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"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.
Despite a solid cast and truly frightening source material, The Ruins founders, thanks to a weak script and an excess of gore.
A more than satisfactory scare fest.
In compressing the novel down to a sloppy abridgement, the film fails to capture the eerie portent of its setting.
If you fancy a goofy little thrill that's a ray of sunshine compared to the usual glut of gloomy slasher flicks and tawdry torture pornos, The Ruins is just what the doctor ordered.
Moral of the story: never visit an out-of-the-way Mexican ruin covered by vines and blood-red flowers that make a squeaking sound.
The usual gore-and-gristle fare, but this one serves it up with a tad more suggestiveness and smarts.
Tourists vs. flesh-eating vines; guess who wins?
The Ruins does what a good psychological horror movie should do: rely on tension rather than gore to achieve its aims.
More disgusting than scary, The Ruins is the latest in a long line of horror films about upper-middle-class travelers being terrorized in unfamiliar environments.
Watchable killer-plant horror movie.
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