By 12th September 2017Uncategorised

Only a few weeks remain until the film adaptation of my third novel, The Ritual, hits the big screens right across the UK and Europe on October 13th. And after the film has featured at two International Film Festivals – at Sitges in the Official Fantàstic Competition, and in Toronto’s Midnight Madness – my horns are crossed that distribution for North America and many other international territories will also be finalised.

The film had its premiere in Midnight Madness at the Toronto International Film Festival last friday, supported by the cast, director, producers and screenwriter. The reaction from critics and horror fans who attended Midnight Madness has been very favourable (massive snort of relief), as were the initial reactions from the press screening in London, and that augurs well. Here are a few of my favourites so far:

“One of the best British horror films ever made and by far the best horror of the year. Instant genre classic either way.” SCREAM Magazine

“Very strong, tough horror movie, with a really dark heart.” Cinevue

“the creature was unlike anything I’d seen before. I could see it going down well with the Friday night cinema crowd.” Total Film

“Really enjoyed it – reminded me a bit of Dog Soldiers and The Descent – a good mix of British wit/humour with lots of jumpy moments.” Esquire

“Bruckner, aided by Joe Barton’s brilliantly realistic dialogue, does a fantastic job in highlighting all the right themes, without ever resorting to the facile in order to drive the idea home. Playing with the whole “cabin in the woods” horror genre, mixed with what is generally referred to as “pagan folk horror” a la The Wicker Man, the film manages to install a real sense of unease and genuine terror in its audiences, which is no mean feat” Heyuguys.com

“Bruckner nimbly jumps between various styles of scares and horror. He mixes psychological distress and grief with harsh nature survival, monster mash shenanigans, and a touch of the surrealistic uncanny. It all plays well, executed with terse intensity and a horror fan’s knack for shifting subgenres on demand to buck audience expectations. Spall is brilliant as the damaged lead, giving the heightened genre outing enough humanity to sting.” Dorkshelf

And information for Sitges can be found here 

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