The Ritual: This Netflix offering recycles tropes from better horror movies


Pagan alert. The other three are considerate enough to keep their mouth shut during the trip… for a while, anyway. Do not even get me started about the intense bias that accompanies the portrayal of pagan rituals in western cinema. The cowards, and not the meek, shall inherit the earth. So terrifying. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App
© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd There are strange, beastly sounds. One extenuating thing about The Ritual is the use of setting. A supernatural entity seems to stalk them. They take shelter inside a cottage, in which they come across what looks like a wooden torso. Four middle-aged dudes Luke, Phil, Dom, and Hutch go on a hiking to northern Sweden as a screwed-up tribute to their friend. This film uses the gorgeous shots of mountains, valleys in one of the most untarnished places on earth (sometimes called Europe’s last true wilderness) to a great effect. Also, a much low-key, but almost as good Stephen King adaptation, Gerald’s Game, that debuted on Netflix instead of theaters, and transformed a tiresome book into a 100 odd thrilling minutes. Related News
Top 5 TV shows you are not watching but shouldAltered Carbon review: This Netflix series is massively entertaining, but could have been so much moreFive TV shows you should watch if you liked Altered CarbonThere have been many genre-defining and innovative horror movies in recent times. And the proverbial “things” begin to happen. Norse witchcraft. The said friend was killed in a robbery in a store, while Luke (Rafe Spall) hid and watched. You need finesse even when you are doing the same damn thing. Get Out, without a doubt, is one. Both much better movies. And that is a shame, for I am a huge fan of Bruckner’s work. This is the first time he has helmed a movie solely, and while there is nothing particularly wrong in this direction, why he even chose to direct this itself is beyond me. There was also It. Dom (Sam Troughton) injures his knee, and instead of traversing across the mountains, they decide to go through the woods. The scenery might have distracted me from otherwise dull film. This film, that clocks just over an hour and a half, feels like a mish-mash of multiple and disparate horror movie tropes. Directed by horror veteran David Bruckner (V/H/S, The Signal), The Ritual is the very definition of a formulaic movie. Ooh! The latest horror offering on Netflix, The Ritual, unfortunately, is one of those horror movies that get released every year and are forgotten soon after. The Ritual is certainly not one of them. I know woods are necessary for the ghosts to do scary things and chase down our heroes, but I wish they had set most of the film in the mountains. The Descent (in the sense that a tragedy looms over the trip to a remote place in both films) and Blair Witch Project (monster or monsters in the woods, albeit without the shakiness) seem to be the top ‘inspirations’ for The Ritual. 2018-02-12T14:58:07+00:00″>
Published: February 12, 2018 2:58 pm

There have been many genre-defining and innovative horror movies in recent times.