David Bruckner’s upcoming horror film The Ritual, which will stream on Netflix this February, had its rights recently purchased by the streaming service for a hefty $4.75 million after a lengthy bidding war had us wondering if we were ever going to get to see it. Now the survival film about a group of old college friends has finally updated with a new trailer and a rather spooky looking poster.
Directed by Bruckner (Southbound, The Signal) and written by Joe Barton (Humans), the film’s script is based on the 2011 novel by Adam Nevill, which details:
“Four friends from college who head off into the Scandinavian wild in an effort to get away from it all and reconnect with each other. But what begins as a trip of bonding and friendship turns into a nightmare when they take a shortcut and end up lost. Some of them are injured and they seem stranded with nothing but forest in every direction. While trying to find their way back to civilization, they come across what seems to be an abandoned cottage. Inside they discover ancient artifacts on the wall and bones scattered on the floor in a sacrificial manner. They soon discover that something is stalking them and is intent on keeping them from leaving the woods.”
The film already did well for itself back in September of last year at the Toronto International Film Festival, where its great reception lead to a ton of studios (like Lionsgate, Annapurna and IFC) fighting for it before Netflix eventually won out.
The Ritual will star Rafe Spall (The Big Short), Arsher Ali (Line of Duty), Robert James Collier (Downton Abbey) and Sam Troughton (AVP: Alien vs. Predator) as the unfortunate lad’s weekenders with nothing in common. The new trailer is a little less tongue-in-cheek than the previous one and gives a stronger impression of the dangers the group faces as they journey further into the forest. This trailer makes it clear that it’s a varied and full barrage of terror, seemingly both physical and imaginary, suffered by the gang at the hands of whatever hunts them.
The Ritual will premier on Netflix on February 9th.