Underappreciated Movie of the Week: THE RUINS

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Year: 2008
Director: Carter Smith
Genre: Horror

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What it’s about:
A group of friends take a trip to Mexico. Instead of relaxing by the pool they travel into the jungle in search of an archeological dig. Everything goes great and they live happily ever after…just kidding, shit goes real bad.

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Why you should watch it:
My first thought when hearing about the ‘The Ruins’ was that it sounded like a typical cliched horror movie. While it does have some horror movie cliche’s, there’s enough originality and actual scares in this movie that the cliche’s don’t bother me. The screenplay was written by Scott B. Smith, who also wrote the novel on which the film is based (which is also great, go read it). He takes what could have been another generic ‘young good-looking people trapped in a foreign place’ story and makes it satisfyingly original.

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The young cast is great even though the characters are a little underwritten, the cinematography and location is gorgeous, and the sound design is perfect. The best part about this movie is the overall feeling of dread throughout. The gore effects are great and the squirm factor is cranked up to 11.

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So if you’re in the mood for a good original horror movie then check this one out. It’s not quite a modern classic, but ‘The Ruins’ has enough originality and scares to please any horror fan.

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Go watch this movie!

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