The ritual - under the spell of evil

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German title The ritual - under the spell of evil
Original title ritual
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 2001
length 99 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director Avi Nesher
script Rob Cohen
Avi Nesher
production Richard Donner
David Giler
Ted Hartley
Walter Hill
Robert Zemeckis
music Shirley Walker
camera David A. Armstrong
Douglas Milsome
cut Robert A. Ferretti
Michael Schweitzer

The ritual - Under the spell of evil (Original title: Ritual ) is an American horror film from 2001 . Directed by Avi Nesher , who wrote the script with Rob Cohen . The plot uses motifs from the horror film I Followed a Zombie by Jacques Tourneur from 1943.


The doctor Alice Dodgson is entrusted with the care of Wesley Claybourne, who lives in Jamaica . Some murders happen in town. Dodgson discovers that the man's illness is caused by voodoo spells his brother uses to harm him. The brother of the plantation owner wants Claybourne to be declared incapable of doing business. Dodgson takes part in some ritual acts, including a dance, in the fight against the supernatural forces.


Christopher Null wrote on that the film, conceived as the third part of the same feature film series as Bordello of Blood , was "cute" and "crazy". The viewer doesn't need to be bored.

The lexicon of international films wrote that the film vacillated “indecisively between splatter , satirical elements and romantic drama” and “never reached the density of the original”. His “naive exoticism” seems “rather embarrassing”.

The magazine TV direkt 15/2008 wrote that the film was staged "bungled".


The film was released directly on video and DVD in some countries such as Spain and the USA.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b The Ritual - Under the Spell of Evil in the Lexicon of International FilmsTemplate: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used , accessed on July 20, 2008
  2. Film review by Christopher Null  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , accessed July 20, 2008@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /  
  3. TV direkt 15/2008, page 75
  4. Release dates for Ritual , accessed July 20, 2008