A pagan god/creature with the ability to induce hallucinations in the mind of people with guilt, four friends lost in a Scandinavian forest, multiple references to movies like King Kong, The Blair Witch Project and Deliverance to quote some of the best known. All in all, a good horror movie I can recommend.
Dawdles too much of its time with the familiar (the tragic start and emotional setup of The Descent, the ambiguous Lovecraftian horror and breakdown of the group dynamic of The Blair Witch Project,) that the rather tepid writing of the mate's relationship and dramatic emotion has an already-dry quality. Bruckner still films frights well, but they're initially sparse or atypical creatively, thus their appeal is stale.
Almost entirely generic and predictable, punctuated with some genuinely thoughtful moments of creative storytelling, folk terror, and a great soundtrack. The style they used to photograph the woods itself was phenomenal.
Lest you start to think all Netflix movies are the likes of "Cloverfield Paradox," here comes a breath of fresh air with "The Ritual." David Bruckner, having cut his teeth on anthology films, provides sturdy genre craft to this tale of male bonding gone awry. You'll spot his influences a mile away - "The Blair Witch Project" and "The Wicker Man" loom large - but "Ritual" proves well-acted and suspenseful to the end.
A step above the usual garbage horror Netflix defecates upon us. Is it a great horror film, no. But for whats here it's executed well enough & is worth at least 1 time watch for devout horror aficionados- or those suffering from boredom. GC was solid too, except a scene where the "Antagonist" of the film (My inept attempt at trying to avoid spoilers) is running otherwise the CG- (especially IT's design) was good.