So, “Ringu” was not really a pioneer for anything.
Silly Americans, silly Europeans.
For the Japanese, the "evil long black hair" was already old news since this 1977 movie "House" was out.
This movie has everything; talking heads, talking cracking breaking mirrors, wells, evil in the water, flesh eating pianos, fingers with life of their own, not to mention the hot Japanese girl in the bathtub being attacked by, what else? … the evil long black hair …
This is the most surreal movie I have ever seen ....... After this, everything else seems like an imitation … well … apart from the Argento movies OFCOURSE ;) Let’s not fuck with the MASTER yeah? ;)
(if you can't see the trailer above, go here: Trailer for House aka Hausu (1977)