The Ritual

The Ritual

The Ritual

Rafe Spall (Life of Pi) and Robert James-Collier (TV's Downton Abbey) are among a group of friends who find themselves being stalked in the woods in this British horror.

College friends Luke (Spall), Hutch (James-Collier), Phil (Arsher Ali) and Dom (Sam Troughton) decide to take a hiking trip in the Swedish wilderness to reminisce about old times. But the inexperienced hikers soon find themselves hopelessly lost and as night closes in, tempers start to fray and they take shelter in an abandoned shack. Inside they discover the macabre artefacts of some unknown ritual and, during the night, each of the group suffers vivid, terrifying nightmares. As their friendships begin to crack and old resentments surface they become increasingly desperate to escape the woods. But they are not alone. Someone, or something, malevolent is watching them, intent on making them face their deepest fears and ensuring they never leave.

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Horror
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Surely the best Yank-directed horror movie about English blokes terrorized by monsters in Romania-posing-as-Sweden that you'll see this year.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Entertaining, engrossing and at times genuinely unnerving, Bruckner's bad trip is one for horror fans to relish.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

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

3.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The Ritual is an efficient, well-made if programmatic Brit horror, with good effects and a big monstrous reveal intelligently withheld.

3.0
0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Starting off in Blair Witch country before detouring into The Wicker Man, the film impresses with the way it deftly weaves together different horror tropes to excellent effect.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

It may not rise above skilfully delivering horror tropes, but connoisseurs will eat up its refusal to wink at them.

3.0
0

The Ritual, with some recognisable faces, takes Adam Neville's excellent horror novel and conceptualises it for a broader audience, and in a rare moment of cinematographic history actually improves the ending of the book (which I feel becomes somewhat contrived towards the end). The film sets a quick-march pace early on, and manages to maintain this pace...

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Surely the best Yank-directed horror movie about English blokes terrorized by monsters in Romania-posing-as-Sweden that you'll see this year.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Entertaining, engrossing and at times genuinely unnerving, Bruckner's bad trip is one for horror fans to relish.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

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

3.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The Ritual is an efficient, well-made if programmatic Brit horror, with good effects and a big monstrous reveal intelligently withheld.

3.0
0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Starting off in Blair Witch country before detouring into The Wicker Man, the film impresses with the way it deftly weaves together different horror tropes to excellent effect.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

It may not rise above skilfully delivering horror tropes, but connoisseurs will eat up its refusal to wink at them.

3.0
0

The Ritual, with some recognisable faces, takes Adam Neville's excellent horror novel and conceptualises it for a broader audience, and in a rare moment of cinematographic history actually improves the ending of the book (which I feel becomes somewhat contrived towards the end). The film sets a quick-march pace early on, and manages to maintain this...

4.0
0