There are two main differences between the movies, The Ring, and Ringu that make them stand apart from eachother. The Ring was more believable and seemed to me to be more of a horror movie, than Ringu. Because of these points, I heavily favored The Ring.
There were many things in the plot and even in the actors themselves that made Ringu seem less believable as a story, and as equally less believable as a horror movie. First, the psychic storyline in Ringu seemed farfetched and rather ridiculous. There are three characters in the movie with powers, and it seems to be more of an episode of X-Men than a realistic story plot. It seems as though, with this plot, that this movie would fit better into the fantasy section of your local movie store rather than in the horror section. In The Ring however, the characters of Samara and Anna Morgan are a little more involved in the storyline. Using the horse plot made the story seem easier to believe and also to relate to.
The telephone also played a different role in the plot in the two movies. In The Ring, every time someone was to watch the video, the phone would ring to tell them that they had seven days left. However, in Ringu, the phone only rings at the cabin. I think that the ring itself adds a little edge to the horror in the movie. The telephones ring symbolizes the fact that no matter where you go, Samara can still get to you. Also, it keeps the audience in suspense, waiting for the ring. The ringing adds anticipation and fright to the moviegoer's experience.
The videos themselves added a lot to the plot in The Ring, and really weakened the plot in Ringu. First, in the ring we see all the images come to life during the movie, as the actor experiences the things they saw in the video during their last seven days of life. It keeps the movie on track and gives you an idea of just how close someone was to dying. My favorite line in the movie is, "before you die, you see the ring." This makes a direct correlation between the video and the video watcher's experiences. While watching Ringu, I found myself to be lost at times, wondering where exactly the movie was going, and what the images in the video even meant. Without the correlation between the video and the actors' lives, the movie is not tied together enough. Had I not seen The Ring before Ringu, I would not be able to say exactly what the movie was even about. Aside from tying the movie together, the videos themselves were very different in creativity and detail also. The images shown in the video of The Ring were frightening and horrific, like a horror movie should be. A viewer could tell what they were, and while they watched they could think to themselves, "Oh now here is where that fits in." In Ringu, nobody was clear what the image was or why it was there. The recurring hooded man bothered me the most. I could not decided whether I was seeing a member of the KKK or someone dressing up as a ghost a...