★★★★☆

After the tragic death of their friend, Luke (Rafe Spall), Dom (Sam Troughton), Hutch (Robert James-Collier) and Phil (Arsher Ali) honour him by taking a hiking holiday to Sweden. But after whiny Dom twists his ankle, they take a shortcut back. Bad idea. 

Following his previous genre efforts Southbound and V/H/S, David Bruckner’s witty horror The Ritual treads a fine line between scares and laughs, but this examination of late-thirties masculinity in crisis by way of forest-bound terror is right on target. With the all British cast and dry sense of humour, you’d swear this was a British production from the likes of Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, or Neil Marshall. But unlike the celebrated Cornetto Trilogy, Bruckner’s effort is very much at the horror end of the horror-comedy spectrum. Though the plot recalls The Blair Witch Project, the film it most resembles stylistically is the superb The Descent.

For the full review, head over to CineVue.

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