The Ruins (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Ruins (2008)



Critic Consensus: Despite a solid cast and truly frightening source material, The Ruins founders, thanks to a weak script and an excess of gore.

Movie Info

"The Ruins" follows a group of friends who become entangled in a brutal struggle for survival after visiting a remote archaeological dig in the Mexican jungle - where they discover something deadly living among the ruins.more
Rating: R (for strong violence and gruesome images, language, some sexuality and nudity)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By: ,
Written By: Scott B. Smith
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 8, 2008
Box Office: $17.4M
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Jonathan Tucker
as Jeff McIntire
Joe Anderson
as Mathias
Sergio Calderón
as Lead Mayan
Jesse Ramirez
as Mayan Bowman
Balder Moreno
as Mayan Horseman
Mario Jurado
as Mayan Archer
Luis Antonio Ramos
as Mayan Rifleman No.1
Walter Quispe
as Mayan Rifleman No.2
Pauline Whyman
as Wailing Woman
Nathan Vega
as Mayan Boy
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News & Interviews for The Ruins

Critic Reviews for The Ruins

All Critics (94) | Top Critics (16)

If you fancy a goofy little thrill that's a ray of sunshine compared to the usual glut of gloomy slasher flicks and tawdry torture pornos, The Ruins is just what the doctor ordered.

Full Review… | October 14, 2012

Tourists vs. flesh-eating vines; guess who wins?

Full Review… | December 17, 2010
Common Sense Media

Watchable killer-plant horror movie.

Full Review… | August 22, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Who really needs to see some guy slice into a woman's lower back, dig around in there with his fingers, and then reel in a four-foot length of tapewormlike vine? I mean, really.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Georgia Straight

So bereft of creativity that it fails even to deliver to its base--teenage boys--the ghouls and boobs they so desperately want to see.

Full Review… | August 8, 2009
Reverse Shot

If it could happen to these kids, smart and beautiful, then it sure as shit is going to happen to me.

Full Review… | July 23, 2009
Film Freak Central

Audience Reviews for The Ruins

This was better than i expected. Decent ride. Some gorey parts on the unrated version may be a bit too much for some.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Mainstream horror film that dares to get nasty a couple of times, when a few American tourists decide to visit mysterious Mexican ruins in the jungle. The secret behind the eerie events is maybe revealed a tad too soon, and turns out to be a little silly, too, but there is a pretty decent sense of suspension throughout the entire film, as the situation gets more and more dire for the protagonists. Especially the somewhat unusual setting works in favor of the film's atmosphere and the characters are believable enough and not the generic idiots that add one bad decision after another. It also helps that the ending is neither preachy nor falls back on the last second scare. Pretty decent.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer



While a cheesy poster and an unimaginative title might lead you to believe that The Ruins is probably nothing more than a very generic nature horror flick the payoff is actually an increasingly suspenseful, and blood soaked squirmer. When I look at a lot of the horror films of recent years which take groups of beautiful teenagers into dangerous environments I see no signs of real quality. But watching this little film my faith in creature features was instantly resurrected. The acting is noticeably strong, although it's not explored further with character development it's easy to forgive because of the sheer skill at hand and how effectively filmed and brutally straight-faced it manages to unfold without at any point becoming laughable. As a regular viewer of horror, I found that to be the triumph. It is a very under rated film. It's nothing that remarkable but was born out of an original idea and is made pretty well on it's low budget. As an adaptation to the Scott Smith novel of the same name, I can't judge it. As a genre piece however, I don't think it is getting the full credit that it truly deserves. With a solid cast, a genuinely intriguing premise and a sick and bloody sense of mind it will indisputably work for the crowd it's going for. And I for one am part of it. While it does unfold with some of the typical slasher cliches, it got so much underneath my skin I simply didn't care. It's essentially a horror film that has ancient killer plants for it's antagonist in the same way as The Day Of The Triffids, it frightened me and didn't leave me rolling on the floor laughing, that just demonstrates how well made it is. It doesn't do anything new but as perfectly well constructed disgusting horror it really gets the job done, especially in a world where the great value of horror in cinema has become rare.

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