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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.

Director:

Carter Smith

Writers:

Scott B. Smith (screenplay), Scott B. Smith (novel) (as Scott Smith)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Tucker ... Jeff
Jena Malone ... Amy
Laura Ramsey ... Stacy
Shawn Ashmore ... Eric
Joe Anderson ... Mathias
Sergio Calderón ... Lead Mayan (as Sergio Calderon)
Jesse Ramirez ... Mayan Bowman
Balder Moreno Balder Moreno ... Mayan Horseman
Dimitri Baveas Dimitri Baveas ... Dimitri
Patricio Almeida Rodriguez Patricio Almeida Rodriguez ... Taxi Driver
Mario Jurado Mario Jurado ... Mayan Archer
Luis Antonio Ramos ... Mayan Rifleman (as Luis Ramos)
Walter Quispe Walter Quispe ... Mayan Rifleman
Pauline Whyman Pauline Whyman ... Wailing Woman
Nathan Vega 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.

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Germany | Australia

Language:

English | Maya | Spanish | Greek | German

Release Date:

4 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Las ruinas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,003,241, 6 April 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,432,844, 19 June 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,728,043, 19 June 2008
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Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

The northern Yucatan Peninsula where this movie is supposed to be set is flat. There are some small hills in some areas but nothing extremely hilly like shown in several shots. 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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An OK adaption, and I am a huge fan of the book.
5 April 2008 | by coreyalexanderSee all my reviews

I have been anticipating the film version of The Ruins ever since I read the book. I found this to be an incredibly average depiction of the events in the novel. I can say the acting is good and the gory effects are quite chilling. For some reason there just isn't the same level of panic and dread that slowly crept up on me when reading the book. There were some issues with cheesy dialogue and I felt that more could have been done to develop the characters before they end up on the ruins. Definitely a solid horror flick, but not a classic. I saw it with a friend who did not read the book and she said she thought it was better than she would have expected. I would highly recommend reading the book instead of seeing the movie.


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