15 July 2024
Rituals (1977)
100 min.
Directed by Peter Carter.
With Hal Holbrook, Ken James, Lawrence Dane, Robin Gammell, Gary Reineke, Murray Westgate, Jack Creley, Michael Zenon.
This above average journey-into-hell gem goes into the woods inspired by Deliverance (1972)...but definitely emerges with a little savage mood all its own.

The story: a group of physicians travel into an area of raw and isolated wilderness for some much needed time off...only to be systematically terrorized by an unseen menace.

The too often undervalued Hal Holbrook is sensational here. And there's a well crafted atmosphere boasting some creepy moments. Some bloody special effects and rough editing round out this above average effort.

And the stalker's motives are a refreshing twist on the backwoods slasher genre.

A winning sleeper that crawls under your skin and stays there.

Worth seeking out.

Also known as The Creeper.

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