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Where was The Ring filmed?

2002

About The Ring

The Ring, directed by Gore Verbinski, is a remake of the Japanese film Ringu, based on the novel by Koji Suzuki by the same name. The Ring was filmed in 2001 and released on October 18th, 2002. The Ring was the first in a series, which then gave rise to The Ring Two, released in 2005, and Rings in 2017. The Ring was instrumental in showing the English-speaking world the beauty of films in the Japanese horror genre, which was further seen by the remake of films like The Eye, Shutter, Dark Water, and The Grudge. After its release, global audiences received The Ring exceptionally well, grossing over $249 million on a $48 million budget.

For the casting of The Ring, Gore Verbinski chose actors who were not superstars but were known for their excellent acting quality. The main lead of Rachel Keller was played by the immensely talented Naomi Watts, the son Aidan Keller was portrayed by David Dorfman, and the father Noah Clay was carried forward by Martin Henderson. The eerie, unhinged, psychic ghost of Samara Morgan is played by Daveigh Chase. Apart from these, other notable characters are Samara's adoptive parents, Richard Morgan (portrayed by Brian Cox) and Anna Morgan (played by Shannon Cochran).

The story starts with the death of news investigator Rachel Keller's niece, Katie (Amber Tamblyn), due to a mysterious videotape. It is rumored that anyone who sees this videotape dies within seven days. Rachel starts investigating her niece's death when she traces the tape's origin to an Inn where Katie and her friends had gone the weekend before their deaths.

What follows is a series of shocking revelations, where Rachel inadvertently puts her life, her ex's life, and her son's life in danger because of the tape. She must solve the case, find a solution, and get the mystery girl in the videotape justice, all before her time runs out within seven days.

City Locations

Monroe, Stanwood, Snohomish County, Seattle, King County, Washington, Astoria, Newport, Oregon, Los Angeles, California

Location Types

American, Apartment, Beach, Cabins, House, NatureScapes, Rustic, Automotive, Buildings/ Offices, Diners

Location Styles

Americana, Bed & Breakfast, Boat Style, Bus, Modern Car, Neglected, Gothic, Hotel/ Motel Style

The Ring Locations

The eeriness of the horror premise coupled with all The Ring action scenes made for some excellent filming locations. Many viewers were awed and horrified by the horse suicide scene, the scenes with Aidan, and Rachel's many realizations. The unhinged fear, terror build-up, and eventual rollercoaster conclusion were made excellent using some excellent filming locations.

The Ring was filmed in Bellingham, Whatcom County, Whidbey Island, Island County, Monroe, Stanwood, Snohomish County, Seattle, King County, Washington, Astoria, Newport, Oregon, and Los Angeles, California.

Most of the scenes with Aidan and Rachel were shot in Seattle, especially the houses. However, the shooting of the remaining film took The Ring production team and the actors all over the countryside of Washington and California states.

Seattle was chosen as the central filming hub because of its wet and isolated feel. It was much easier for the team to cast a blue, hazy hue to the overall filming to push the horror-esque feeling to the entire sequence.

Washington state and California are gorgeous places to visit, and most visitors will find a host of things to do, gastronomical wonders, entertainment, nightlife, and people to meet.

Fun fact:

The producer and director admitted that The Ring went into production without a wholly completed script. As the shooting commenced, three screenplay drafts were rewritten before a final was chosen.

Katie admits to Becca she has already seen the tape scene in The Ring

413 South McCadden Place, Los Angeles

Katherine 'Katie' Embry (Amber Tamblyn) and Rebecca 'Becca' Kotler (Rachael Bella) are watching TV at Katie's house. Becca tells Katie about a videotape that kills people when they watch it. When Katie asks what kind of tape, Becca explains, "You start to play it, and it's like somebody's nightmare. Then suddenly, this woman comes on, smiling at you, right? Seeing you through the screen. And as soon as it's over your phone rings. Someone knows you've watched it. And what they say is, 'you will die in seven days.' And exactly seven days later…."

Katie asks Becca, "Who told you that? Who?" Becca responds, "Somebody from Revere. I don't know." When Katie interrupts Becca again, Becca gets agitated and asks, "What's your problem?" Katie admits, "I've watched it." Becca scoffs and says, "It's a story, Katie." Katie panics and says, "No, no. Me and Josh, we saw it last weekend."

The filming location of The Ring scene with Katie and Becca is a privately owned residence at 413 South McCadden Place in Hancock Park, West 4th street in Los Angeles. To get to the house at 413 S McCadden Place, hop onto bus number 212, and get off at La Brea/ 3rd. Once you alight, the walk is approximately 10 – 12 minutes.

Rachel and Aidan getting dressed for Katie's funeral scene in The Ring

Harbor Steps Apartments, 1200 Western Avenue, Seattle

Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) is at home with her son, Aidan Keller (David Dorfman). She is agitated because she can't find her black dress for her niece Katie's funeral. She's highly overwrought and constantly asks her son Aidan, "Honey?! Have you seen my black dress? Aidan?"

Since her son doesn't respond, Rachel quickly wears alternative clothes and walks out to find Aidan knotting his tie, dressed in a black suit.

Aidan has very sweetly laid out his mother's black dress and shoes with some jewelry, so she doesn't lose time while getting dressed. He says to Rachel without looking at her, "It's a little wrinkled."

This is one of the best scenes in The Ring since audiences know the horror that takes over later. This shot is particularly poignant because it shows the love and understanding between mother and son.

The apartment building featured here is Harbor Steps Apartments, 1200 Western Avenue, Seattle. Getting here is relatively easy since visitors can hop onto bus number 550, get off at 4th Avenue and Seneca Street, and walk for a few minutes. The apartment building is full of residents, so you may not be allowed to visit the exact location.

Rachel picks up Katie's photos scene in The Ring

1923 Fifth Avenue, Seattle

While Rachel is going through Katie's scrapbook about fashion, she is disturbed by what she finds. Katie has scribbled over all the faces of the models in her scrapbook. While their bodies and clothes are left intact, each face has been scratched over with a black pen, like a curtain of hair covering their faces. As she is going over each magazine cut-out and collage, she comes across a receipt for photographs given for development at 'Next Day Premium Photo Processing' at 1925 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101.

Pocketing the receipt, she goes the next day to collect the photographs. Rachel goes through the pictures and finds photos of the Shelter Mountain Inn, where Katie and her friends spent the weekend. As she goes through the pictures, she suddenly finds images where the faces of all the teenagers are blurred. She investigates the deaths of all the teenagers in the photos and murmurs to herself, "10 pm. 10 pm."

While The Ring filming locations are varied, this one is within Seattle city limits. The original filming location is 1923 Fifth Avenue, beneath the Seattle Monorail. Fans of The Ring can get here by hopping onto the Green 1-Line monorail and alighting at Westlake Station. The walk to 1923 Fifth Avenue from this station is 3 to 4 minutes.

Rachel traces the origin of the tape to an Inn scene in The Ring

Camp Firwood, 4605 Cable Street, Lake Whatcom Waterfront, Washington

Rachel realizes that Katie and her friends stayed over at The Shelter Inn the weekend before Katie died. Rachel also found disturbing photographs from the time the teenagers stayed there, so she decided to investigate further and checks into the Inn. While Rachel enters, the Innkeeper (Richard Lineback) at the reception asks her to pick a card before greeting her.

Rachel quits playing his game and asks him, "I was wondering if you remember someone from a week ago." She says, "It's my niece. She sort of ran out on her parents. I have some photos right here." He identifies that the four (now deceased) teenagers stayed at Cabin 12 but didn't pay at checkout. While Rachel is looking around, she finds the black, unnamed videotape kept with the rest of the movie tapes.

The Ring production team chose the area of Camp Firwood at 4605 Cable Street on the Lake Whatcom Waterfront in Washington for the shooting of The Shelter Mountain Inn scenes. Fans wishing to drive here will be pleasantly surprised by the picturesque nature of the area. However, if you prefer public transport, hop onto bus number 512 and get off at Cable St and Geneva St. This is the Camp Firwood stop, and the entrance is less than a minute away.

Rachel questions the institutionalized Becca scene in The Ring

Metropolitan State Hospital, 11401 Bloomfield Avenue, Los Angeles

Rachel realizes that she has plenty of questions about Katie's death and decides to visit Katie's friend, Becca, at a mental institution. Rachel asks, "Becca, do you remember anything about that night with Katie? Do you remember how she died? Becca?" Becca is blankly staring at a spot on the table and not meeting Rachel's eyes.

Rachel continues, "She told you about a videotape, didn't she? She was afraid, wasn't she? Something was happening to her. Becca, how did Katie die? Please, I need to know." Becca finally looks at Rachel and says, "And you will. She'll show you." Rachel asks Becca, "Who? Who will show me?" Becca turns Rachel's hands over and says, "Not now. 4 days." Rachel is shocked at how astute Becca is and how she figured it out.

Out of all The Ring locations, this is the most functional. It sticks to the scene's original setting since the filming occurred at the Metropolitan State Hospital, a psychiatric facility. Getting to the hospital is quite simple. All you need to do is get onto bus number 7 and get off at the Bloomfield Avenue and Lakeland Road stop. It's a few minutes' walk from this stop.

Rachel has a chat with Richard Morgan scene in The Ring

Emerald Glen Farm, 23200 Yeager Road, Monroe, Washington.

Rachel follows the trail of clues from the videotape coupled with factual evidence till she realizes she must meet Mr. Richard Morgan (Brian Cox) at his horse ranch. She finally reaches the farm, walks straight up to Morgan, and says, "Excuse me, Mr. Morgan. I was wondering if you'd have a moment to speak with me. My name's Rachel Keller. I'm a writer with the 'Seattle P.I.'" Morgan shakes his head and says, "You want to know about the horses."

Rachels realizes she might have come across as rude, so she follows Morgan, saying, "I'm sorry, I didn't mean to… it's just that I wasn't able to find a number to reach you." Morgan says, "Every now and then a writer comes along.. heard about what happened. What's left to write about though, I don't know."

The Ring film scene of Morgan Ranch is the Emerald Glen Farm at 23200 Yeager Road at Monroe. It's north of Seattle and is approximately an hour's drive from the city. Fans can take a road trip via WA-522 E to Woods Creek Rd in Monroe to get here. From the turning to Woods Creek and Yeager Road, the farm is approximately 5 minutes. The Ring fans can spend the day here, breathe fresh air, and check out the local produce.

Conclusion

The Ring, like the original Japanese Ringu, was a masterpiece. The film was undoubtedly successful because it was the first in a brand new 'Ring' series. The remake was compelling and medium-paced, with several unique 'hidden' aspects to discover about Samara – our favorite psychic ghost and her unrelenting secrets.

The filming locations and places were fabulous. Everything from the start of the film with two girls discussing a tape in the bedroom to the scenes across horse ranches, ferries, horse suicides, car rides in the middle of thick forests, and of course, the infamous lighthouse, were absolute stunners. The blue-gray and near-constant wet hue added to the overall horror feel of the movie and made the film even more sinister than it already is.

The cast and crew did a fantastic job bringing evil and horror to the big screen, with Naomi Watts playing the perfect aunt and mother.