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The Ritual (I) (2009)

 |  Drama, Horror  |  15 August 2009 (USA)
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A serial killer begins the process of grooming a protégé, until outside influences threaten to destroy their sadistic relationship.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul McCloskey ...
Wayne Montgomery
Barbara Lessin ...
Andrea Montgomery
Brinke Stevens ...
Julie
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Detective John Haynes
Joey Garrison ...
Jared
Devin Kates ...
Seth
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Grey Mortimer
Mark Cray ...
John Craven
Colleen Hawthorne ...
Kathy Cole
Anne Reiss ...
Kaylah
Kati Jordan ...
Holly
Tony Kates ...
Robert
Art Lyle ...
John 'Jack' Hambrick
Meredith Fagioli ...
Victim
Geoff Lutz ...
Max Stevens
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Storyline

Serial killer Wayne Montgomery was inadvertently "outed" in December 2006, after DNA evidence linked him and his wife Andrea to a series of brutal unsolved murders in the small town of Claymont, Delaware - as well as the disappearance of their own daughter Monica. However, Andrea was the only one arrested. Authorities were unable to locate Wayne, who had simply vanished. Countless hours of Wayne & Andrea's home footage, allegedly depicting several of these vicious acts being committed, had also vanished. Recently discovered footage recorded by Wayne in 2007 details his activities in the months following his wife's arrest - adjusting to his life as a fugitive...and beginning a sadistic, twisted relationship with a teenage male hustler named Jared, whom Wayne has selected to groom as a successor. However, things will soon become unraveled when outside influences threaten to destroy the foundation that Wayne has created for his young student. Written by Anthony Spadaccini

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15 August 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Head Case II  »

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$11,000 (estimated)
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The events depicted in The Ritual (2009) take place between December 2006 and August 2007 (except for the flashbacks featuring Grey "The Sniffer" Mortimer, which take place in July 2006). See more »

Quotes

Detective John Haynes: Oh and by the way, jail does absolutely nothing for you. You look horrible.
Andrea Montgomery: Thanks, I love you too. Go fuck yourself.
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Follows Head Case (2007) See more »

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Performed by Bjorn Lynne
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Very well written...great story line but........
12 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The acting of the supporting cast left much to be desired. Don't get me wrong, the leads were great, story line was great but the supporting cast just could not keep up. Wayyyyy out-classed.

Good movie overall but the the actors that played Holly, Robert....etc. need to get more acting lessons before embarking on something as intricate as this. Hopefully they will get better with time.

I really look forward to more shorts and features from this director. Anthony appears to be a natural at this craft but it is almost like he cast some of his friends with little or no real training to play bit parts thus bringing down what was a film with potential.

I look forward to watching Post-Mortem but the supporting cast has some of the same names that did not impress me in this one. Hopefully, they give a better performance in Post-Mortem.

Alex


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