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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 »
The Ritual, 2017.
Directed by David Bruckner.
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. »
- Helen Murdoch
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. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
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, »
- Peter Bradshaw
The Ritual review: This wood-based horror is one of the most powerful and most terrifying films of the year.
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.
- Luke Ryan Baldock
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 »
- Dennis Harvey
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 »
- Paul Heath
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. »
- Amie Cranswick
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.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Author: Zehra Phelan
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, »
- Zehra Phelan
An all-white school merges with an all-Asian school in a soapy new drama, as Gregg Wallace and Chris Bavin help families eat healthily. Plus: the Antarctic survey team attempts to save its research station
A sort of Brexit Britain cross between Shameless and Waterloo Road, this soapy but serious drama takes place in a Yorkshire town where the new academy is a merger of two schools: one all-white, one all-Asian. That rather stark portrayal of multiculturalism as an inescapable, all-encompassing issue rubs up against stuff about teachers’ and students’ personal crises. A uniformly strong cast (Jo Joyner, Adil Ray, Arsher Ali, Paul Nicholls) makes it work. Jack Seale
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- Jack Seale, Ali Catterall, Hannah J Davies, Ben Arnold, David Stubbs, Andrew Mueller, Hannah Verdier, Paul Howlett
What happens when our closest guarded secrets are exposed by someone with an ulterior agenda? That question is at the heart of the new thriller “A Patch of Fog,” about a sinister security guard (Stephen Graham) who blackmails a famous TV host (Conleth Hill) into friendship after he catches him shoplifting and threatens to expose it to the world. It co-stars Lara Pulver (“Edge of Tomorrow”), Arsher Ali (“Remainder”), Stuart Graham (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”) and Ian McElhinney (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”). Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
The film is directed by Michael Lennox, who’s best known for his short films. He was nominated for an Oscar for directing the 2014 short “Boogaloo and Graham,” about two boys who raise baby chicks amidst major changes in their family. »
- Vikram Murthi
12 items from 2017
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