20. Ringu (1998). The original Japanese version of The Ring is a deep and spooky examination of media, family, and the encroachment of technology into our collective consciousness and mythologies. As a desperate mother and father race to uncover the secret of the mysterious videotape tied to the deaths of several teenagers, they find an ever-expanding story of love, tragedy, and parapsychology gone horribly wrong. This movie remains spooky and effective, even after the backwash of sub-par American remakes of Japanese horror movies that drowned audiences for a few years.