It's still astonishing to me that the filmmakers went as balls-out evil as they did with Voldemort's look (and Fiennes' performance, absolutely terrifying). By this point, they weren't even pretending that these movies were for kids anymore.
There's something utterly terrifying about being in the woods. The sameness of the surroundings. The disorientation when you've lost your way. The otherworldliness of its silence. The knowledge that other living creatures are out there with you, unseen. And that's during the daylight hours.
But when the sun goes down...
THE RITUAL continues the tradition of playing on our fears of the woods that was previously touched upon by films like THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, KILL LIST, THE VVITCH, hell…