The Ritual
The Ritual
Release date
13th Oct 2017
Running time
1hr 34mins
David Bruckner
Rafe Spall, Rob James-Collier, Sam Troughton

The Ritual

15 cinema age rating strong violence, threat, very strong language 

Taking the shortcut winds up being a bad idea for four friends hiking through an eerie stretch of Scandinavian forest.

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A lads’ night out for five reunited university friends plays out quite normally to begin with. A bar crawl, a few drinks, some reminiscing about past jaunts and a debate over the next group holiday.

But, when the night is over and Luke (Rafe Spall) and Rob (Paul Reid) go into a liquor store for supplies, things turn awry. A botched robbery leaves Rob dead, while Luke is left unscathed after hiding from the attackers.

Fast-forward a year later and the four remaining friends decide to honour Rob’s memory by embarking on a hiking trip in Scandinavia, which is exactly what he had wanted to do. However, as the group are out of shape and ill-prepared, it doesn’t take long for things to go south.

In a bid to get to the pub quicker, they decide to take a short cut through a rough stretch of forest and this is where things begin to get weird. Luke is haunted by vivid nightmares and flashbacks of his friend’s death, blaming himself for not stepping in to help, and freshly killed animals and creepy artefacts begin popping up more frequently.

Something is watching them and it’s moving in for the kill, leaving this group wishing they had gone to Vegas instead.

David Bruckner excels when it comes to horror, having worked his magic on V/H/S (2012), The Signal (2007) and Southbound (2015), and he makes good use of his strong cast and the unnerving setting.

Rafe Spall (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) puts in a strong performance as the troubled Luke, with stellar support from Rob James-Collier (Downton Abbey) and Arsher Ali (Line of Duty).
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