THE RUINS - THE PIT OF HORROR REVIEW -- [Posted 27th June 2008]
It is something of a cliché amongst fans of horror
that the genre had its heyday in the 1970s and early
1980s, and has been utterly rotten ever since, "The
Ruins" is a minimal exception. It's neither great nor
terrible. But it definitely has it's moments.
Scott B. Smith adapts his own novel of tourism gone
wrong with this horror film. In THE RUINS, a group of
vacationers travel to a remote area in search of a
missing man, but what they find there is far more
disturbing and dangerous than they were prepared for.
And there you have it... just like in Eli Roth's
masterpiece "Cabin Fever", the killer is not a man, or
even a monster, but flesh-eating vines that can
apparently imitate a cell phone ringing? So here the
horror arises out of failings and foibles that are all
too human, with the virus serving merely to expose a
much deeper sickness in the principal players, (played
nicely by Jena Malone and Jonathan Tucker) and in the
end there is the grisly satisfaction of seeing
everybody get no more or less than what they deserve.
In short, "The Ruins" is old-school horror, a form of
unadulterated entertainment harking back to a decade
when mutilation, murder and mad malevolence seemed
somehow more innocent.
'THE RUINS' A Film by CARTER SMITH
Starring JONATHAN TUCKER - JENA MALONE - LAURA RAMSEY - SHAWN ASHMORE - JOE ANDERSON & SERGIO CALDERON
Screenplay & Novel Written by Scott B. Smith. Directed by Carter Smith.
[DISCUSS ON OUR FORUMS] [Review By John Gray]
RUN TIME 91mins (US)
CERT: USA, R / UK, 18