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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 »

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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)

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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Though the film takes place in Mexico during the summer, it was shot primarily in Australia during the winter. Heavy coats were provided for the actors in between takes, and water and olive oil had to be sprayed onto their bodies to simulate sweat. See more »

Goofs

(at around 55 mins) Before amputating Mathias' legs, Jeff states that he is at risk of septicemia, which is, "an infection, usually of the bone." Septicaemia is, by definition, the invasion of bacteria into the bloodstream and has nothing to do with bones. 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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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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A pretty good horror movie
20 June 2008 | by kevin_crightonSee all my reviews

Four American tourists agree to a trip into a South American jungle with a German tourist, to look at an ancient Aztec temple. Once they get there, they find themselves trapped on the temple by some locals. However, they begin to realize however, that they are keeping them there for a horrifying reason....

On the surface, this is yet another movie about American tourists getting into trouble in another country. However, unlike for example Paradise Lost, the Hostel movies, Wolf Creek, and such, the threat here is not from a human source, but something else. It's a refreshing change, but that is only one of the plus points in this good horror movie. There are many more.

The script, written by Scott B. Smith based on his own novel, is pretty good. The characters are well written, and the plot as it unfolds takes it's time to play out, which again is refreshing. Most American horror movies seem to want to rush through the opening scenes, to get to the so-called scare moments, but Smith takes time with his plot, as he did with his other script, the brilliant A Simple Plan. This movie isn't as good as that but it is still good. One of the key things is he never explains how or why the temple is doing what it is doing, yet you never really question it. He allows some intelligence in not only the characters but also in the audience watching. Again, a refreshing change.

The performances from the cast are good. The script allows time for the cast to make their characters believable (for a horror movie)and as the horror and terror mounts, they react in different ways.

The direction by Carter Smith is good. He creates a sense of dread as the the events play out. While the movie is not particularly scary, he creates a sense a good sense of dread, right up to the end, and also doesn't try and cop-out at the end, or allow for some awful twist. Again a welcome change.

The movie does have some scenes that are bloody, or graphic and gory, it's not over the top. There is a reason for the violence in the movie, and also the blood and gore. It's not simply there to gross-out the audience (though the scene with the makeshift amputation will have that effect, no doubt!!).

At a time when most of the American horror movies are either remakes or sequels, it's nice to see a horror movie that while not original at least is different. And for that reason alone, it's worth watching.


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