IMDb > The Creeper (1977)
Rituals
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

The Creeper (1977) More at IMDbPro »Rituals (original title)


Overview

User Rating:
6.4/10   799 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 4% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writer:
Ian Sutherland (screenplay)
Contact:
View company contact information for The Creeper on IMDbPro.
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 »
Plot Keywords:
User Reviews:
The best backwoods slasher ever made! See more (37 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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
Create a character page for: ?

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


Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
Create a character page for: ?

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Rituals" - Canada (original title)
See more »
Runtime:
Canada:100 min | USA:100 min | USA:89 min (cut version)
Country:
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Robin Gammell did his own stunts in the river sequence.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:
Referenced in Synergia (2011)See more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
29 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
The best backwoods slasher ever made!, 30 July 2003
Author: Maciste_Brother from the rock

I saw RITUALS on the big screen when I was a teenager and when the end credits rolled, I looked to my friend and said "NOW that was a great movie!" I was totally riveted from beginning to end. While watching it, my attention never veered away from the big screen. I didn't look at my watch or the exit sign. My thoughts didn't drift away in boredom like so many movies back then or even today. RITUALS was compelling viewing from the very first frame to the very last frame. I enjoyed RITUALS so much that it burgeoned a quasi-obsession in me: backwoods slashers. Ever since seeing RITUALS, I've tried to see every backwoods slasher ever made. And none of them come even close to recreating the realism and believability of RITUALS. JUST BEFORE DAWN, THE FINAL TERROR or THE BURNING, etc, are kids stuff compared to RITUALS.

It's amazing that such a great film is totally overlooked by almost everyone. RITUALS basically started the whole maniac-in-the-woods genre and yet few people have seen it. You think Friday THE 13TH started the whole woodsy slasher trend? Well, RITUALS was made 3 years before Friday THE 13TH. And even though the Paramount flick is a classic in its own right, it doesn't even compare to the Canadian shocker. A lot of critics, including Roger Ebert, dismissed RITUALS as a poor man's DELIVERANCE, and though both movies sorta resemble each other, both films couldn't be more different. In DELIVERANCE, we see the villains. In RITUALS, we have no idea who's stalking the men. DELIVERANCE is a survivalist story more about ordinary guys killing hicks in self-defense and the moral implications about killing in a modern world. RITUALS is a survivalist movie about ordinary guys being hounded and killed one by one by an unseen killer. It's more of a horror movie than DELIVERANCE, which is very slick and less believable than the Canadian movie. After watching RITUALS, you really feel you've been through what the actors had to go through in order to make the movie. RITUALS is dirtier, grimier, bloodier and much darker than DELIVERANCE. So, comparing both film is, in my opinion, completely pointless.

If there was an underrated movie, it sure is this one. But why is RITUALS so overlooked? It's probably because it's a Canadian movie. It's also because there's no sex or female nudity from bimbos we usually see in these kind of slashers, which makes it less marketable. RITUALS has an all-male cast and every actor is of a certain age. It's probably too serious for most. It's also been unfairly dismissed by critics who don't care about horror movies. There are countless number of reasons why this movie is unknown and it's a shame because it's a real buried treasure (for those who like these kind of movies, obviously). RITUALS does have a fervent cult following though!

The whole production is excellent. The direction, acting, dialogue, cinematography are top notch. The desolate scenery is at times stunning. And everything has a ring of truth about it. It's filled with tension and dread. It's scary and exhausting. The things that are done to the men are never exaggerated and yet elicit a lot of dread (the bear traps in the river, the medal on Martin, the head on the stick, etc). The conclusion of the film is totally riveting. The whole part at the cabin, with Mitzi hung up in the air. Or the moment Hal Holbrook's character finally meets the killer, when you can help but feel a varied mix of emotions at the sight of the killer (keeping the killer's appearance a mystery up to the very end works, dramatically speaking, perfectly in this instance). Or the scene when the killer gets his hand blown off is shocking because the gore effects are so realistic. Everything about the ending is pure horror, but never over-the-top horror like so many stupid horror films. And, finally, the music is also excellent. For example, when we see the point-of-view of the killer, the music accompanying these shots is subtle and enhances the whole idea behind the usually unimaginative use of POV shots. And I like the very last scene of the movie, the one on the road. All in all, RITUALS is successful on all fronts. The only part that some might find irritating are the behavior of some of the characters (a lot of yelling, grown men crying) but that didn't bother me because it never felt fake. As long as it rings true, I'm fine with any kind of behavior portrayed on screen. RITUALS also has an openly gay character who's just one of the guys. His portrayal, warts and all, is a positive one which was rare in horror movies back then or even today.

I consider RITUALS a masterpiece of horror. Not only is this Canadian flick the best woodsy slasher ever made, it's also one of the best horror films ever made. I give it a big 10!!!!

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (37 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Creeper (1977)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Gay Character? fan4ad
Killer's Motivation jjk50
Underrated as hell! Nick7080
Things I Learned While Watching Rituals ConnerysToupee
Ending sunznc
Picture Quality of New DVD ConnerysToupee
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Night of the Demon Cabin Fever A Bay of Blood Centurion Torso
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Adventure section IMDb Canada section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.