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Based on the terrifying best-seller by scott smith, the ruins follows a group of friends who become entangled in a brutal struggle for survival after visiting a remote archaeological dig in the mexican jungle where they discover something deadly living among the ruins.


Studio Paramount
SKU 208165002
UPC 097363499442
UPC 14 00097363499442
Format DVD
Release Date 1/26/2010
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Review Watch out, Martha Stewart! Not even your garden tools can stop the predators in The Ruins, a Hollywood adaptation of Scott Smith's novel. They aren't mummies, pharaohs, or cannibalistic tribesman, but killer flowers...No, this isn't a comedy like Little Shop of Horrors, but a shocking and disturbing experience that slaughters any comedic notions audiences may have after realizing they're watching a movie about killer flowers. Does the sight of a girl cutting herself open and pulling plants from her wounds make you cringe? Then prepare for one of the most unsettling horror films of the year...The Ruins should have further explored the psychological disintegration of the vacationers. With some big plot points unexplained, the movie never quite taps into its full potential. For instance, at one point the flowers "speak" to Stacy and convince her that Amy and Eric are having sex behind her back. Can the flowers read minds? The film could have revealed or developed plot points like this without taking away the mystery of the plants. The Ruins also could have allotted more time for the characters to turn on each other...Still, with One Missed Call, Shutter, and Prom Night delivering sell-out, watered down thrills, The Ruins is a breath of fresh air, and certainly not a horror movie that's easy to forget.
Reviewer Blake French
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review The Ruins does what a good psychological horror movie should do: rely on tension rather than gore to achieve its aims. This bleak, edgy motion picture isn't concerned with appealing to the masses that flock to multiplexes to enjoy the spatterings of the latest serial slasher or the hollow weirdness of a PG-13 ghost story. Adapting from his own novel, Scott Smith stays true to the tone and intent, if not all the specifics, of the original story. The Ruins is about the dynamics that develop within a group of five as they face the inevitability of their own deaths at the top of a lost Mayan temple in the middle of a jungle...The Ruins is no more a life affirming movie than the book is a feel-good page-turner. Smith understands suspense, though. His novel A Simple Plan was the source material for the Sam Raimi thriller. Although The Ruins is unquestionably horror, as the central conceit confirms, it belongs to a shrinking sub-category of the genre: adult films more concerned with generating tension and promoting viewer unease than reveling in an orgy of unrelenting violence. In order to appreciate The Ruins, one has to be a die-hard fan of horror or bloody thrillers. Those in that category will discover that The Ruins delivers the goods.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Rated R, Widescreen, English, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby, Digital Audio, Pan and Scan (TV Format), No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Empire Slick, sick stuff...
Grady Hendrix, ...a lean, mean horror machine...Like Hostel, this is a flick that's irredeemably sick and designed only to freak you out...
Pete Vonder Haar, Film Threat ...a handful of intense sequences and a few scenes of squirm-inducing gore...
Steve Prokopy, Ain't It Cool News The Ruins will make you scream, squirm, cringe and bite your nails.
Wesley Morris, Boston Globe A surprisingly effective little horror nightmare.

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