THE IRISH NEWS AND THE IRISH TIMES REVIEW THE RITUAL

By 11th October 2017Uncategorised

Good notice from The Irish Times, who place the film in good company.

“One of the most welcome developments in contemporary genre cinema has been the creeping revival of the folk horror, with Ben Wheatley’s Kill List and A Field in England, David Keating’s Wake Wood, and Tom Shankland’s The Children tapping into the old ley lines.

The Ritual, a taut new film from director David Bruckner (The Signal, V/H/S), is recognisably related to such weird, wondrous classics of the form as The Wicker Man and The Blair Witch Project. But its themes of grief and guilt equally gesture toward J-horror, a subgenre wherein festering thoughts are routinely made manifest.
This psychological dimension, imported from Adam Nevill’s award-winning 2011 source novel, elevates the material above its rather familiar “if you go down to the woods today; no, really, just don’t” pitch.”

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Slightly more arch review from The Irish News, but it’d make me want to see it nonetheless. To be honest, I’m pleasantly surprised at the response from the mainstream media so far. The fact they’ve even noticed and considered the film is very encouraging.

“THE Hangover downs shots with Deliverance and The Blair Witch Project, and blood flows more readily than the booze, in David Bruckner’s horror thriller.
Laced with Nordic mythology and laddish banter, The Ritual is a grim tale of hapless thirtysomething pals, who get horribly lost in a Scandinavian forest and come face-to-face with a malevolent force that drives them to the brink of despair.”

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