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The Ritual (2017)

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A group of old college friends reunite for a trip to a forest in Eastern Europe, but encounter a menacing presence there stalking them.


David Bruckner


Joe Barton, Adam Nevill (novel)
1,950 ( 54)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rafe Spall ... Luke
Arsher Ali ... Phil
Robert James-Collier ... Hutch
Sam Troughton ... Dom
Paul Reid ... Robert
Matthew Needham ... Junkie
Jacob James Beswick Jacob James Beswick ... Fiend
Maria Erwolter ... The Host
Hilary Reeves Hilary Reeves ... The Curate
Peter Liddell Peter Liddell ... The Logger
Francesca Mula ... The Witch
Kerri McLean ... Gayle
Gheorghe Mezei Gheorghe Mezei ... Parishioner
Adriana Macsut Adriana Macsut ... Parishioner
Constantin Codrea Constantin Codrea ... Parishioner (as Constantin Liviu Codrea)


A group of friends reunite after a long time to plan a vacation. They finally decide to go on a hiking trip in Sweden (Eastern Europe). When one of them is injured, they have no choice but to cut through the forest in order to arrive at the lodge a couple of hours sooner. During a raging rainstorm, they spent the night in a spooky, abandoned house. What awaits them are things they never expect out of this supposedly bonding trip. Written by heyitsnuel

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Beside the Othala/Odal rune, the Algiz (also called Elhaz) rune can be seen on the trees and as the shape of a sacrificial pole. Algiz is the name conventionally given to the "z-rune" of the Elder Futhark runic alphabet, from the Common Germanic word for "elk" and it is thought to represent the divine might of the universe. See more »


At 43 minutes, Luke goes ahead and Hutch moves quickly to go after him, putting on his back pack as he walks. His left shoulder strap is twisted, then fixed in the next shot, then twisted again, and then fixed in the long shot. See more »


Dom: Big Mac, plastic tray, by myself, no-one to talk to.
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Promising Start. Sturdy Middle-Act. Underwhelming Finale.
16 February 2018 | by CinemaClownSee all my reviews

Making effective use of its isolated setting to ratchet up the tension & amp up its claustrophobic aura, The Ritual begins on a promising note, gets even better with a sturdy middle act that reeks of mystery & dread but all the potential it had of finishing as a chilling example of its genre is ultimately squandered by its underwhelming final act.

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