Carter Smith’s The Ruins is a horror movie that will make you squirm in your seat much like Event Horizon did with atmosphere and Hard Candy did with suggestion. The Ruins, adapted from Scott Smith’s novel of the same name, starts out as your ordinary horror movie but with enough forethought to actually give the viewer some time to get to know the film’s protagonists, much like the first act of Wolf Creek.
A few salacious body shots, a wink to the horror buff that The Ruins is following the slasher/horror regulations established in the 1980s (blood, guts and t&a) and we are off to the Mayan ruins. This is where the horror movie aspect of The Ruins kicks into gear, a film section housing originality, brutality and gore galore. I don’t want to ruin (no pun intended) who, what or where the eventual antagonist(s) in The Ruins comes from. That is what separates this film from regular horror movies. I will say that when certain attacks come, they will make your skin crawl. These instances and the unexpected, the things not advertised in The Ruins’ commercials and trailers, the issues and scenarios broached in the book that were transferred into this film, are what makes The Ruins an above-average horror movie.
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