"The Ring" is as great as its premise sounds like, but adds much more depth. Most of the movie focuses around the main character's research of the origin of an ominous video tape that is said to kill everyone who watches it one week later. As she watched the tape herself, her time is limited. Whilst it contains several suspenseful moments, it turns out to have a much more sentimental and heartbreaking background, making this more than just a cheap thrill ride. It is basef around the japanese 90s movie "Ringu", but despite the short period of time that passed between the two versions, this isn't simply a copy of the original, it adds much more to the plot, expanding the back story.
As good as it is, it is not a children's movie. The video tape itself consists of several darkly surreal images (including, but not limited to, a beach full of dead horses, a needle piercing a finger, a woman jumping off a cliff, etc.), but they are very brief and out of context. Overall, this is not the violent kins of horror, it is more psychologically dark. As the events surrounding the tape get unveiled, we get to know about a very tragic death and see it in a flashback. It is nothing gory but emotionally upsetting. One minor character kills themself by going into a bathtub with a video recorder (on-screen), another one is killed off-screen in the opening scene but her body is later found with a horribly disfigured face (nothing gory). A horse jumps off a boat and is sucked under it (blood is seen in the water). This is not a movie that dwells on gore and injury, none of the violence is graphic. It however can be vers unsettling at times, as well as emotionally upsetting and tragic.
However, teens should be fine with this film.