Tales from the Crypt Presents Ritual
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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!
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i love the tv show so i'm happy the crypt keeper got an intro here but i didn't like his intro actually... ... ... Read morePublished 8 months ago by brandi bastian
Usually I like the cryptkeepers' costumes, puns & puppetry. However, Rituals intro gave the vibe that the film had fallen into the wrong creative hands, Idiocracy status. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Dale
This movie really has a lot of twists and turns right up until the end. While this movie is campy and B rated it doesn't detract from the storyline which was very well written. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
This wasnt as good as either of the first two tales from the crypt movies, especially demon knight, but it was still good. Read morePublished 18 months ago by AAA Watch Connection
This is another great dvd to add to any collection of scary movies. I would buy this again if need be.Published 21 months ago by christine c. marchand
The film had a nice Jamaican crypt keeper opening, but then falls flat after that. Dr. Alice (Jennifer Grey) comes to Jamaica to take care of a patient and show off her high beams. Read morePublished on December 31, 2013 by The Movie Guy
I love the actors in this and the storyline was great. I saw this first on TV and When I found it I just thought I would just like to have one and here we are. Highly recommended!Published on December 30, 2013 by J. Peterson
The movie was pretty good. Just wasn't the same with the animatronic Crypt Keeper in the beginning. Tim Curry plays a great actor in this movie. Read morePublished on November 19, 2013 by Timothy L. Sutter