Of all the American remakes churned out during the Japanese horror film fad back in the early to mid-2000s, there were a few standouts and much more duds. A leader among the duds was 2005's 'The Ring Two' - the follow-up to the successful film that started the trend in 2002. Leaving behind director Gore Verbinski for Hideo Nakata, 'Ring' follows the lives of journalist Rachel Keller (reprised by Naomi Watts) and her young son Aidan (David Dorfman) after trying to start fresh in a small seaside town, only to be tracked down by the killer videotape and its inhabitant, Samara. As you can imagine, 'Ring' tries to capture a lot of the uniqueness of its predecessor, but it fails pretty miserably, coming off as stale and tired. The plot is fairly cookie-cutter and the "thrills" are really not the least bit scary, which marks a major departure from the original film. As usual, the main focus is on the two protagonists, but there are also a few minor appearances from supporting cast, including Simon Baker as the editor of the local small-town newspaper and Sissy Spacek as Samara's crazed birthmother. This supporting cast really does nothing to enhance the value of 'Ring,' and they are pretty expendable in the grand scheme of things. It should also be noted there is one scene in particular that is due to particularly poor CGI. Of the film's highlights, the ominous soundtrack is also borrowed from the original film, which is good but nothing special. That pretty much sums up 'The Ring Two' as it is - a cheap knock-off of an actually good film that got caught up in trying to strike lightning twice.