Ritual (film)

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Tales from the Crypt Presents: Ritual
Ritual poster.jpg
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Directed by Avi Nesher
Produced by Richard Donner
David Giler
Walter Hill
Ted Hartley
Robert Zemeckis
Written by Inez Wallace
Starring Jennifer Grey
Craig Sheffer
Tim Curry
John Kassir (voice of The Crypt Keeper)
Music by Shirley Walker
Cinematography David A. Armstrong
Douglas Milsome
Edited by Robert A. Ferretti
Michael Schweitzer
Distributed by RKO Pictures
Release dates
  • September 18, 2002 (2002-09-18) (Philippines)
  • May 2, 2006 (2006-05-02) (United States)
Running time

99 minutes

106 minutes(DVD/Blu-Ray)
Country United States
Language English

Tales from the Crypt Presents: Ritual is the third and final film spin-off from the HBO television series Tales from the Crypt, the first being Demon Knight and the second being Bordello of Blood. The film was released in 2002 and stars Tim Curry, Jennifer Grey, and Craig Sheffer with Avi Nesher directing.[1] and is based on the film I Walked With a Zombie.[2] It is to date, the last production of the Tales From the Crypt franchise.


Dr. Alice Dodgson (Jennifer Grey) is a failed physician that travels to Jamaica to care for Wesley Claybourne (Daniel Lapaine), a young man apparently suffering from encephalitis. Because she had been fired due to her actions resulting in the death of a patient, Alice has few options left and decides that she is willing to serve as Wesley's nurse. While in Jamaica Alice begins to fall for Wesley and starts to suspect that she and Wesley are the targets of a voodoo cult. She manages to befriend Caro (Kristen Wilson), a local girl that recommends that Alice not get overly involved with the rumors of voodoo and to overly mind her own business, since it's likely that if anyone is after Alice then it's because she is interfering. As things grow more tense, the viewers learn that Caro is behind all of the strange things going on and that she was seeking revenge due to Wesley's father killing her mother and denying that he fathered Caro, thus leaving her unable to inherit anything from him. Ultimately Caro managed to paralyze Alice and is about to turn her into a zombie, only for Alice to reveal that she was not completely paralyzed and causes Caro's plan to backfire, turning Caro into a zombie instead. Alice and Wesley then move back to the US and find jobs, whilst the local Police Chief takes the now zombie Caro home and puts her in his bed.



A third Crypt movie was planned on the release of Bordello, but due to the low box office take in on the film, references to the Tales from the Crypt franchise were removed until the DVD release.[3]


This movie was originally released for foreign countries in 2001. It was also released in Japan on January 25, 2006. It was not released in the United States and Canada until May 2, 2006 on DVD. It was later released on Blu-ray on Dec 04, 2012.


Echo Bridge Entertainment - Miramax (Region A)

  • Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • Resolution: 1080i (Codec: MPEG-4 AVC)
  • Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (48 kHz, 24-bit)
  • Note: 25GB Blu-ray Disc


It was received mixed, garnishing a 44% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[4]


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