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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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Patricio Almeida Rodriguez ...
Mario Jurado ...
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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

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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 film rights were purchased before the novel was published. See more »

Goofs

(at around 3 mins) In the beginning of the film, Amy is wearing sunglasses. A few shots later, she is wearing glasses. A few shots later, she is wearing sunglasses again. 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

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Ashton Kutcher/Gnarls Barkley (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Ponmelo
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Written by Edgard Jaude, Rafael Torres, Michael A. Garcia
Courtesy of Sonic Quiver Music and Engine Co 35 Music Publishing
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Good for it's genre
22 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Ruins has it's typical horror movie cliché's, but aren't really that big of a deal compared to the overall effect the movie has. The nudity scene is very short and not very explicit, the cheating girlfriend thing isn't that big of a deal either. The only corny parts in this movie I would consider mediocre and not that big of a deal.

The acting was overall pretty decent. I've always been impressed with Ashmore since he played the only good role in the "Animorphs" TV series. I was also very impressed with Jonathan Tucker's acting. Malone and Ramsey through in great performances as well.

The chills in this movie were real. My fiancé' was so disturbed during this movie that at one point he started biting my scalp. The movie also uses an excellent balance of silence and music in appropriate sections. And the fact that the audience is kept in the dark about some of "why" this was going on is also a big bonus. There isn't an overabundance of blood and gore, but it's great for this movie. Kudos for a horror flick that does it right!


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