Thursday, October 17, 2019

31 Days of Halloween: "The Ritual"

It seemed like any other day at the pub. Five friends were planning their next guys trip. One of the friends, Rob, suggests hiking in Sweden and the others turn down that spot almost immediately. Later that night, Rob and one of the other friends Luke go into a shop real quick to buy vodka when they are right smack dab in the middle of a robbery in progress. Luke retreats behind an aisle. While Rob is held up, being told to give up his wallet and watch. Luke is contemplating using the vodka bottle as a weapon, but he can't bring himself over to the robbers. When the robbers ask Rob for his wedding ring, he stands firm and says no. He is killed for it. This will go on to haunt Luke for a long time, since the last thing Rob saw was the whole of Luke's eyes.

Luke wakes up from a nightmare recalling the incident, he wakes up in a tent several six months later. To honor Rob's friendship and legacy, Luke along with their other friends; Dom, Phil and Hutch all go to Sweden for the hiking trip Rob suggested. Everything seems to be going okay, even if feelings are still a little raw. But that mostly changes once they begin having severe nightmares, and they start getting lost in the woods. 

If you think this is a simple slasher movie, you'd be mistaken. "The Ritual" takes some ques from "Blair Witch Project," "The Thing" and "The Wicker Man" and blends them into something that is solely its own thing. There is striking mood and atmosphere throughout the whole movie. There are some wickedly gruesome deaths. There is a creepy cult and quite possibly the creepiest creature I've seen in a movie in a long while. This is a movie that has a little bit of everything, and it relishes every moment of it. 

This is a British production, and the only actor you'll probably recognize the most is Rafe Spall. But the acting is amazing across the board. This is a modern movie that really delivers the scares and its one of the very best Netflix originals around right now.

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