Oh, wow. The trailer for The Ritual has landed and it’s special. There is an uncomfortable blend of comedy and horror that leans very heavily into the horror side and we love it.
The film follows a group of friends who embark on a hiking trip through a Scandinavian forest, but stumble upon a few freaky moments on the way. The trailer showcases typical horror scares like an abandoned cabin, dead animals strung up on the trees and strange shrines that suggest a – you guessed – demonic ritual. However, there is a breath of fresh air in the film’s preoccupation with the guilt that plagues one of the characters and, as mentioned, the subtle string of comedy provides a much-needed reprise from the horror.
The woods are always a scary place to be, but The Ritual is making them even scarier.
The Ritual comes from V/H/S/ and Southbound director David Bruckner and stars Rafe Spall, Robert James-Collier, Arsher Ali and Sam Troughton. Check out the trailer (below) and the impressively unsettling poster (right).
The Ritual will hit cinemas from Friday 13th October. Nice.
Words: Jessy Williams (@JessyCritical)