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‘The Ritual’ Clips Explore a Creepy Cabin in the Woods!

David Bruckner‘s cabin-in-the-woods horror film The Ritual is officially out in UK cinemas. 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.

Joe Lipsett reviewed the film out of its World Premiere, explaining that it “make audiences reconsider any plans they have to go for a hike in the woods anytime soon.

We scored two eerie clips from the film that explore a cabin in the woods.


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 artifacts 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 (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.

Bruckner is a part of the Bloody Disgusting family having directed the “Amateur Night” segment in V/H/S and the infamous surgical sequence in Southbound. He’s also one of the directors of The Signal (2007) and nearly ended up directing the next installment of Friday the 13th. This looks like an excellent consolation prize.



  • Saturn

    So I went to see it today and had a good time with it,.
    It’s a pretty good solid horror movie, which will probably be compared to The Descent meets The (original, not THE BEES!) Wicker Man. With less singing.
    Is it as good as either? No.
    Is it better than a lot of recent stuff like Wish Upon? Damn straight.

    I won’t go too far into a “review” per se, as I’m a little drunk.
    Hell, it’s my cousin’s birthday today.
    Jason – Happy Friday the 13th…..

    It’s a good solid entry – will it be remembered as a classic of the genre? No. But, I am going to give the source material novel a read.
    Will it be remembered as decent? Yes. Very much so.
    Now, back to my old pagan worshipping…..

  • Satanzilla

    Going out and doing some strenuous thing in nature after a friend or family member kicks it seems to be the norm in the U.K. Same thing in The Descent — can anyone think of another movie?

    Will this be streaming in the USA soon?

  • Zoe Kavanagh

    This is a really solid horror film! I suppose if you combine The Descent, Blair Witch and The Wicker Man this is what you’ll get.

    • Saturn

      Pretty much, yeah.
      Is it as good as any of them? Not quite, but it’s still a movie I had a good time with which I’d heartily recommend to anyone who may be considering checking it out.
      I saw it Friday with a friend who’s also a horror nut and we both thought it was a solid 8/10.
      I’ll be picking up the shiny disc.

    • YankyPanky


  • Necro

    On my list

  • jackstark211

    I loved the book.

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