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The Ritual (2017)

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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Following the sudden, violent death of their best mate, four young men reunite for a hike through the Scandinavian wilderness. Deep in the black, Nordic forest they find themselves lost in a hell of sinister nightmares and pagan sacrifices. For these ancient woods are home to a malevolent deity which will force them to face the darkness inside themselves.

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Critic Reviews for The Ritual

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The most disappointing kind of bad horror movie: the kind that's too smart to be this dumb.

February 9, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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.

February 8, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

February 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Attempts to put a twist on the Blair Witch formula but demonstrates surprisingly little imagination.

February 7, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…

A superior B-movie shocker set in the hinterlands of northern Sweden.

October 16, 2017 | Full Review…

If it lacks the originality and sheer muscle of the best horror fare, this does offer an astute take on fragile thirtysomething machismo.

October 11, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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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?

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

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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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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