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.
A very enjoyable horror movie, with some decent characterization, amazing cinematography and a great monster.
I do seriously wish it was longer though. Often times, horror movies feel too long, but I believe a more stretched out 2nd act would help with the tension and mythos featured in the film. Also, the ending felt too sudden and anticlimactic to make you feel anything but a bit cheated.