Today in Movie History: January 31

It’s another quiet day today, with just two notable features to discuss. We’ll start with the freaky one: Ringu, the film which, along with The Grudge, set the pace for the J-horror movement of the late 1990s. Gore Verbinski remade it as the smash hit The Ring, but the original is far more unsettling. It opened in Japan today in 1998.

On a lighter note, there’s Down and Out in Beverly Hills: the story of a dysfunctional rich family whose lives get turned upside down when they take in a homeless man after he tries to drown himself in their pool, became a huge hit for the then-nascent Touchstone Pictures. Every frame screams 1980s, but if you can get past that, it remains a delight. It opened today in 1986.

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