As a bridge to The Ring Two, Rings only really links to the beginning of its feature-length sibling. That's bad news for The Ring Two, because this is a much better movie. It has a more interesting story, the "background premise" is much more interesting, the effects have more impact, and the cinematography is much better. In fact you get more packed into this 15 minute movie than The Ring Two itself. If you're a Ring fan, you should definitely check this one out.
The story of this short 16 minute film is basically a video journal of a teenager named Jake, who is shown the cursed tape of Somara. It seems that the cursed tape has become a real phenomenon among teenagers who like viewing the tape to experience all the strange visuals. These teenagers form groups which guarantee your survival by setting up someone to see the tape before your seven days are up. Jake's friends are real jackasses though and leave him high and dry to die as they want to see what happens on the seventh day. Desperate to live Jake starts calling around school trying to find someone else to pass the curse onto.
The film does have a lot of interesting visuals and camera shots but plot does break some rules established in The Ring. The idea have having the cursed tape becoming a popular phenomenon among teenagers is interesting and would be better off exploring in a full length film but overall this "tie-in" to connect the stories of The Ring and The Ring Two is rather pointless. I do have to laugh at the people who bought this DVD when it was first released as it was re-released on the unrated edition of the The Ring Two DVD. Oh, you have to love money grabbing Hollywood sometimes!