‘The Ritual’ Reviews: Netflix’s New Original Horror Film Is Worth a Trip to the Woods for Genre Fiends

With “The Cloverfield Paradox” all but a distant memory at this point, Netflix has released its latest original horror film: “The Ritual,” which is earning mixed-to-positive notices (which, to be fair, is better than most genre offerings).

David Bruckner (“Southbound,” “V/H/S”) directed the movie, which is now streaming.

Here’s what those coastal-elite critics have to say:Katie Walsh of the Los Angeles Times is for it:“‘The Ritual’ is efficient and highly effective in its style, relying on sound, creepy production design, and the men’s own fear and misjudgment to create the sense of pervasive doom.

We don’t see the monster in too much detail, leaving the mystery intact, but the creature design is stunningly original.”Henry Stewart‘s review for Slant is less enthusiastic, but still fairly positive:“‘The Ritual,’ based on the novel by Adam Nevill, is besieged with strange happenings, including Runic-like symbols carved

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