Folks are never short of an opinion and receptions to anything creative seem to oscillate so wildly between love and hate these days. So, for an indie horror film with a modest budget (my favourite films always seem to fall into that category), we’ve all been delighted and even startled by the reaction to the film on Netflix, from Reddit to the fan-art on Tumblr, to the posts and tweets in social media. When I think back on the commitment and dedication of the film-makers, and the exhausting schedule the production team and cast saw through, I’m so pleased to see their work recognised so widely and with such enthusiasm.
From LA Times: “The Ritual” is efficient and highly effective in its style, relying on sound, creepy production design, and the men’s own fear and misjudgment to create the sense of pervasive doom. We don’t see the monster in too much detail, leaving the mystery intact, but the creature design is stunningly original.”
From Alliance Theatre: “The Ritual is just the kind of solid effort that deserves more promotion, especially if you enjoy a small-scale horror film that makes the most of a limited budget. It’s the feature debut of Atlanta native David Bruckner as a solo director. Bruckner previous proved his chops by helming the acclaimed “Amateur Hour” segment from the anthology V/H/S and being one of the three directors of the triptych-style sleeper hit The Signal.”
From Thrillist: “Without getting into too much detail, (but worthy of a minor spoiler warning) The Ritual also reveals a monster in its final moments. It’s a creature connected to lore that’s far more ancient than anything dreamed up by J.J. Abrams. But, even as the exposition piles up, the focus is always on Luke and his fellow hikers. Bruckner keeps his camera locked on their faces as they’re stalked by a mysterious entity they can’t begin to comprehend. That understanding of how to scare an audience shouldn’t be so rare. The tools of suspense on display here aren’t exactly secrets. Still, it’s surprising to see them used so effectively.”