The Ruins (2008) Movie Review

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The Ruins (2008)

2008 | R | Horror, Thriller
90 minutes / 1h 30min

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The Ruins (2008) Review

The Ruins (2008) is an American-Australian supernatural horror film that is based on Scott Smith‘s novel of the same name. Scott Smith (A Simple Plan (1998)) also wrote the screenplay. The gut wrenching gross film was shot in Mount Tamborine, Queensland, Australia; Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia and Village Roadshow Studios, Oxenford, Queensland, Australia. Director Carter Smith (Jamie Marks Is Dead (2014), Bugcrush (2006), Boys Life 6 (2007)) did a fantastic job executing his first full-length film that was too gross for my taste with the devastating effect the killer plants have. The Ruins had an estimated budget of $8 million and grossed over $22 million at the box office.

The Ruins revolves around a group (four people) having the time of their lives while vacationing in Mexico. The group was enticed to visit an ancient pyramid of the Mayans as Jeff (Jonathan Tucker - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), Hostage (2005), Sleepers (1996)) who is a pre-med student talks them into it. Jeff told them that this is a once in a lifetime chance opportunity that they may never get again and should go. Oh why, oh why did the three friends listen to Jeff, did they not see enough horror movies to know how this can end? It did not take long for disaster to start after the group arrives at the pyramid ruins. They shortly found themselves surrounded by a group of people who had guns, arrows and wielding bows pointed at them preventing them from leaving the pyramid ruins. The group of friends is not sure what to expect whether they are being robbed or if they will be leaving alive or will they be leaving without any limb/body parts.

We soon learn that anyone who has had contact with the killer plant will have to be killed and later learned why. The group of friends was left to fend for themselves with the killer plants surrounding them leaving them stranded with no means of escape. Will the friends turn on each other? Will they do whatever it takes to get the ringing cellphone down deep in the dark pit?

The Ruins was a great scary movie to watch on a dark rainy night, but it was too gross for me, and I had to watch away a lot from the screen as a result of the gross graphic images. Excellent job with the character development, sound, special effects, cinematography, effective gore, frightening villain and disturbing images. The Ruins was one of the most creepiest and disturbing psychological horror movies from beginning to end that I have seen revolving around a killer pant that is out for blood, human blood that is. The movie was more about what friends/people will do in horrific situations to survive more than a human-blood-sucking plant. There was tension for more than 80 percent of the film scattered throughout, well not the first few minutes in the beginning.

  • The Ruins Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 6.07
  • IMDB: 5.9
  • MetaCritic: 4.4
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 4.8

About The Ruins 2008

Title: The Ruins
Year: 2008
Runtime: 90 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.04/5 stars from 64,582 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 64,582
MPAA Rating: R
The Ruins Cast Starring: Karen Strassman, Jena Malone, Shawn Ashmore, Joe Anderson, Laura Ramsey, Sergio Calderón, Michelle Atkinson, Jonathan Tucker, Sergio Calderón, Jesse Ramirez, Tanisha Marquez-Munduate, Tanya Rivera, Chris Argirousis, Alexander Gregory, Bar Paly, Jordan Patrick Smith, Jovina Riveros Padilla, Lucia Caballero, Balder Moreno, Rufino Hernandez, Dimitri Baveas, Carlos Enrique Delgado, Patricio Almeida Rodriguez, Mario Freire Rivera, Mario Jurado, Elmer Alaya, Luis Antonio Ramos, Jesus Tugumbango, Walter Quispe, Andy Meritakis
The Ruins Writers: Scott B. Smith
The Ruins Director: Carter Smith
Box Office: $17,402,425
Production: DreamWorks/Paramount Studios
Language: English, Maya, Spanish, Greek, German
Country: USA, Germany, Australia