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Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

The Ruins
On vacation and having fun... but not for long. The Ruins (Dreamworks)

I am soooo gullible! I love horror movies and every time a new horror film comes out I get my hopes up that this will be the one, the one that scares me. No matter how bad it may look, I eagerly seek them all out, naively hoping they will deliver. You’d think after all the disappointments I’ve experienced (because there actually are only a small percentage of good horror films out there) I would have become more jaded. But no. So it was with high expectations yet again that I headed off to the screening of The Ruins (opening April 4 throughout San Diego).

Hungry Hank from San Diego, CA
April 04, 2008 at 10:29 PM
Holy crap, Jena Malone is in this?!? That would almost negate my wuss reflex when it comes to horror films ... almost.

Mike from San Diego
April 07, 2008 at 01:48 AM
A few years ago i saw Carter Smith amazing short film "BugCrush", leave me breathless, so i really wanned to watch this. I guess i will buy a ticket for "Stop-Loss" then ill switch screens to watch "The Ruins"

Jason from SDSU
April 07, 2008 at 03:32 AM
Beth must have been in a particularly poor mood when she wrote this review because me and the other people in the theater loved it. I was seriously squirming for pretty much the entire time. It may be true that many of the genre films that have come out in theaters lately have been pretty bad, but this is not the case. The Ruins is a good fun ride. Best to go in without reading too many reviews. The review above pretty much ruined every surprise there is.

Beth Accomando
April 07, 2008 at 05:35 AM
Well I did go see The Ruins immediately after seeing Nim's Island so I'm sure that didn't help. But I was looking forward to it. Sorry if I ruined the surprises. Most of what I discussed I thought was pretty clear in the trailer. I have heard from at least two people that the book was genuinely creepy. Glad you enjoyed it Jason. I wish I had.

Audrey III
April 08, 2008 at 12:05 PM
Where´s the review? Only bad jokes here.

Beth Accomando
April 08, 2008 at 04:10 PM
Audrey III, If you would stop splattering blood all over the computer screen from gobbling down all that human flesh, you would see that I did review the film (isn't assessing strengths and weaknesses providing a review?) but I found it severely lacking. You may not agree with me but I did offer a review, which is in the end my opinion of the film. As a horror fan I felt cheated and disappointed by The Ruins. By the way Audrey III, did you grow from a seed, a bulb or a cutting? And Mike -- now you have me curious about BugCrush. Thanks for the comments.

Beth Accomando
April 08, 2008 at 07:12 PM
I just found out that BugCrush will be playing as part of FilmOut (it screens Monday April 14 during Thriller/Camp Night). I just watched the film and was far more impressed by Carter Smith's work there than in The Ruins. If I were to make a guess, I would say that as a first time feature director he didn't have a whole lot of control on The Ruins but maybe if he did, the film would have had more of the subtle atmosphere he displayed in BugCrush. Here's a trailer for the film: Check it out on the big screen at FilmOut. Thanks Mike for pointing this film out. I love it when people introduce me to something new.

aaron soto from Tijuana
April 09, 2008 at 05:12 PM
"BugCrush" is a clasic, love it, really creepy and atmospheric! I need to see The Ruins (and read the book), well done review. Beth rules!

Beth Accomando
April 09, 2008 at 06:26 PM
Aaron, Just be prepared that BugCrush is creepier and more atmospheric that The Ruins. But after seeing BugCrush, I understand why someone would think Smith would be a good choice to bring The Ruins to the screen. I suspect, though, that they just didn't give him enough control. And to anyone reading this, I urge you to check out Aaron's site. He's a talented horror filmmaker in his own right, and I love his work, which has screened locally and at festivals. His site has news about his "secret" project. Thanks Aaron, and keep your films coming.

April 10, 2008 at 07:34 AM
Didn't even realize it's from the director of BugCrush which is an excellent short. I think I'll skip this then. This is really too bad. Almost as bad as Doomsday coming after Descent.

Beth Accomando
April 10, 2008 at 07:58 AM
This is far worse. At least Doomsday had a sense of fun to it and some knowing references to what it was ripping off. Nice to hear from you again, Max.

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