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The Ritual

  • 2017
  • R
  • 94min
  • 72%
  • 6.3 / 10

The film focuses on a group of old college friends who reunite at a bar and, following a deadly confrontation with a robber, choose to honor their friend's final wishes by planning a hiking trip into the Sarek National Park in Sweden. Several months later, they reconvene for their trip. However, what they believe to be a fun and relaxing vacation trip catching up with one another, and remembering their lost friend, turns out to be a literal nightmare that they may not escape from with their lives. As they delve deeper into the forest, they are haunted by supernatural forces, nightmares, and mysterious discoveries, like satanic effigies and dangerous strangers. The group find their numbers dwindling and in dire straits, as they are confronted head-on by these strangers, and they are caught up in the titular ritual. Their trip has become a nightmare come to life from which they must struggle to break free.

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Based in fairly typical supernatural horror film trappings, like a group of old friends and a mysterious cabin in the woods, The Ritual delves into the folklore and mythos of the region in which it is set. With the bulk of the film taking place entirely in the Swedish wilderness, the plot's focus falls on the ancient Scandinavian mythological creatures and rituals for its scares, bringing a somewhat unique feel to what is an otherwise very busy genre.

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The Ritual is a 2017 British horror film directed by David Bruckner and written by Joe Barton, based on the 2011 novel of the same name, from author Adam Nevill. The movie was produced by Jonathan Cavendish, Richard Holmes, and renown actor and motion capture artist Andy Serkis. The cast of the film includes Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali, Sam Troughton, and Robert James-Collier. Production for the project was handled by The Imaginarium and eOne Films, who also handled distribution in the United Kingdom. Internationally, the film was distributed exclusively by Netflix starting in 2018, by way of their online digital streaming platform. In its limited UK theatrical run, the film reportedly earned around $1.5 million, adjusted from British pounds.

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