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The Ruins (2008)

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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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The graphic amputation scene was the first to be presented to studio executives for approval. 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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Connections

Featured in Phelous & the Movies: The Ruins of Phelous (2009) See more »

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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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Creepy horror tale will stay with you
27 April 2008 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

One of the better horror films of recent years, is creepy and scary and the sort of thing that makes your skin crawl. Its a simple story- several tourists go to a temple in the Mexican jungle that happens to be off the beaten path. There is of course something there and the locals are not happy about visitors. I won't say more since I'm going tempted to tell you way too much...which would be too much since the plot is simple. Its almost too simple. The reason the film works is that the film has decent characters and it does things that are decidedly not your typical horror movie choices. Its short, its sweet and it works. Its not perfect, there are one or two things I didn't like, but on the whole its a very good very creepy film. Frankly while Brazil got upset about Touristas a year because it might make think people about going there, Mexico should worry since this film will make anyone think again about going into ancient ruins. (7.5 ish out of 10 on the horror scale because thinking about the screams makes my skin crawl)


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