The Ritual (2017)
Critic Consensus: Director David Bruckner makes evocative use of the Scandinavian setting and a dedicated cast to deliver a handsome -- if familiar -- horror story.
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Critic Reviews for The Ritual
The most disappointing kind of bad horror movie: the kind that's too smart to be this dumb.
Efficient and highly effective in its style, relying on sound, creepy production design, and the men's own fear and misjudgment to create the sense of pervasive doom.
The Ritual, too, on occasion achieves a tense and devilish power, leaving you in the dark with these guys trying to figure out what that thing can mean. In these moments, the forest seems wilder than it is.
Attempts to put a twist on the Blair Witch formula but demonstrates surprisingly little imagination.
A superior B-movie shocker set in the hinterlands of northern Sweden.
Audience Reviews for The Ritual
I'm sorry, but who the fuck, with no promotional material, and with a name as generic as The fuckin' Ritual, told this movie, it was allowed to be so good?
A group gets lost in the woods at night --- the Swedish woods, in Sweden mind you, and you KNOW what that means. It means lots if scenes with flashlights pointed at trees in the dark and people saying "did you hear that? There's something out there!" Where have I seen this before? Oh, its Blair Witch, only with English accents this time and they're in Sweden! Apparently the English consider Sweden their equivalent to back country rural America! I didn't know that. Because otherwise I got nothing from this. See it if you haven't seen Blair Witch.
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