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The Ritual (2017)

The Ritual (2017)

Country:  UK

Director: David Bruckner

Main Stars:  Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali, Robert-James Collier, Sam Troughton, Paul Reid

Storyline:  A group of men as friend’s hike in Europe as a promise to a friend who pasted away. What they come across is evil.

Review (Spoils): The film starts with a bunch of men trying to relive their youth and have fun. They all decide to go hiking in Sweden after doing a vote. That night two of the friends go into a store during a theft. One hides as the other is brutal killed. The surviving friend Luke (Rafe Spall) has to live with the guilt and the secret. So, they all decide to go on the trip and on the way through the rough journey they all start to see things they shouldn’t, and things start to become creepy. Also, their friendship and true feelings towards Luke comes to pass.

Picture the film The Cave with men and with a touch of The Witch. The film goes from a true brotherhood bond to split hairs and unearthly evil coming to light. The movie gives you some flashbacks, fire, an occult, a death roaming Ki-Ri of some sort, blood talon marks, naked men, a female torso of plants and dead vegetation, a nasty tree impaling, a nasty slash to the head and some weird trippy imaginary.

Rating:  This film started off pretty decent but about half way through it went off track and tried to hard. The bonding and double crossing of the friends was awesome, and I loved that part of the film but when it comes to uprooting the evil within the film got lost. This did not ruin the film, but it could have been so much more if it didn’t not try so hard to tell the tales of the cult. The ending is also lacking and it just kind of stops when it should have been more of Wow ended.

6/10 Beers!


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V/H/S (2012)

V/H/S (2012)

Country: USA

Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, David Bruckner, Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, Chad Villella, Ti West, Adam Wingard

Main Stars: Calvin Reeder, Lane Hughes, Kentucker Audley, Adam Wingard, Hannah Fierman, Jas Sams, Sophia Takal, Joe Swanberg, Jeannine Elizabeth Yoder, Norma C. Quinones, Helen Rogers, Chad Villella

Storyline: A group of men break into a house and find a strange collection of VHS tapes that have collections of people being killed in unbelievable ways.

MV5BMTUwODAxMzMwNF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTk3MTQ5Nw@@._V1_SX214_AL_Review (Spoils): We have a group of men which break into a house and find a dead man sitting in a chair while the search for a tape in which they were to retrieve. During their search for the tape they come across a number of tapes that creepy or unreal footage on them. Each video tells a tale of something of the unknown.

“Amateur Night” The first tape is a tale of a group of three men who are out to shake the town the up. The groups of guys get drunk and do some drugs and end up bring back two girls back to the hotel room that they are staying in. One girl Lisa (Jas Sams) passes out as the creepy girl Lily (Hannah Fierman) is attracted to the odd ball boy of the group. The other two men force themselves on her to learn that Lily is not all she claims to be. It leads to a bloody mess.

“Second Honeymoon” A couple head to the Wild West to spend some time together. The woman of the couple Stephanie (Sophia Takal) gets her fortune told and learns that she is told visited by a loved one. This leads to a strange woman asking for ride in the middle of the night which the boyfriend (Joe Swanberg) declines. The woman becomes an intruder that films them, steals money and rubs the toothbrush on the toilet. This one ends also in a bloody throat slitting mess.

“Tuesday the 17th” Four friends take a trip through the bush and find bodies lying about and tell tales of horror that haunts the woods. They started to be hunted down one by one by a killer that looks like a blur running through the woods.

“The Sick Thing that Happened to Emily when she Younger” This sequence is webcam conversation between Emily (Helen Rogers) and her dick boyfriend James about her apartment being haunted. We have ghostly like children, a nasty itchy rash, a fetus from the back of the neck and some a connection between the boyfriend and the haunting

“10/31/98” This is the weaker of the bunch as it deals with a group of men as they come across a strange cult in the attic of an old haunted house. The special effects are pretty well done on this one though but the storyline is weak.

Rating: This to me is a modern day Creepshow which is a good thing. I personally had no idea what the film was about as I try not to read reviews before viewing films. This was a surprise for me as I did not know this was a bunch of short stories and I dug the film quite a bit. The stories were entertaining enough for me, it had some babes in it and it kept me glued to the screen. All of them were interesting except for the last one which kind of dragged on a bit. Want something new grab some beers and check this film out.

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7/10 Beers!


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