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.
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|Rating:||R (for strong violence and gruesome images, language, some sexuality and nudity)|
|Genre:||Mystery & Suspense, Horror|
|Directed By:||Carter Smith, Carter B. Smith|
|Written By:||Scott B. Smith|
|In Theaters:||Apr 4, 2008 Wide|
|On DVD:||Jul 8, 2008|
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as Jeff McIntire
as Lead Mayan
as Mayan Bowman
as Mayan Horseman
as Taxi Driver
as Mayan Archer
as Mayan Rifleman No.1
as Mayan Rifleman No.2
as Wailing Woman
as Mayan Boy
as Mayan Girl
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Critic Reviews for The Ruins
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.
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.
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.
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.
A decent and tense horror film that is well paced and relies on a good cast, turning a rather silly premise into something surprisingly terrifying. It is only a shame that it ends on such an unsatisfying conclusion (I prefer the alternative ending).
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.
The Ruins Quotes
|Stacy:||[hurrying to catch the bus] Jeff is going to be pissed if we miss it.|
|Eric:||Oh, the terrible wrath of Jeff, followed by I'm sure the more frightening whining of Amy.|
|Amy:||We're being quarantined here. We're being kept here to die.|
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