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Netflix Just Bought David Bruckner’s ‘The Ritual’ for Nearly $5 Million

Earlier this month, David Bruckner‘s new film The Ritual (read our review) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it quickly drew interest from several buyers. Not surprisingly, it hasn’t taken long for a big money deal to go down.

THR reports today that Netflix has purchased The Ritual from eOne for worldwide release, excluding the U.K. A source has pegged the deal at $4.75 million!

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.

In the film..

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…

The Ritual 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).

It’s 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.



  • MaryMaria

    Nice! I remember seeing the trailer for this in theaters and thought it looked interesting.

  • Wil McMullen

    I read this book a year ago… I hope this film stays true to the source material.

    • Saturn

      We have it released over here in Blighty in around about a week or so – would it be a good idea to speed-read the book first (and if so, who authored it?) or just go in to the movie blind?

  • Barry El Beardo

    This looks like the type of film you would find in your local supermarket for £5/$5

  • Grimphantom

    That tagline… lame…..

  • This movie doesn’t even remotely look interesting to me. Looks like a total guy flick, which has always been my least favorite subgenre. Not only that, how come everyone was bitching at Sense8 being too expensive but Netflix is spending millions on mediocre straight to dvd looking horror movies?

    • J Jett

      i’m still heartbroken that SENSE 8 was cancelled. thankfully they are giving us a proper 2 hour ending coming in 2018 (hopefully 2018 if not 2019).

  • GunsOfNavarone

    ‘excluding the U.K’ – Don’t make me laugh,lol. Where there is a will, there’s a way.

    • Bumper1

      this is because it is already out in the UK, I saw it in the cinema Monday night.

      • GunsOfNavarone

        That would involve taking a trip to the cinema and I’m reluctant to do so after having both War Of The Apes and It ruined by idiots playing with their mobile phones during the movie.

  • REC03

    I really wish Bruckner’s Friday the 13th movie would have panned out. The script was a lot of fun and he’s a talented director.

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