The Ritual

The Ritual ★★★½

God this movie was a breath of fresh air. I came into this movie with some assumptions but none of these were upheld. Efficient and highly effective in its style, relying on sound, creepy production design, and the men's own fear and misjudgment to create the sense of pervasive doom.

I respect the director for not going for not going the easy jumpscare route and creating believable conflict that makes us invested in the characters. It had both solid practical and CGI effects so I wasn't let down there. The first thing that instantly grabs you about The Ritual is the kinship and camaraderie shared by the film's key players. The core cast all play a part in making the viewer care. There's panic, terror, confusion and even the odd dry joke to bring some levity to the tension. Everyone (bar Dom) is likeable to various degrees. And overall the film had a strong polish on it that really sold the atmosphere it created. Really enjoyed the whole experience and hope to see more horror like this in the future.

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