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Film Review: ‘Slumber’

Film Review: ‘Slumber’
A not-uncommon condition in which awakening sufferers are conscious but unable to move, sometimes while experiencing fearsome hallucinations, sleep paralysis is natural fodder for horror movies. Its treatment so far has been uninspired, with the partial exception of director Rodney Ascher’s 2015 “The Nightmare,” a semi-documentary in which real-life patients were interviewed, and their waking dreams limned by actors. The phenomenon itself has existed throughout recorded history, inevitably tempting supernatural explanations — a leap that’s easy to fathom, since so many of the afflicted report being menaced in their altered state by ghostly “shadow men.”

Purportedly “inspired by real accounts,” as an opening text duly informs, “Slumber” looks for a while like an above-average treatment of the subject in genre terms. Director/co-writer Jonathan Hopkins sets his tale primarily in the milieu of medical sleep-disorder research, imbuing that environment with a chilly unease, while a cast led by executive producer Maggie Q treats the scenario with admirable
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Review: The Ritual (2017)

The shadow of The Blair Witch Project certainly looms large over any Horror movie that ventures into the woods. Be it the countless Found Footage capers set inside a dark, treacherous, vegetative coated hell on earth or the other entries in the genre that feature young people lost at nature being dispatched by something gruesome and (mostly) unseen. So doing something different with the setting is a big ask but we’ll settle for just an interesting addition to the pile and while The Ritual is flawed and not exactly original, it boasts something many of its ilk do not…strong characters.

Starting with an unexpected but thoroughly interesting narrative set-up, The Ritual immediately grabs your attention with a ruthless moment of realistic nastiness, which leads onto the plot ahead. Based on the Horror novel by Adam Nevill, the film sees four guys reunite abroad for an ‘at one with nature’ holiday,
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Win a Merchandise Pack from The Ritual

The Ritual, starring Rafe Spall, Robert James-Collier, Arsher Ali and Sam Troughton is now in theatres everywhere! It's a funny yet terrifying psychological horror that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout! To celebrate this terrifying new release we have teamed up with Entertainment One to give you the chance of winning a fantastic merchandise pack which includes a sleeping bag, maglite torch, first aid kit, leather bound hip flask and a copy of the original novel by Adam Nevill.. Contest Ends on Friday, October 27, 2017
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Movie Review – The Ritual (2017)

The Ritual, 2017.

Directed by David Bruckner.

Starring Rafe Spall, Robert James-Collier, Arsher Ali, Sam Troughton and Paul Reid.

Synopsis:

A group of college friends reunite for a trip to the forest, but encounter a menacing presence in the woods that’s stalking them.

After their friend is tragically killed during a robbery, 4 of his friends Luke (Spall), Hutch (James-Collier), Phil (Ali) and Dom (Troughton) embark on a hike in the Swedish wilderness to honour their friend. Along the way they encounter something strange in the woods that begins to hunt them.

The Ritual is a typical British horror film and by that I mean that there are a ton of laughs to start with, characters who you genuinely empathise with and some legitimate scares. Our main character is Luke (Spall) who is dealing with his guilt over his friend’s demise, something that haunts him all the way through the film.
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The Ritual movie review: into the woods

MaryAnn’s quick take… A horror movie for grownups, dripping with the dread of a fairy tale of yore, primitive and atavistic, drawing on profound human pain and fear. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): I usually don’t find horror movies scary

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Life lesson from The Ritual: There’s no such thing as a “shortcut” through a deep dark ancient forest. Four British friends, former university pals — Rafe Spall (Swallows and Amazons), Robert James-Collier, Arsher Ali (Doctor Who), and Sam Troughton (Vera Drake) — are on a hiking weekend in a hilly Swedish wilderness when one of them hurts his knee, badly. But cutting through the woods — the lodge is right on the other side, according to their map — turns out to be, er, a really bad idea.
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The Ritual review – lads' weekend turns surreal in lost-in-the-woods Brit horror

Rafe Spall stars in an efficient horror film with obvious hints of Deliverance and The Blair Witch Project

The Ritual is an efficient, well-made if programmatic Brit horror, with good effects and a big monstrous reveal intelligently withheld. It is adapted by Joe Barton from a 2011 bestseller by Adam Nevill, and directed by David Bruckner – who worked on the very interesting and creepy compilation movie V/H/S.

A group of guys go on a hiking weekend in a remote Swedish wood – they are Luke (Rafe Spall), Hutch (Rob James-Collier, who deserves more than to be known only as Mr Barrow from Downton Abbey), Phil (Arsher Ali) and Dom (Sam Troughton). They’ve been mates since uni and going away together is a tradition with them. But one of the gang is missing, having been killed during a robbery in a late-night shop after one of their lads’ nights out,
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Tiff 2017: ‘The Ritual’ Review: Dir. David Bruckner (2017)

The Ritual review: This wood-based horror is one of the most powerful and most terrifying films of the year.

The Ritual review by Luke Ryan Baldock.

Another autumn is upon us and that means horror films are rolling out as fast as leaves are falling from the trees. So amongst so many scares and jumps about to hit the cinema, why would anybody want to check out The Ritual, a British film that shoves some men into the Swedish woods? It takes from The Wicker-Man, The Descent, The Blair Witch Project, and Deliverance, with a bit of monster movie thrown in – meaning it’s far from original. So why go and see it? Because it’s bloody brilliant and genuinely terrifying.

The Ritual has a lot going for it in its opening scene. Luke (Rafe Spall), and old University buddies discuss an upcoming lads holiday with ideas from Ibiza to hiking in Sweden thrown around.
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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Ritual’

Toronto Film Review: ‘The Ritual’
There’s more than one way to die in the woods, although so far as horror-film narratives in that vein go, “The Blair Witch Project” has cast a bit too pervasive a shadow for nearly two decades now. Give “The Ritual” credit for feeling distinctly different from that model, even if this, too, is a story involving lost campers and some witchy doings. Beyond avoiding the whole found-footage device, David Bruckner’s first solo directorial feature (he was one of three helmers on 2017’s excellent “The Signal”) benefits from solid atmospherics that elevate a not-particularly-original conceit about four men encountering possibly supernatural menace while hiking in Northern Sweden.

In the end, the result may simply be a creditable cut above genre average. But it’s surely the best Yank-directed horror movie about English blokes terrorized by monsters in Romania-posing-as-Sweden that you’ll see this year. Joe Barton’s screenplay — adapted from Adam Nevill’s novel, and
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The Woods Get Scary Again In First Trailer For The Ritual

We’re please to bring you the first The Ritual trailer. The upcoming film follows a group of college who friends reunite for a trip to the forest, but encounter a menacing presence in the woods that’s stalking them. It’s a brand new horror movie coming to screens later in the year, and you can take a look at the first promo below.

If the name and the premise sound familiar, it’s because The Ritual is based on the novel of the same name, written by Adam Nevill. If you haven’t read it, it’s a corker and this trailer points to a rather faithful adaptation.

The Ritual stars Rafe Spall (The Bfg, The Big Short), Robert James Collier (Downton Abbey), Arsher Ali (The Missing, Line of Duty) and Sam Troughton (Robin Hood). It is directed by David Bruckner (V/H/S), The Ritual will be
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First poster and trailer for British horror The Ritual

Entertainment One has unveiled the first trailer and poster for the upcoming horror The Ritual. Directed by David Bruckner (Southbound), the film stars Rafe Spall (The Big Short), Robert James-Collier (Downton Abbey), Arsher Ali (Four Lions), and Sam Troughton (Robin Hood); take a look below…

After the death of their friend, a group of old college friends embark on a hiking trip through an unnerving Scandinavian forest. They should have gone to Vegas…

The Ritual is set for release on October 13th in the UK.
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New Trailer For Horror ‘The Ritual’ From ‘V/H/S’ Director David Bruckner Starring Rafe Spall

The standard rules for horror films are pretty simple, and mostly involve staying away from creepy places. Of course, those rules are routinely broken, which leads to all kinds of terror. And if we know anything from horror films, it’s this — stay away from the creepy forest. Of course, no one in “The Ritual” heeds that advice.

The new movie from David Bruckner (“V/H/S,” “Southbound“) stars Rafe Spall, Robert James-Collier, Arsher Ali and Sam Troughton, and follows four pals who go on a hiking trip, and decide to take a shortcut.

Continue reading New Trailer For Horror ‘The Ritual’ From ‘V/H/S’ Director David Bruckner Starring Rafe Spall at The Playlist.
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Rafe Spall stars in debut trailer for The Ritual

Author: Zehra Phelan

Mixing up a bit of witty banter with terrifying scenes, the debut trailer for The Signal’s David Bruckner’s next project, The Ritual, has landed.

Starring Rafe Spall (The Big Short, Life of Pi), Robert James-Collier (Downton Abbey, Spike Island), Arsher Ali (Line of Duty, Four Lions) and Sam Troughton (Robin Hood, Alien vs. Predator), The Ritual tells the story of a group of friends who take on a hiking holiday in honour of a friend who was murdered at the hands of a criminal. What lays ahead of them in a remote Scandinavian forest proves it might not have been the best idea they’ve ever had.

The trailer begins with the two friends in conversation before Rafe Spall dips behind the shelving of a shop in the midsts of a violent robbery. With his friend dying at the hands of one of the robbers,
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First Look: Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III in 'Hollow Crown: Wars of the Roses'

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First Look: Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III in 'Hollow Crown: Wars of the Roses'
Benedict Cumberbatch is mounting up as Richard III. The "Sherlock" star sports long locks as the English monarch in the first image from "The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses" (embedded below), a followup to 2012's BAFTA-winning BBC telefilms "The Hollow Crown." This new installment of Shakespeare adaptations will feature filmed versions of the playwright's first tetralogy of historical plays: "Henry VI, Part I," "Henry VI, Part II," "Henry VI, Part III" (the three of which will be released in two parts) and "Richard III." Principal photography on the films began Wednesday in the U.K. In addition to the image, a round of new cast members have been announced for the adaptations including Michael Gambon, Philip Glenister, Andrew Scott, Jason Watkins, Samuel West, Stanley Townsend, Adrian Dunbar, Geoffrey Streatfeild, Ben Daniels, Ben Miles, Sam Troughton, Stuart McQuarrie, Anton Lesser, Kyle Soller, Phoebe Fox, James Fleet and Lucy Robinson.
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"Hollow Crown: War of Roses" Begins Production

Principal photography is now underway on "The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses," the upcoming second set of telemovies based on Shakespeare's historical plays. Neal Street, Carnival/NBCUniversal and Thirteen are producing the project for BBC Two with shooting to take place in locations around the UK.

The three film adaptations cover Henry VI (in 2 parts) and Richard III. Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Sophie Okonedo, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Keeley Hawes and Tom Sturridge are already set for the project which will be transmitted on PBS.

Also announced today are Michael Gambon, Philip Glenister, Andrew Scott, Jason Watkins, Samuel West, Stanley Townsend, Adrian Dunbar, Geoffrey Streatfield, Ben Daniels, Ben Miles, Sam Troughton, Stuart McQuarrie, Anton Lesser, Kyle Soller, Phoebe Fox, James Fleet and Lucy Robinson.

The first official image is also out of actor Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III in the production. You can see that below:

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First Look at Benedict Cumberbatch in 'The Hollow Crown'

First Look at Benedict Cumberbatch in 'The Hollow Crown'
Principal photography has begun on The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses, a Neal Street co-production with Carnival/NBCUniversal and Thirteen for BBC Two, filming in locations around the UK.

In the Us, the series will be transmitted on PBS by Great Performances, produced by Thirteen Productions LLC for Wnet.

Following an outstanding critical and audience reaction to the BAFTA Award-winning The Hollow Crown series in 2012, Neal Street Productions and Carnival Films/NBCUniversal bring the concluding part of this ambitious cycle of Shakespeare's History plays to the screen in three further filmed adaptations, Henry VI (in 2 parts) and Richard III.

Assembling some of the UK's finest acting talent and, in addition to the stellar cast recently confirmed - Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Sophie Okonedo, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Keeley Hawes and Tom Sturridge - new names revealed today are - Michael Gambon as Mortimer, Philip Glenister as Talbot,
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First Look At Benedict Cumberbatch As Richard III In The Hollow Crown

First Look At Benedict Cumberbatch As Richard III In The Hollow Crown
Now is the winter of our Benedict content, made glorious summer by this new look at Sir Cumber of Batch playing Richard III as part of the new cycle of the Beeb’s The Hollow Crown. For this second set of Shakespeare adaptations – subtitled The Wars Of The Roses – we’ll see Richard’s tale plus Henry VI, in two parts rather than three.In addition to Cumberbatch, the cast for this new set of films features a rich assortment of talent including Judi Dench, Sophie Okonedo, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Keeley Hawes and Tom Sturridge, Michael Gambon, Philip Glenister, Andrew Scott, Jason Watkins, Samuel West, Stanley Townsend, Adrian Dunbar, Geoffrey Streatfield, Ben Daniels, Ben Miles, Sam Troughton, Stuart McQuarrie, Anton Lesser, Kyle Soller, Phoebe Fox, James Fleet and Lucy Robinson. That’s quite a gathering of Equity, right there. And yes, it means that with Scott’s inclusion, Moriarty
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Is Sam Troughton The Twelfth Star of Doctor Who?

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With the unveiling of the Twelfth Doctor just hours away, the rumours just won’t stop! A few days ago, Peter Capaldi seemed such a dead cert for the role that...

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Theater Review: A Trampling Bull With Bared Teeth

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You know the guy. Looks slightly clammy. A bit misproportioned. Often has a stain on his collar. Isn’t told when or where the parties are happening. A bit of a loner, a bit of a loser. And so maybe you’ve been tempted to mock him a little, undermine him, but only behind his back. Or maybe in front of his face, okay, but in a style you figure he won’t understand because — where did he go to school? And anyway, what’s he doing here? Wouldn’t it be better for all concerned if he got the picture and somehow was made to disappear? Things would really be simpler, clearer, cleaner that way. For him, too. Poor fellow.In Bull, Mike Bartlett’s gleefully vicious stunt of a play, that character is named Thomas and is so well inhabited by the actor Sam Troughton that you almost
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'Holby City': Hanssen in shock hostage plot - exclusive pictures

'Holby City': Hanssen in shock hostage plot - exclusive pictures
Digital Spy can today (September 18) present exclusive pictures of the drama ahead on Holby City as show regular Henrik Hanssen is held captive in a shock storyline twist. Hanssen, played by Guy Henry, finds himself in a dangerous situation when an unhinged man named Nick Mooney targets him in a twisted revenge attempt. Nick (Sam Troughton) is the son of recently-deceased patient Ritchie, who died in the hospital's care in a previous episode. The dramatic storyline begins when Hanssen receives a number of threatening phone calls at work, which leave him concerned over the safety of his staff members. When he later learns that the mystery culprit is waiting for him in the hospital car park, Hanssen heads outside for a confrontation. Discovering that Nick is behind the calls, Hanssen enters his work van in an attempt (more)
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