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.
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 confusing mix of ideas and scares that have been done better in other similarly structured movies. the screenplay can't really make it's mind up what it wants to be... there are worse things to stumble upon on Netflix but even at 94 mins this one drags.
Disappointing in light of the director's two prior short films, which were more inventive, but this is by no means a failure. Early on, there is a moment of shock and disorientation that feels pure, fresh, and exciting. It captures the transition between "tripping balls" and "returning to reality" with medical precision. This moment alone makes the movie worth watching.
A servicable horror yarn that shows a lot of promise but never delivers on it. The movie also borrows heavily from other movies making its voice and identity quite muddled and watered down. The actors are solid and the production design is pretty spot on and there are some tense scenes. However, the story fizzles out in the third reel and despite an inventive creature and grizzled cultists it is too late to care.