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Rituals
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by Rob Gonsalves

"Compelling 'Deliverance' knock-off."
4 stars

'Deliverance' has such a primal, paranoid appeal that its been copied almost as much as 'Die Hard.'

It was adapted for the action-adventure template in Southern Comfort, and in Rituals its treated as straight horror although the acting (by Hal Holbrook and four other men probably better known in Canada) is much better than in most horror films. Holbrook and his doctor cronies (Robin Gammell, Ken James, Gary Reineke, and producer Lawrence Dane) are stalked by a mysterious killer while roughing it in the Canadian woods. The fun is in watching these civilized men of reason devolve into primitive, terrified warriors in the face of an invisible enemy who seems to be everywhere. The movie delivers a couple of hefty shocks, but it ends on a quasi-mystical note guaranteed to leave you going Huh?

Still worth a rental if you enjoy this type of yarn.

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originally posted: 04/15/07 07:40:21
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  02-Mar-1977 (R)

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Directed by
  Peter Carter

Written by
  Ian Sutherland

Cast
  Hal Holbrook
  Lawrence Dane
  Robin Gammell
  Ken James
  Gary Reineke
  Murray Westgate



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