Geekery: ‘The Ritual’ Proves Taking the Short Cut is a Bad Idea

Horror movies haven’t taught this group of guys going for a hike in the wilderness anything.

A group of friends venture into the forests of Sweden to reminisce about days past and honor a friend. An injury occurs, a short cut is decided on, and then things go horribly wrong. They start finding mutilated corpses and strange objects in the woods, and are plagued by a mysterious and nefarious force. They turn against one another. Who will make it out of the woods alive?

I’ll just start with the obvious: on the surface this movie is a total horror movie cliché. Blair Witch? Dead Snow? Kill List? The source material has won awards (Adam Nevill’s The Ritual won the August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel), however, so it might not be the shallow story the trailer presents. We can hope.

It comes with an ominous tagline: “The deeper you go, the scarier it becomes.”

Nevill’s novel was adapted for the screen by Andy Serkis’ The Imaginarium production house, and directed by David Bruckner (of V/H/S fame). Rafe Spall (PrometheusBlack Mirror), Robert James-Collier (Downton Abbey), Arsher Ali (Four Lions), and Sam Troughton (AVP: Alien vs. Predator) lead the cast.

As with Bright and Altered Carbon – this looks like a decent movie for a Friday night in. Gather some friends, order a pizza, have a scare. It’s bound to be better than spending $12 on a ticket to see 50 Shades: Freed, which comes out the same weekend.

The Ritual hits Netflix on February 9th.

  • dave long island

    I pitched a tent in Vegas once… lol

    • euansmith

      That’s a euphemism, right?

      • Hagwert

        As long as he didn’t ask a boy scout to help him it’s all legal and above board !

      • dave long island

        Yah um… Hey, here’s a funny tent related portlandia video lol…. https://youtu.be/m9Jk-ePLPwE

    • JamesD

      What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas…. except hero’s, that’s with you for life.

  • dave long island

    Looks good enough. The movie ‘Hereditary’ really spooked peeps at Sundance this year. I’d like to see a trailer of that.

  • JPMcMillen

    Oh yea, lets take a shortcut in the middle of nowhere. That never turns out to be a bad idea*.

    * When you’re the writer, not so much for the characters.

  • euansmith

    It looks like the makers have remembered that what makes a horror movie scary is the reaction of the characters. American horror movies went through that stage where everyone was blasé and would give little screams at the jump scares, but then laugh it all off. One thing I liked about Ju-on was the way that even the ghost in that appeared to be terrified about what was going to happen next.

  • Hagwert

    ” Stay on the path and beware the mo…..oh, they’ve already gone..idiots, don’t they know the British countryside is full of werewolves, blood thirsty yokels and the undead, at least that’s what every London based film maker seems to think ! “