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Five doctors on a wilderness outing are stalked by disfigured, crazed killers.

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Ian Sutherland (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Hal Holbrook ... Harry
Lawrence Dane ... Mitzi
Robin Gammell ... Martin
Ken James Ken James ... Abel
Gary Reineke Gary Reineke ... D.J.
Murray Westgate Murray Westgate ... Pilot
Jack Creley ... Jesse
Michael Zenon ... Matthew
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Five doctors go on vacation deep in the Canadian wilderness. After all but one pair of the party's shoes disappear, the remaining shoed camper decides to hike out and go look for help. Soon after he leaves, however, his four companions realizes that something is very wrong when someone leaves a decapitated deer head just outside their camp. Even though they still don't have their shoes, they decide to follow their friend's trail out of the woods, but their path is blocked by someone who doesn't want to see them leave the forest alive. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Batchawana Bay, Ontario, Canada See more »

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CAD 660,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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1.85 : 1
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Toward 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 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.
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Creepy as hell and unsettling backwoods slasher/survival film.
23 June 2005 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

Five doctors go on a vacation in the Canadian forest and are hunted and killed one by one by a crazed serial killer.A man's leg is graphically caught in a bear trap;one is beheaded and another is hung from a tree and set on fire.This almost completely unknown Canadian slasher is one of the best low-budget horror films ever made.Often compared to "Deliverance",it certainly has a similar theme.The film brilliantly conveys an atmosphere of total dread and fear,the feeling of losing control of the world around you.The climax is extremely eerie and haunting.There are some truly unsettling moments like the scene where one of the doctors is strung up,pleading for help whilst getting burned alive."Rituals" features some striking shots such as the killer's lone silhouette watching from the horizon which elicit an ominous and almost unbearable sense of dread.This obscure horror flick is even better than "Just Before Dawn",so if you are a fan of slasher flicks you can't miss it.Just beware:there are two main versions available,the easily obtainable but edited TV version and the extremely rare complete version that has nearly ten minutes of extra footage.Be sure to get an uncut print!


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