Sadako's victims.
Potential victims.

I watched the original Ringu when it was shown in local cinemas in 1998 and it was arguably one of the creepiest films I’d seen till that point of time. Sadako, as a vengeful spirit, was one of the most memorable supernatural killers the world had ever seen.

She’s since becoming a pop culture icon, with the image of her crawling out of a TV screen famous with audiences the world over.

Over the years, Sadako’s scare factor has lessened somewhat due to her being in movies, serials and games that didn’t really do her justice. Last year’s Sadako x Kayako flick certainly didn’t do her any favors.

Hopefully, this year will be the year Sadako reclaims her horror queen crown from other pretenders. The new film, also titled Sadako, hits Japanese cinemas this May 24.

It stars Elaiza Ikeda as the main character Mayu Akigawa. Mayu’s a counselor and is involved in an accident with another of the film’s leads, Yusuke Ishida, who’s played by Takashi Tsukamoto.

The movie also stars Hiroya Shimizu as Kazuma Akigawa (Mayu’s younger brother), Himeka Himejima as the enigmatic Jinko and Renn Kiriyama as Mayu’s colleague, Minori Fuijii.

It seems this time around the plot will involve Youtube in some capacity, though that’s pretty much all that we know at the moment. Kadokawa’s wisely keeping the plot under wraps to surprise audiences, something we applaud.

After all, where’s the fun in watching a movie when you already know what it’s about, yeah?

Don’t worry, there’s still a short teaser you can watch to get excited over.

Yup, definitely creepy.

Till then, have a peek at the movie’s website while you wait for Sadako to hit local screens. We’ll definitely have impressions of the movie up on the site once we’ve seen it so make sure to check back once it’s out!

Sal's been in the industry since the early 2000s. He's written for a ton of gaming and tech publications including Playworks, Hardwarezone, HWM and GameAxis. Recently, Sal served as a juror for the Indie Game Awards at Taipei Game Show 2020. A geek and hardcore gamer, Sal will play everything, on any platform.