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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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Creepy Canadian Backwoods Horror 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
 
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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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Trivia:
Cameo: [Director Peter Carter's wife]As the hostess at the restaurant in the opening scene.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 »
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Harry:Well, there's worse things in life than powdered milk, I suppose.See more »
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Creepy Canadian Backwoods Horror, 29 September 2010
Author: Bensch from Salzburg, Austria

Often compared to John Boorman's "Deliverance" (1972), Peter Carter's "Rituals" (aka. "The Creeper") of 1977 is a creepy and effective Canadian 'backwoods' Horror film which isn't too well-known, but enjoys a certain cult-status among Horror fans. The comparisons with "Delicerance" are obvious: A bunch of civilized men take a trip into the wilderness in order to have an adventure in the beauty of nature, and have to experience unexpected terrors. In this case, five medical doctors take a trip to go hiking in a remote lakeside area in the deep Canadian woods, days' walks away from civilization. In the first night, their boots get stolen. From that time onward, the friends are getting stalked by a murderous phantom fiend...

The film was obviously shot on a modest budget, and is very well-made. The beautiful but inescapable Canadian wilderness is a perfect location for a backwoods horror film, and "Rituals" maintains a truly creepy and menacing atmosphere from the beginning to the end. None of the characters is really likable, which slightly lessens the suspense, as one isn't as scared for them. The characters are thereby those one would expect in such a film: There is the heroic tough guy (Hal Holbrook), the scumbag (Lawrence Dane), the wuss (Robin Gammell), the clown (Gary Reinecke). Personally, I always lament the lack of a woman character in a Horror film, as I find it a lot easier to be scared for a woman than for a man. However, I see the point, as a trip into the wilderness is something that a bunch of guys would do together. The somewhat gonzo-style cinematography in the wilderness sometimes increases the feeling of presence (and therefore the creepiness) and reminded me of the Italian Cannibal films (such as "Cannibal Holocaust") that were shot around the time and later. The score is very good and effective, and the moments of powerful Classical music fit the film very well. The violence is not overtly gory, but quite disturbing. Especially in its second half, the film gets creepy as hell. Overall, "Rituals" is highly recommendable, especially to my fellow fans of gritty low-budget 70s Horror.

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