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The Creeper (1977)
"Rituals" (original title)

R  |   |  Adventure, Horror, Thriller  |  August 1978 (USA)
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Five doctors on a wilderness outing are stalked by disfigured, crazed killers.

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Five doctors go on vacation deep in the Canadian wilderness. After all but one pair of the party's shoes disappear, the remaining shoed camper decides to hike out and go look for help. Soon after he leaves, however, his four companions realizes that something is very wrong when someone leaves a decapitated deer head just outside their camp. Even though they still don't have their shoes, they decide to follow their friend's trail out of the woods, but their path is blocked by someone who doesn't want to see them leave the forest alive. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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If you go down in the woods today, you're in for a big surprise. See more »


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CAD 660,000 (estimated)
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Towards the end of the film, when Harry's character is dragging the stretcher over rocky terrain, you can clearly see he is wearing boots. They were supposed to have had their boots stolen and had to wrap their feet in plastic tarp. See more »

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Harry: Well, there's worse things in life than powdered milk, I suppose.
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Hal Holbrook sits on the road as the sun rises with his back to the camera, which moves away from him as the end credits roll. See more »

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Powerful, surreal and disturbing.
24 July 1999 | by (Chicago,Il.60625) – See all my reviews

This is a powerful,surreal and frightening film. Like Deliverance, It's mostly about the very thin veneer of civilization. Shot in a cinema verite style, the brutality and horror seems almost documentary like, unlike Deliverance where there are practically signposts saying "meaning" per 24 frames, this film allows the horror and absurdity of itself unfold itself slyly around the edge of the frame.( consider the brilliant satire of having the surgeons chant "take him apart! take him apart!" as they dance around the campfire. And the eerie shot of the forest dwelling killer standing on top of the hill, a shadow against the sun.) Wheras Deliverance was all about northern white guilt, the doctors in this film have something to be guilty about. I think "Deliverance" is great but this film reveals it's limitations, it's lack of guts, and it's prettifying of nature. Ultimately this is a superior film.


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