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Tales from the Crypt Presents Ritual

3.6 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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Jobless after having her medical license revoked, Dr. Alice Dodgson (Jennifer Grey, Dirty Dancing) accepts an offer to travel to Jamaica and treat American Paul Claybourne's (Craig Sheffer, A River Runs Through It) mysteriously ailing brother. But immediately upon her arrival, Alice finds herself immersed in the exotic rhythm and harmony of this foreign civilization.....and besieged by the locals with terrifying tales of zombies and demonic possession. As her long-held faith in science clashes with her new experiences in the supernatural, Alice must ultimately submit to the strange native culture to save her patient, while fighting to escape with her own life. Also starring Tim Curry (Kinsey).

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jennifer Grey, Craig Sheffer, Tim Curry, Daniel Lapaine
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 3, 2011
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004SUDQCW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,758 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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First let me say that I think I'm the biggest Tales from the Crypt fan alive, so of course I had to have this movie. Ritual has been out on dvd for several years in other countries, I'm honestly not sure why it took so long to get it here. Perhaps the success of the television show's dvds helped spur Dimension into releasing it (or maybe it's because I emailed them like a million times lol). At any rate it's finally here, and I must say I actually enjoyed it a lot more than I expected to. It's definitely more of a low budget movie than Demon Knight or Bordello of Blood, but that doesn't detract too much from the entertainment value. The storyline is good, the action is good and the one scene of real gore is done quite well. I cannot in good conscience recommend that anyone pay $30 for it, but if you can nab yourself a cheaper copy, I don't think you will be too disappointed. There is really nothing scary about the movie, but it's a bit better than Bordello of Blood that's for sure! Plus the new Cryptkeeper segments at the beginning of the movie and after the ending credits are pretty enjoyable. And if all of us fans actually buy the movie, who knows what doors that could open for the Crypt?!
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This movie is not the same formula/format as the previous two (Demon knight & Bordello of Blood). But that is not to say that it is bad. This movie is more of a voodoo thriller than a horror movie... but it still very much holds your attention (more ways than one!) and stil delivers the goods. Tim Curry is excellent in this movie, and Jen Grey... well, just see the movie!

Now this movie is not without faults, but hell! ITs a DTV release! So..sheesh! Plus the cryptkeeper is added in only the beginning and end. But as a rasta-man version.

Overall, I say give it a shot. Its not the same... but its not too bad either!
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Look at any of my other reviews of the Tales From The Crypt series (I've reviewed them all)...they all get 5-stars (with the exception of Bordello of Blood).

Demon Knight, the first Tales From The Crypt feature film, is also 5-stars. It was the exception to the rule...the rule being that the Tales From The Crypt episodes would be 1/2 hour shorts that mirrored their EC Comics versions of the stories. Demon Knight got full length feature film treatment and it was well deserved.

Bordello of Blood, the second feature film, was a complete failure. It took a great formula (1/2 hour shorts) and added senseless length and detail to a story that could have made a great 1/2 hour episode.

Ritual was scheduled as the follow-up to Bordello, but when Bordello failed in the theatres, the full length theatre release of Ritual was scratched. In fact, the Tales people abandoned their commitment to Ritual, but apparently the legal eagles found a way to keep the Tales From The Crypt ties to the franchise for DVD.

It is clear by the introduction to the movie by a poorly puppeteered and lip-synced Cryptkeeper that the EC Comics guys and HBO were not involved in Ritual. The Cryptkeeper intro segment is recklessly spliced into a movie that really was never approved as a Tales From The Crypt story. And the Cryptkeeper doesn't even show up at the end of the movie as he without fail does in any other Tales feature. In fact, the movie isn't even based on an EC Comic as all the Tales From The Crypt moving picture stories are....Ritual is a remake of 1943's I Walked With A Zombie.

So here is Ritual on DVD. A Tales From The Crypt episode that might have been fair if included at 30 minutes in length in the awesome series. But it just doesn't even qualify.
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I've always loved Tales from the Crypt as well as cheesy horror films. When I discovered that they'd released a "new" TFTC film, I went out to get it almost immediately. I wish I'd waited until it came on cable. The film is mediocre at best.

The film surrounds a lovely young doctor (Jennifer Grey minus her trademark nose) who has lost her job after losing a patient. She manages to get a job at an exotic resort caring after a patient who believes that he's a zombie. Initially believing that he's merely insane, she soon discovers that not everything is what it seems.

I really wanted to like this film more than I did. Truly, I did. It just was pretty boring. Like another review said, it would have made a great 30 minute episode or a hour long film, but when it's stretched out over nearly 2 hours it becomes somewhat unbearable at times. There's a few good "shocker" scenes, but after the umpteenth time we see the old "scary scene & then she wakes up" schtick it begins to lose it's punch. It's not even as if there was a lack of talent- everyone in the film acts their little hearts out & there are some memorable characters. It's just that the film was too long & there wasn't enough storyline there to justify that. If not for that flaw, the film could have been much better.

As it is, I was still entertained enough to finish watching it & I did enjoy some parts of the film. Not enough to tell everyone to rush out & get it, but enough to give a lukewarm recommendation if a friend really wants to watch it & there's nothing better in the video store.
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