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12 Reasons Why We Were All So Damn Scared of Sadako

Just a little tribute to the scariest white lady in cinema
by Gelo Gonzales | Sep 24, 2013
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A ghost that needs no introduction, Sadako was once accountable for a lot of sleepless nights and for turning the ordinary television into an object of terror in her film, The Ring.

Originally released in 1998, the Japanese film The Ring became a cult hit in the early 2000s in the Philippines, right when pirated DVDs were starting to take off. Like the legendary cursed tape in the film itself, the film spread through word of mouth. Some of us who were in high school when the franchise took off spoke of it in pseudo-mysterious tones: “Pare napanood mo na ba yung The Ring? Eto panoorin mo…pero pagkatapos mong panoorin, ipapanood mo sa iba ha…

To refresh your memory, The Ring’s curse spread through a videotape. Watch it, and you’ve got seven days to live. Sometimes, you’ll get mysterious calls. At the end of seven days, if you don’t pass the tape off to someone else and have them watch it, a lady comes for you—conveniently through your TV screen. Her name? Sadako Yamamura, she of the buhaghag hair and dirty white dress.

With a new film coming out this week, Sadako 2 3D, we decided to revisit the freaky lass. Granted, the new films (a prequel, Sadako 3D, came out last year) haven’t exactly been keeping us up all night, having lost the atmosphere that the original films were known for—which only makes it more important for us to remind ourselves how Sadako scared the snakeshit out of us!

First, let's reacquaint ourselves with the cursed videotape that started it all:

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