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The Ritual

  • Horror
  • Drama
  • 2017
  • David Bruckner
  • 90 mins
  • 15

Summary

Horror starring Rafe Spall. Four university mates are stalked by evil when they go hiking in Sweden to honour the memory of a friend who was violently murdered. After discovering a cabin in the woods, the group are menaced by a pagan presence in an ordeal that tests their friendships and forces them to come to terms with the past.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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LukeRafe Spall
HutchRob James-Collier
PhilArsher Ali
DomSam Troughton

Crew

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DirectorDavid Bruckner

Details

Theatrical distributor
Entertainment One
Released on
2017-10-13
Languages
English | Swedish
Guidance
Violence, swearing.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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