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The Ruins (2008)

R | | Horror | 4 April 2008 (USA)
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A group of friends whose leisurely Mexican holiday takes a turn for the worse when they, along with a fellow tourist, embark on a remote archaeological dig in the jungle where something evil lives among the ruins.

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Cast

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Amy
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Lead Mayan (as Sergio Calderon)
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Balder Moreno ...
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Mayan Rifleman (as Luis Ramos)
Walter Quispe ...
Pauline Whyman ...
Wailing Woman
Nathan Vega ...
Mayan Boy
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Storyline

A group of friends whose leisurely Mexican holiday takes a turn for the worse when they, along with a fellow tourist, embark on a remote archaeological dig in the jungle where something evil lives among the ruins.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Terror has evolved.

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Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and gruesome images, language, some sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 April 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Las ruinas  »

Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,003,241 (USA) (4 April 2008)

Gross:

$17,427,926 (USA) (13 June 2008)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The opening scene featuring the characters talking by the swimming pool was the first scene to be shot. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 22 mins) When Jeff is shot at the end of the movie, the Mayans shoot him with 2 arrows, then during the next scene it shows he has been shot with 3 arrows. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Archeologist #2: [She is sobbing, then begins to scream:] Help me! Somebody, help! Somebody! Help! Help me!
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Connections

Featured in Phelous & the Movies: The Ruins of Phelous (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Phenomena
Written by Brian Chase, Karen O & Nick Zinner
Performed by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Courtesy of Interscope Records and Polydor Ltd. (U.K.)
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Not great, but something different
12 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Are you as tired of seeing remakes and movies about the undead as I am? Well then here's something a little different. Not original, but a change of pace. I haven't read the book, but the trailer looked good and so did the cast list. Plus instead of young people being done in one by by zombies, vampires, or a masked slasher it's a variation on the old man vs. nature idea, something not seen much recently and certainly not with so much blood and gore.

Pros: A talented and likable young cast. The scenery is lush and beautiful, as is the cinematography. Instead of just jumping right into the horror, the filmmakers try to create suspense and a little build-up. Moves at a pretty good pace. Plenty of moments and images that'll make you cringe. Impressive gore and make-up effects, and plenty of the former. A good and subtle score that sounds like a creepy rumbling sound at times.

Cons: As good as the actors are, the characters they play are pretty underwritten, which makes it hard to really get to know them. The CGI is pretty poor. There's really nothing we haven't already seen before. Sometimes the characters do really stupid things. A few cheap boo scares.

Final thoughts: Not likely to be the best horror film of the year, but you could do much worse. It's nice to see a horror film that isn't so flashy, teen-friendly, and devoid of suspense, which is exactly what the remake of 'Prom Night,' which hit theatres a week after this, looks like. But I know you hardcore horror buffs know better than that.

My rating: 3.5/5


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