The Ruins

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Despite a solid cast and truly frightening source material, The Ruins founders, thanks to a weak script and an excess of gore.

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Amy (Jena Malone), Stacy (Laura Ramsey), Jeff (Jonathan Tucker) and Eric (Shawn Ashmore) look for fun during a sunny holiday in Mexico, but they get much more than that after visiting an archaeological dig in the jungle. Carnivorous vines try to ensnare the friends in their tendrils, forcing the group to fight for survival.

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Joe Anderson
Mathias
Jesse Ramirez
Mayan Bowman
Luis Ramos
Mayan Rifleman
Scott B. Smith
Screenwriter
Ben Stiller
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Trish Hofmann
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Gary Barber
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Roger Birnbaum
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Darius Khondji
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Grant Major
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  • Oct 15, 2020
    A gruesome exposé on the perils of partying college kids visiting ruins deep in the jungle.
    Mark B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 29, 2013
    Like most horror movies 'The Ruins' (2008) is formulaic, with characters who are written for the audience to see them suffer in excruciatingly repulsive ways. Yet the acting is actually pretty decent and there are some nifty gore effects to keep horror fans rather engaged. But still, there are far better films out there.
    Noah N Super Reviewer
  • Aug 05, 2013
    The Ruins is a nice little low budget ecological thriller, it has good amount of scares but the focus on gore wasn't really great for the film itself. The characters are way too stupid to be realistic and there were quite a bit of plot holes involved, what a shame.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Dec 05, 2012
    [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] While a cheesy poster and an unimaginative title might lead you to believe that The Ruins is probably nothing more than a very generic nature horror flick the payoff is actually an increasingly suspenseful, and blood soaked squirmer. When I look at a lot of the horror films of recent years which take groups of beautiful teenagers into dangerous environments I see no signs of real quality. But watching this little film my faith in creature features was instantly resurrected. The acting is noticeably strong, although it's not explored further with character development it's easy to forgive because of the sheer skill at hand and how effectively filmed and brutally straight-faced it manages to unfold without at any point becoming laughable. As a regular viewer of horror, I found that to be the triumph. It is a very under rated film. It's nothing that remarkable but was born out of an original idea and is made pretty well on it's low budget. As an adaptation to the Scott Smith novel of the same name, I can't judge it. As a genre piece however, I don't think it is getting the full credit that it truly deserves. With a solid cast, a genuinely intriguing premise and a sick and bloody sense of mind it will indisputably work for the crowd it's going for. And I for one am part of it. While it does unfold with some of the typical slasher cliches, it got so much underneath my skin I simply didn't care. It's essentially a horror film that has ancient killer plants for it's antagonist in the same way as The Day Of The Triffids, it frightened me and didn't leave me rolling on the floor laughing, that just demonstrates how well made it is. It doesn't do anything new but as perfectly well constructed disgusting horror it really gets the job done, especially in a world where the great value of horror in cinema has become rare.
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