It's Coming From Inside the House! Watch 'The Ring' (2002) With MoPOP + Special Guest Matt Lynch From Seattle's Scarecrow Video!
The Museum of Pop Culture's monthly horror watchalong film series is back in August and we are going to be celebrating some hometown heroes.
Scarecrow Video is the largest independent video store in the United States and a non-profit archive. They are dedicated to celebrating film in all its forms, and are staunch supporters of film culture all over the Pacific Northwest, and if you live in Seattle or have visited their store, you know the power of wandering the aisles and diving deep into the VHS boxes and cases of actual, honest-to-goodness physical copies of your favorite genres. It’s intoxicating and humbling to be around all of those films!
We asked Matt Lynch from Scarecrow Video to choose a film that they feel deserves a spot on MoPOP’s list of 100+ Horror Films to See Before You Die, and he selected Gore Verbinski’s 2002 remake of the Japanese horror classic, The Ring, which is set in Seattle and stands as one of the finest examples of Asian horror remakes from the 2000s.
Here’s a handful of program elements that you can expect to see Friday, August 20:
Pre-film introduction with MoPOP’s Robert Rutherford and Scarecrow Video’s Matt Lynch.
Cheap-as-heck quarantine cosplay
Chat with Robert, Matt and other fans during the film
Post-film discussion and Q&A with Robert and Matt – be a part of the conversation!
As with all of our virtual events, you'll need to register in advance to attend. This program uses a pay-what-you-can ticket model — every little bit helps! All proceeds contribute to MoPOP programming, along with the preservation of our collection and our educational initiatives, all of which support our mission of making creative expression a life-changing force.
After registration, instructions on how to join the program will be e-mailed to you. If you happen to own a copy of the film, make sure to get it queued up at 7 p.m. PT on Friday, August 20. Otherwise, here's where you can find The Ring (2002)online:
Matt Lynch has worked at Scarecrow Video for almost 18 years and still hasn't run out of movies to watch. He's also a member of the Seattle Film Critics Society, co-host of thriller podcast The Suspense is Killing Us, a bartender, and a devoted dog dad.