“It gets as far as it can on suggestion, wisely restraining itself until the suggestion of dark forces at work in the Swedish woods is almost unbearable, then explodes into a chaos of horrors. The Ritual is both the evocative, psychological horror of occult implication and, in some ways, a creature feature, combining tonally separate horror sub-genre trappings into a cohesive whole.”
“Mother Nature is ferocious, and she’s hungry.”
Nice precis of David’s other work here; all of which I liked (highly recommend The Signal). But soilers later on in the review if you haven’t seen the film.