigured thus the spinning chair. The hardware was there because of Mr. Morgans constant use of hammers etc. in and around the farmhouse.

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Question: In one scene string came out of Rachel's mouth, which I know was related to the tape, but what is the deal with the string coming out of someone's mouth on the tape, and who was that supposed to be? Did Samara swallow the string?

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Chosen answer: It wasn't actually string; it was the cable from the electrodes which were placed on Samara when she was in the hospital. When Noah is in the hospital looking for the tape there is a shot of him looking at a set of electrodes and realising their relevance.

Tallicame
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Question: What was the deal with all the horses drowning? Was it just because Samara was evil and she was causing it? What about the horse Rachel sees on the ship that freaks out? Is it scared of Rachel because she's been "infected" by the tape? She's already showed the tape to Noah, so she should be okay at that point, right?

Krista

Chosen answer: When Samara was sent to sleep in the barn the horses kept her up at night. Therefore they have ended being negatively affected by her and the video.

wolfchild
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Answer: After Samara was released from Eola, she returned to the Morgan's house but was sent to sleep in the barn because Richard wanted to keep her as far as humanly possible from Anna who was suffering from horrible hallucinations caused by her. Since the horses kept her up at night, she drove them to suicide, but she had also told her doctor that her daddy loved the horses not her, so she probably drove them crazy out of childish jealousy as well. As for Rachel, she was affected by the curse and by Samara and as a result her presence drove the horse crazy.

Question: Hypothetically, what would happen if everyone in the world, or at least those with the means to watch the tape, saw it, copied it and passed it on to someone else? Would the curse, in a sense, die?

Answer: Hypothetically, it could be assumed that the curse would die. But it would be nearly impossible for someone to not drop the ball on it and inadvertently let the curse continue.

LuMaria 1

Question: The holiday cabin that's built over the well looks 50 years old, but Samara's dad hasn't aged that much since her death, and we're shown her mom pushing her down the well. This makes no sense at all time wise - if she was pushed down the well and the cabin was built on top shouldn't the cabin look almost new?

Jimmy Mulholland

Answer: A poorly maintained cabin, especially with extensive weather damaged would be difficult to age. The only real clues to its age would be subtle clues, like outdated electrical sockets and their placement, that changed over time. Additionally, a poorly constructed cabin wouldn't age as well. You can find 50+ year old homes that look new and newer homes that look 50+ years old.

Bishop73

Visible crew/equipment: In the scene where Noah breaks into the mental institution's record room and is looking through Anna's files, there is a visible arm with a blue sleeve to his right, even though he is alone. (01:06:20)

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Suggested correction: I played this scene three times and couldn't see any arm with a blue sleeve. Noah is standing in a narrow corridor with his profile to the audience with file shelves both in front of and behind him. For an arm to appear to his right with respect to his position, most of, if not the entire body of the owner of the alleged arm would have to be visible. If the arm is supposed to be to his right with respect to the viewer's perspective, it would have to reach out either from behind or through the shelves behind him.

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Dr. Scott: You don't want to hurt anyone.
Samara Morgan: But I do, and I'm sorry. It won't stop. Everyone will suffer.

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Trivia: Between some scenes you can see a flash of the ring, as seen at the beginning of the tape (and what Rachel sees when she looks up in the well as the lid is pushed back on).

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