The Ritual ★★½

Spottily effective as lost-in-the-woods monster movies go, with decent dialogue and a satisfying ramp up to its first scare scene. After that, however, with the hikers lost in woods, the film itself similarly goes off the rails, repetitively pulling from the same bag of tricks. When it finally reveals itself in the third act, the creature is underwhelming and its mythology underdeveloped.