43: The Ritual: No Rattan Effigies, Please

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Welcome to Everything Trying to Kill You, the comedy podcast that talks about horror movies! In episode about David Bruckner’s film The Ritual, “No Rattan Effigies, Please,” your hosts Mary Kay McBrayer and Mary Beyer, along with their lovely guest and friend of the podcast, Nick, answer important questions like these:

What’s the scariest place you’ve ever traveled or would like to travel? What was the scariest part of this movie? How about that monster? What the everloving hell are we looking at? What’s that effigy upstairs? What is that? What’s up with the feet? Why did the cinematography frame the feet so much? Were those human ankles? Was that a red herring effigy? Was the effigy more disturbing than the monster itself? Does the effigy tap into the fear of dolls? Like, it’s not supposed to move, but WHAT IF IT DOES? Did the characters run together for you? Was it because of their British accents? Is this a retelling of the Crusades, that the Englishmen’s first impulse is “burn this religion to the ground, literally?” Why is it important that the logic of this religion is hard to understand? Is this a cult within the heathenism? What’s the significance of the rune magic? Is the woman who explains what’s happening the same woman whose tent they find? How did they come into the store while the hold-up was happening? Why would you hold up a store if you didn’t have a gun? Are we meant to think that the friend’s death could be prevented? What about the order in which they die? Can we talk about the nightmare of fluorescent lighting? The bodies upstairs… what? What god’s bastard would you least want to run into?

The Ritual (2018)– Directed by David Bruckner. Written by Joe Barton and Adam Nevill. Performances by Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali, Robert James-Collier. Adapted from the novel by Adam Nevill.

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Folklore, Fairy Tale, Mystery

Where to watch: Netflix

Summary: Reuniting after the tragic death of their friend, four college pals set out to hike through the Scandinavian wilderness. A wrong turn leads them into the mysterious forests of Norse legend, where an ancient evil exists and stalks them at every turn.

54 episodes