The Ruins

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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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"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.

Cast

Jonathan Tucker
as Jeff McIntire
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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  • Dec 29, 2013
    Like most horror movies 'The Ruins' (2008) is formulaic, with characters who are written for the audience to see them suffer in excruciatingly repulsive ways. Yet the acting is actually pretty decent and there are some nifty gore effects to keep horror fans rather engaged. But still, there are far better films out there.
    Noah N Super Reviewer
  • Aug 05, 2013
    The Ruins is a nice little low budget ecological thriller, it has good amount of scares but the focus on gore wasn't really great for the film itself. The characters are way too stupid to be realistic and there were quite a bit of plot holes involved, what a shame.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Dec 05, 2012
    [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] 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.
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 11, 2012
    The Ruins is an interesting little horror flick. The premise is very good, unfortunately it ends up being a decent horror flick. Throughout the years, there has been many horror films dealing with nature, The Ruins is yet another film in this genre of horror and instead of killer animals, we have plants that mutilate their victims. The film is decent, and though is lacking in some areas, manages to deliver intense moments of gross out horror. Carter Smith direction is good, somewhat unfocused; which makes this film not as good as it could be. Overall The Ruins is decent, but I felt it lacked anything to really make it a memorable horror flick. Gore fans will probably find this film appealing because there is plenty of good gore elements in this film. I found myself to cringe a few times here and there. Acting wise, there's nothing really remarkable. There's some good horror here, however The Ruins will not be seen as a memorable film in the genre. This is a different type of nature goes wild film, and it's quite interesting, but it could have been much better than this. The film has a decent plot with good gore effects, and it has the potential in being much better, unfortunately the film has limitations and it doesn't really take off. Entertaining, but flawed; The Ruins is a decent but imperfect attempt at horror. Still worth watching, just don't expect a film that delivers terrific scares.
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