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Director:
Writer:
Ian Sutherland (screenplay)
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Release Date:
August 1978 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
If you go down in the woods today, you're in for a big surprise. See more »
Plot:
Five doctors on a wilderness outing are stalked by disfigured, crazed killers. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Not perfect, but still an effectively haunting backwoods thriller. See more (37 total) »

Cast

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Hal Holbrook ... Harry

Lawrence Dane ... Mitzi
Robin Gammell ... Martin
Ken James ... Abel
Gary Reineke ... D.J.
Murray Westgate ... Pilot
Jack Creley ... Jesse
Michael Zenon ... Matthew
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Directed by
Peter Carter 
 
Writing credits
Ian Sutherland (screenplay)

Produced by
Lee Broker .... associate producer
Lawrence Dane .... producer
Harold Greenberg .... executive producer
Ted Holliday .... co-producer
Robert A. Kanto .... executive producer (as Robert A. Kantor)
Harry H. Novak .... producer
 
Original Music by
Hagood Hardy (music composer)
 
Cinematography by
René Verzier (director of photography) (as Rene Verzier)
 
Film Editing by
George Appleby 
 
Casting by
Karen Hazzard 
 
Art Direction by
Karen Bromley 
 
Makeup Department
Carl Fullerton .... makeup artist
Carl Fullerton .... makeup effects
Shonagh Jabour .... assistant makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John M. Eckert .... first assistant director (as John Eckert)
Michael Zenon .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Jacques M. Bradette .... property master (as Jacques Bradette)
Carlo Campana .... carpenter
Hilton Rosemarin .... set dresser
Jens Thaysen .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
Suzanne DePoe .... boom operator (as Suzanne De Poe)
Douglas Ganton .... sound recordist (as Doug Ganton)
David Greene .... sound consultant
Joe Grimaldi .... sound re-recording mixer
Jim Hopkins .... sound editor
Bill Henderson .... sound re-recording engineer (uncredited)
Don White .... foley recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Doug Wardle .... special effects
 
Stunts
Terry Martin .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Denis Gingras .... first assistant cameraman
Jonathan Hackett .... key grip
James B. Kelly .... director of photography: second unit
Lloyd Leslie .... assistant cameraman: second unit
Don McElligott .... best boy
Jim McKinley .... second assistant cameraman (as James McKinlay)
Norman O'Halloran .... generator operator
Martin Segal .... still photographer
Norman Smith .... assistant grip
David Usher .... gaffer (as Dave Usher)
Cliff West .... generator operator
 
Casting Department
Marvin Paige .... casting consultant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Julie Whitfield .... wardrobe mistress (as Julie Ganton)
 
Editorial Department
Catherine Lane .... assistant editor
Iain Paterson .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Hagood Hardy .... conductor
Peter Mann .... recording engineer
 
Transportation Department
George Shelly .... transportation
 
Other crew
Brian Burke .... specialist: bees
Jill De Wolfe .... publicist
Shirley Gill .... production accountant
Shirley Gill .... production secretary
Rochelle Gross .... medical consultant (as Rochelle Gross B.A. M.D.)
Allan Hitelman .... financial consultant
Howard Lipson .... production consultant
Alfred Pariser .... production consultant
John Soroka .... continuity
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Rituals" - Canada (original title)
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Runtime:
Canada:100 min | USA:100 min | USA:89 min (cut version)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
The original script left the killer's identity unknown.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
Harry:Well, there's worse things in life than powdered milk, I suppose.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Grindhouse Universe (2008) (V)See more »

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Not perfect, but still an effectively haunting backwoods thriller., 9 June 2008
Author: AngryChair from Brentwood, USA

Five doctor friends go hiking in the wilderness where they are stalked and terrorized by an unseen killer.

Rituals, also known as The Creeper, is a rather forgotten and underrated early slasher flick. While the premise may seem like the formula, stereotype backwoods killer story this film actually came along before the time of Friday the 13th and its countless followers. Rituals really owes its inspiration in part to Deliverance, but it is hardly the rip-off of that classic movie that some critics would have you think. It has a gritty, low budget atmosphere and some effectively nightmarish moments in its plot (head on a stick, anyone?). The film is also rather gruesome, particularly in the rare uncut version of the film. It has plenty of creepy mood to keep it from being the routine slasher outing.

However there are a few flaws. First, in all versions of the film that I've ever seen the lighting in the climax of the movie is so dim that it's difficult to understand what is happening. Second, the plot is very thinly written and the characters aren't sympathetic in the slightest. Also, the editing is very rough.

Never the less, the effective atmosphere and chills come to the rescue and save this woodsy slasher. Not bad, but best enjoyed by the dedicated horror fans.

** 1/2 out of ****

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