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You Need to Watch The Ritual, Netflix's Extraordinarily F*cked-Up Horror Movie

Warning: light spoilers for The Ritual below! I won't ruin your Netflix and chill . . . I promise.

An ill-fated hike through a dark, foreign wood. Eviscerated bodies hanging from trees. A cabin full of horrors. These are just some of the grisly things you'll have to endure if you decide to sit down and venture into The Ritual, David Bruckner's disturbing original horror film on Netflix. Let me be the first to tell you: it'll be worth it.

As the great debate for whether or not movies should be distributed through Netflix vs. movie theaters rages on, especially in terms of big-budget extravaganzas like The Cloverfield Paradox or Oscar-caliber dramas like Dee Rees's Mudbound, the streaming giant has unquestionably found its rhythm within the horror genre. Like 2016's Hush and 2017's Gerald's Game, this year's The Ritual is an impressive, inventive addition to Netflix's growing horror oeuvre that more
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You Need to Watch The Ritual, Netflix's Extraordinarily F*cked-Up Horror Movie

Warning: light spoilers for The Ritual below! I won't ruin your Netflix and chill . . . I promise.

An ill-fated hike through a dark, foreign wood. Eviscerated bodies hanging from trees. A cabin full of horrors. These are just some of the grisly things you'll have to endure if you decide to sit down and venture into The Ritual, David Bruckner's disturbing original horror film on Netflix. Let me be the first to tell you: it'll be worth it.

As the great debate for whether or not movies should be distributed through Netflix vs. movie theaters rages on, especially in terms of big-budget extravaganzas like The Cloverfield Paradox or Oscar-caliber dramas like Dee Rees's Mudbound, the streaming giant has unquestionably found its rhythm within the horror genre. Like 2016's Hush and 2017's Gerald's Game, this year's The Ritual is an impressive, inventive addition to Netflix's growing horror oeuvre that more
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Horror Directors Love Netflix’s ‘The Ritual’: Guillermo del Toro, Mike Flanagan, and More Share Praise

Netflix is having an excellent 2018 when it comes to the horror genre. The streaming giant’s Spanish-language “Veronica” has everyone talking this month, and last month it was “The Ritual” that was turning heads. Over a month after “The Ritual’s” release, it’s clear the David Bruckner-directed horror movie is a new favorite among genre directors and actors. Horror favorites like Guillermo del Toro and Mike Flanagan have all shared praise for the film, which first premiered at Tiff last year.

The Ritual” stars Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali, Robert James-Collier, and Sam Troughton as four friends who get together to honor the memory of one of their late pals by setting out on a hiking trip through Sarek National Park in northern Sweden. The forest, however, is hiding some dark secrets, and it doesn’t take long for the group to be put in jeopardy after they discovery something terrifying is lurking about.
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Review: The Ritual

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Plot: Following a tragedy, four friends (Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali, Robert James-Collier and Sam Troughton) hike through the Swedish Highlands, where they encounter an ancient evil that will bring their greatest fears to life. Review: The Ritual is something of an event if you.re a fan of up-and-coming horror directors, with it being the solo feature debut of David Bruckner, who previously... Read More...
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To mark the release of The Ritual on 12th February, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD.

Four old college friends – Luke (Rafe Spall), Hutch (Robert James-Collier), Phil (Arsher Ali) and Dom (Sam Troughton) – decide to take a hiking trip deep in the Swedish wilderness in order to bond and reminisce about old times. However, the inexperienced hikers soon find themselves hopelessly lost, and as their fragile friendships begin to crack and old resentments surface they become increasingly desperate to escape the woods. But they are not alone. Someone, or something, malevolent is watching them, intent on making them face their deepest fears and ensuring they never leave. They should have gone to Vegas…

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The Ritual Review

David Bruckner’s The Ritual is a harrowing blend of fierce and folksy horror, but also comes with a tingle of Fomo. How, you ask? Track back to 2007, when Bruckner teamed with Dan Bush and Jacob Gentry to dial-in their shared narrative The Signal (three directors, three “transmissions”). Between then and The Ritual we’ve seen two Bruckner visions in the form of (fan favorite) anthology segments – “Amateur Night” (V/H/S) and “The Accident” (Southbound) – yet no solo project. Quite simply, The Ritual is too tight and polished for a “feature-length debut,” but that’s what it *technically* is. Genre fans, we’ve been robbed of boatloads more Bruckner these past years (case and point: where the Hell is Brucker’s Friday The 13th).

Throughout writer Joe Barton’s adaptation of Adam Nevill’s novel, we follow four friends who take a hiking “mancation” through Northern Sweden. Suggestions like Ibiza,
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Creepy Fun Trailer For The Ritual Features a Group of Friends Who Will Regret Walking Into a Forest of Norse Legend

"Your darkest dreams await you..."

Another day, another movie about a group of friends that venture into the woods where awful and nightmarish things await them. Yeah, this kind of movie is a dime a dozen, but this one actually looks really good! Netflix produced the film, and after watching this trailer, I can't wait to check it out.

It's movies like this that make going camping and exploring in strange mysterious woods and other places so exciting! You think I'm joking, but I love exploring stuff like this in real life! If I came across woods like this with crazy markings on the trees I'd be the first to run in and starting exploring. I haven't been killed by any creatures or anything yet, so that's a plus!

The Ritual was directed by David Bruckner, who helmed segments in the horror films SouthboundV/H/S, and The Signal.

Reuniting after
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Watch the Trailer for The Ritual, Coming to Netflix on February 9th

After premiering at last year's Toronto International Film Festival and screening at Sitges (read Ben Larned's review here), David Bruckner's film adaptation of Adam Nevill's novel The Ritual will find a home on Netflix beginning February 9th. In the meantime, the streaming service released a new trailer that takes viewers deep into the woods and the haunted corridors of the mind.

Directed by David Bruckner (The Signal), The Ritual stars Rafe Spall (The Big Short, Life of Pi), Robert James-Collier (Downton Abbey, Spike Island), Arsher Ali (Line of Duty, Four Lions), and Sam Troughton (Robin Hood, Alien vs. Predator).

Synopsis: "After the death of their friend, a group of old college friends embarks on a hiking trip through an unnerving Scandinavian forest. They should have gone to Vegas…"

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Horror film The Ritual gets a poster and trailer ahead of Netflix release

With just two weeks until its arrives on Netflix, the streaming service has released a poster and trailer for director David Bruckner’s horror The Ritual which stars Rafe Spall, Robert James-Collier, Arsher Ali, and Sam Troughton; take a look below..

See Also: Read our review of The Ritual here

After the death of their friend, a group of old college friends embark on a hiking trip through an unnerving Scandinavian forest. They should have gone to Vegas…

The Ritual arrives on Netflix on February 9th.

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First Trailer for David Bruckner's Horror Film 'The Ritual' from Netflix

"We shouldn't be here..." Netflix has released the official trailer for an indie horror film titled The Ritual, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. This horror is about a group of college friends that reunite for a camping trip in the forest, but encounter a menacing presence in the woods that's stalking them. It seems to play with the idea that "your darkest dreams await you" out there, thanks to whatever this creepy "ritual" from the title is. The main cast of The Ritual includes Rafe Spall, Robert James-Collier, Arsher Ali, and Sam Troughton. Featuring a score by Ben Lovett. I feel as if we've recently seen tons of these kind of forest/camping horror thrillers, so I'm not sure what this one offers that's new. Check this out. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for David Bruckner's The Ritual, direct from Netflix's YouTube: Reuniting
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Netflix's The Ritual Trailer Will Scare You Away from the Woods

Netflix has released the first trailer for their upcoming horror movie The Ritual, which is slated to debut for Netflix members on February 9. After its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, The Ritual has debuted theatrically in Belgium, The U.K., Ireland and The Netherlands last October, but now the rest of the world will get to enjoy this horror-thriller on the Netflix streaming service in exactly two weeks from today.

The Ritual centers on four old friends from university, reuniting after the tragic death of their best mate, who set out to hike through the Scandinavian wilderness. But a wrong turn leads them into the dark and mysterious forests of Norse legend, where an ancient evil still exists and stalks them at every turn. The Netflix film will premiere on February 9, 2018, and while it won't be released in theaters, it will debut the same day
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‘The Ritual’ Trailer: Netflix’s New Horror Movie Is Your Latest Reminder Never to Go Into the Woods — Watch

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Netflix has released the trailer for “The Ritual,” its new horror film about a Scandinavian hike gone wrong. Based on Adam Nevill’s book of the same name, the film premiered in Toronto last fall. Avail yourself of the trailer below.

Read More:Netflix Executives Say ‘Bright’ Success Proves Film Critics Are ‘Disconnected From Mass Appeal’

Here’s the synopsis: “Reuniting after the tragic death of their best mate, four old friends from university set out to hike through the Scandinavian wilderness. But a wrong turn leads them into the dark and mysterious forests of Norse legend, where an ancient evil still exists and stalks them at every turn.” Rafe Spall, Robert James-Collier, Arsher Ali, and Sam Troughton star as the quartet of friends in question.

Read More:‘A Futile and Stupid Gesture’ Review: David Wain’s Netflix Comedy About ‘National Lampoon’ Is Perfectly Described by its Title — Sundance 2018

The Ritual” was directed by David Bruckner,
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Film Review: ‘Slumber’

Film Review: ‘Slumber’
A not-uncommon condition in which awakening sufferers are conscious but unable to move, sometimes while experiencing fearsome hallucinations, sleep paralysis is natural fodder for horror movies. Its treatment so far has been uninspired, with the partial exception of director Rodney Ascher’s 2015 “The Nightmare,” a semi-documentary in which real-life patients were interviewed, and their waking dreams limned by actors. The phenomenon itself has existed throughout recorded history, inevitably tempting supernatural explanations — a leap that’s easy to fathom, since so many of the afflicted report being menaced in their altered state by ghostly “shadow men.”

Purportedly “inspired by real accounts,” as an opening text duly informs, “Slumber” looks for a while like an above-average treatment of the subject in genre terms. Director/co-writer Jonathan Hopkins sets his tale primarily in the milieu of medical sleep-disorder research, imbuing that environment with a chilly unease, while a cast led by executive producer Maggie Q treats the scenario with admirable
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Review: The Ritual (2017)

The shadow of The Blair Witch Project certainly looms large over any Horror movie that ventures into the woods. Be it the countless Found Footage capers set inside a dark, treacherous, vegetative coated hell on earth or the other entries in the genre that feature young people lost at nature being dispatched by something gruesome and (mostly) unseen. So doing something different with the setting is a big ask but we’ll settle for just an interesting addition to the pile and while The Ritual is flawed and not exactly original, it boasts something many of its ilk do not…strong characters.

Starting with an unexpected but thoroughly interesting narrative set-up, The Ritual immediately grabs your attention with a ruthless moment of realistic nastiness, which leads onto the plot ahead. Based on the Horror novel by Adam Nevill, the film sees four guys reunite abroad for an ‘at one with nature’ holiday,
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Win a Merchandise Pack from The Ritual

The Ritual, starring Rafe Spall, Robert James-Collier, Arsher Ali and Sam Troughton is now in theatres everywhere! It's a funny yet terrifying psychological horror that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout! To celebrate this terrifying new release we have teamed up with Entertainment One to give you the chance of winning a fantastic merchandise pack which includes a sleeping bag, maglite torch, first aid kit, leather bound hip flask and a copy of the original novel by Adam Nevill.. Contest Ends on Friday, October 27, 2017
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Movie Review – The Ritual (2017)

The Ritual, 2017.

Directed by David Bruckner.

Starring Rafe Spall, Robert James-Collier, Arsher Ali, Sam Troughton and Paul Reid.

Synopsis:

A group of college friends reunite for a trip to the forest, but encounter a menacing presence in the woods that’s stalking them.

After their friend is tragically killed during a robbery, 4 of his friends Luke (Spall), Hutch (James-Collier), Phil (Ali) and Dom (Troughton) embark on a hike in the Swedish wilderness to honour their friend. Along the way they encounter something strange in the woods that begins to hunt them.

The Ritual is a typical British horror film and by that I mean that there are a ton of laughs to start with, characters who you genuinely empathise with and some legitimate scares. Our main character is Luke (Spall) who is dealing with his guilt over his friend’s demise, something that haunts him all the way through the film.
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The Ritual movie review: into the woods

MaryAnn’s quick take… A horror movie for grownups, dripping with the dread of a fairy tale of yore, primitive and atavistic, drawing on profound human pain and fear. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): I usually don’t find horror movies scary

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Life lesson from The Ritual: There’s no such thing as a “shortcut” through a deep dark ancient forest. Four British friends, former university pals — Rafe Spall (Swallows and Amazons), Robert James-Collier, Arsher Ali (Doctor Who), and Sam Troughton (Vera Drake) — are on a hiking weekend in a hilly Swedish wilderness when one of them hurts his knee, badly. But cutting through the woods — the lodge is right on the other side, according to their map — turns out to be, er, a really bad idea.
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The Ritual review – lads' weekend turns surreal in lost-in-the-woods Brit horror

Rafe Spall stars in an efficient horror film with obvious hints of Deliverance and The Blair Witch Project

The Ritual is an efficient, well-made if programmatic Brit horror, with good effects and a big monstrous reveal intelligently withheld. It is adapted by Joe Barton from a 2011 bestseller by Adam Nevill, and directed by David Bruckner – who worked on the very interesting and creepy compilation movie V/H/S.

A group of guys go on a hiking weekend in a remote Swedish wood – they are Luke (Rafe Spall), Hutch (Rob James-Collier, who deserves more than to be known only as Mr Barrow from Downton Abbey), Phil (Arsher Ali) and Dom (Sam Troughton). They’ve been mates since uni and going away together is a tradition with them. But one of the gang is missing, having been killed during a robbery in a late-night shop after one of their lads’ nights out,
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Tiff 2017: ‘The Ritual’ Review: Dir. David Bruckner (2017)

The Ritual review: This wood-based horror is one of the most powerful and most terrifying films of the year.

The Ritual review by Luke Ryan Baldock.

Another autumn is upon us and that means horror films are rolling out as fast as leaves are falling from the trees. So amongst so many scares and jumps about to hit the cinema, why would anybody want to check out The Ritual, a British film that shoves some men into the Swedish woods? It takes from The Wicker-Man, The Descent, The Blair Witch Project, and Deliverance, with a bit of monster movie thrown in – meaning it’s far from original. So why go and see it? Because it’s bloody brilliant and genuinely terrifying.

The Ritual has a lot going for it in its opening scene. Luke (Rafe Spall), and old University buddies discuss an upcoming lads holiday with ideas from Ibiza to hiking in Sweden thrown around.
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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Ritual’

Toronto Film Review: ‘The Ritual’
There’s more than one way to die in the woods, although so far as horror-film narratives in that vein go, “The Blair Witch Project” has cast a bit too pervasive a shadow for nearly two decades now. Give “The Ritual” credit for feeling distinctly different from that model, even if this, too, is a story involving lost campers and some witchy doings. Beyond avoiding the whole found-footage device, David Bruckner’s first solo directorial feature (he was one of three helmers on 2017’s excellent “The Signal”) benefits from solid atmospherics that elevate a not-particularly-original conceit about four men encountering possibly supernatural menace while hiking in Northern Sweden.

In the end, the result may simply be a creditable cut above genre average. But it’s surely the best Yank-directed horror movie about English blokes terrorized by monsters in Romania-posing-as-Sweden that you’ll see this year. Joe Barton’s screenplay — adapted from Adam Nevill’s novel, and
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