It’s quite fitting that I missed my ritual October horror movie on the night I was to watch The Ritual. I remember friends recommending this to me when it first came to Netflix and they were right to recommend it.
I am certainly thinking twice about going hiking especially in Europe. The Ritual is about a group of 5 men who always go on a vacation together over some sort of regular interval. But, they don’t seem to actually like each other much. One of them dies in a rather tragic way in the company of Luke. So now the other 3 sort of blame Luke for the incident.
They decide to do hike through the woods to spend their holiday at a lodge. It sounds like a wonderful trip to me, but things quickly go left.
The Ritual begins like many lost in the woods movies, but there is actually a bit of mystery on whether people are hunting them or if it’s something otherworldly. It’s worth watching this movie just to see what/who is hunting them. Trust me, it’s worth it.
Overall, I’d still take a trip like this, but I would not venture into the wilds of Europe while the world is more paranoid than usual. It would make it a lot harder for me to trust random cabins in the woods.
Things I learned:
- It’s better to move on from old friends than to have them all die.
- If it’s a good shortcut then it would just be the route. Don’t take sketchy shortcuts.
- Sometimes it’s good for your wellbeing to go through emotional pain.
- Be familiar with local mythology.