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‘V/H/S’ and ‘Southbound’ Director David Bruckner’s ‘The Ritual’ Gets a Trailer and Friday the 13th Release!

Horror veteran David Bruckner, who contributed to both our V/H/S and Southbound, will see his The Ritual open internationally (in UK and Irish cinemas) on Friday, October 13th.

The film follows a group of old college friends who embark on a hiking trip through an unnerving Scandinavian forest after the death of their friend.

The tagline is gold, joking, “They should have gone to Vegas…

We now have the film’s first ever trailer that’s intense, funny, and a bit scary. I love the scope and gritty look of the film, which is sort of reminiscent of An American Werewolf in London and the recent Blair Witch remake.

When four old University friends set off into the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle, they aim to briefly escape the problems of their lives and reconnect with one another. But when Luke, the only man still single and living a precarious existence, finds he has little left in common with his well-heeled friends, tensions rise. With limited experience between them, a shortcut meant to ease their hike turns into a nightmare scenario that could cost them their lives. Lost, hungry, and surrounded by forest untouched for millennia, Luke figures things couldn’t possibly get any worse. But then they stumble across an old habitation. Ancient artefacts decorate the walls and there are bones scattered upon the dry floors. The residue of old rites and pagan sacrifice for something that still exists in the forest. Something responsible for the bestial presence that follows their every step. As the four friends stagger in the direction of salvation, they learn that death doesn’t come easy among these ancient trees…

It stars Rafe Spall ( Rafe Spall (The Big Short, Life of Pi), Robert James-Collier (Downton Abbey, Spike Island), Arsher Ali (Line of Duty, Four Lions) and Sam Troughton (Robin Hood, Alien vs. Predator).

The Ritual is an adaptation of Adam Nevill’s horror novel, which won the August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel in 2012. Joe Barton wrote the screenplay. Rise of the Planet of the Apes Andy Serkis(!) produced via his The Imaginarium outfit.



  • Graham

    Looks fairly close to the book from what I remember, though I read it a few years ago. Looking forward to checking it out! The book maintained a really strong sense of atmosphere, so I’m hoping that the film does the same, particularly in the second half.

    • Sam rogers

      Just read this book last week actually. It looks pretty close minus the gas station bit. I hope they do the second part of the book too that was a wild change of pace.

  • Simon Allen

    Southbound sucked so hard .

    • The chicken man

      Southbound was aaaaaawesome. I watch it at least once a month.

      • Simon Allen

        Whatever tickles your pickle …..i wont take it away from you 🙂 .

    • Thank you. Glad to know I’m not alone. I didn’t get the hype for that movie and still don’t. I feel it had some good ideas, but the execution was off.

      • Simon Allen

        It got so many great reviews but i saw it and thought ….Meh at best .

  • Frank Gambino

    I fucking LOVED southbound!! Screw the haters! Brad, we ever gonna see a sequel???

  • ToryK

    Ooh, this looks nice!

  • Cameron

    Looks like they’ve altered the ending section for the movie, which is only good news. Nearly ruined the entire book.

    • Tadeusz Lorenzo Potocki

      I agree. That books was fantastic, until the final act.

  • Mr. Dry

    I really dig the atmosphere of this, it kinda has a Blair Witch Project vibe.

  • Wil McMullen

    I read this book and it was pretty good! Im looking forward to seeing this when its released

  • Micah Unice

    This looks better than the book. It seems they changed that slapstick third act.

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