The Ritual

The Ritual

David Bruckner (2017)

15 Certificate
Sat 24 Apr 10:55pm - 12:45am Film4


Our Score
Director David Bruckner's deft adaptation of Adam Nevill's acclaimed novel is an effective serving of woodland terror, proving old-school horror can be upgraded in a chillingly relevant way. After the violent murder of their best friend, four mates go on a hike of remembrance in northern Sweden's mountain terrain. Taking an ill-advised shortcut through dense forest, they stumble on a derelict cabin where their pagan nightmares truly begin. Commandeering imagery from The Wicker Man, Troll Hunter and the Blair Witch franchise, Bruckner creates some nerve-shredding tension amid all the bickering. Rafe Spall holds it all together beautifully, as guilt over his friend's death transforms into courage to take on evil itself.


A group of college friends reunite for a hiking trip in Sweden. When one of them is injured, they are forced to make a risky detour through a forest during a rainstorm, which leads them into the clutches of a menacing presence stalking the woods. Horror based on Adam Nevill's novel, starring Rafe Spall and Robert James-Collier.

Cast & Crew

Luke Rafe Spall
Hutch Rob James-Collier
Phil Arsher Ali
Dom Sam Troughton
Director David Bruckner

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment OneGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVDReleased on: 13 Oct 2017