The Ritual, directed by David Bruckner and written by Joe Barton, begins when a group of men plan to take a holiday together by hiking. Tragedy strikes and one of the group is killed in a robbery. In order to honor his memory, the rest of his friends follow through with their plans and hike through Sweden. On their way back, they take a shortcut through a forest. Before they can get too far, they realize that someone, or something, is hunting them.
What I Thought
Without a doubt, this is one of the best horror films I have seen in a long time. It was clever and some of the filmography was truly stunning. The acting was superb, and I loved how it did not fall into the traps of so many other horror movies, which rely on jump scares to be thrilling. Every place that I expected there to be a jump scare did not have one, and it made it that much more exciting. The ending was also incredible, and I loved how the movie took a turn towards something completely unexpected.
All the horror-y things aside, I found that the movie also had profound notions of bravery, guilt and redemption. I thought that this added a sense of intricacy to the plot, which helped it to depart from being simply a Blair Witch Project imitation, of sorts.
It was original and entertaining, and it is top on my list of favorite horror movies of 2018. Netflix, you have done us all proud.
Why You Should Watch It
This movie is creepy AF, and some of the twists and turns were unexpected. It was a faced-paced ride and it left me reeling until the day after. Definitely watch this movie if you are looking for a good-quality, creepy movie.