The Ruins

April 4th, 2008


The Ruins

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Still of Jonathan Tucker and Jena Malone in The RuinsStill of Jonathan Tucker, Jena Malone and Laura Ramsey in The RuinsStill of Jonathan Tucker in The RuinsStill of Jonathan Tucker and Jena Malone in The RuinsStill of Shawn Ashmore and Laura Ramsey in The RuinsThe Ruins

A group of friends whose leisurely Mexican holiday takes a turn for the worse when they, along with a fellow tourist embark on a remote archaeological dig in the jungle, where something evil lives among the ruins.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 5.9/10 (33,481 voted)

Critic's Score: 44/100

Director: Carter Smith

Stars: Shawn Ashmore, Jena Malone, Jonathan Tucker

While on vacation in a resort in Mexico, the Americans Jeff, his girlfriend Amy, her best friend Stacy and her boyfriend Eric befriend the German Mathias in the swimming pool. Mathias invites the group to visit the ruins of a Mayan temple with his Greek friend Dimitri in an archeological field where his brother Henrich and his girlfriend are camped eighteen kilometers far from the resort. They hire an old taxi and when they reach the spot, they are surrounded by Mayan villagers armed of revolver, rifle and bow-and-arrow that kill Dimitri and do not allow the group to leave the place. They climb a construction covered of creepers with red flowers, and remain under siege of the locals. When they hear a cell phone in the bottom of a well, Mathias decides to seek the apparatus using a rope that breaks and he has a serious accident breaking his back. Amy and Stacy go to the bottom of the mine to rescue Mathias and they find many corpses covered by the climbing plants; further...

Writers: Scott B. Smith, Scott B. Smith

Jonathan Tucker - Jeff
Jena Malone - Amy
Laura Ramsey - Stacy
Shawn Ashmore - Eric
Joe Anderson - Mathias
Sergio Calderón - Lead Mayan
Jesse Ramirez - Mayan Bowman
Balder Moreno - Mayan Horseman
Dimitri Baveas - Dimitri
Patricio Almeida Rodriguez - Taxi Driver
Mario Jurado - Mayan Archer
Luis Antonio Ramos - Mayan Rifleman (as Luis Ramos)
Walter Quispe - Mayan Rifleman
Pauline Whyman - Wailing Woman
Nathan Vega - Mayan Boy

Taglines: Terror has evolved.


Official Website: Dreamworks [United States] | Official site [Australia] |

Release Date: 4 April 2008

Filming Locations: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Box Office Details

Budget: $8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $8,003,241 (USA) (6 April 2008) (2812 Screens)

Gross: $17,427,926 (USA) (15 June 2008)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | (unrated version)

Did You Know?

The Greek characters, while present in the novel, were not originally included in the screenplay. Director Carter Smith convinced screenwriter Scott B. Smith to add them back into the story.

Continuity: Amy loses her glasses while trying to escape from the vines. When she and Stacy are pulled out of the ruins, she has no glasses. Two scenes later, she is wearing glasses again. They disappear for the rest of the film.

[first lines]
Archeologist #2: Help me!

User Review

Damn Good.

Rating: 9/10

I wasn't too psyched for this movie beforehand, but I got a free pass and figured why the hell not and wound up seeing one of the better horror films I've seen in a good while. Thes best thing I can say about "The Ruins" is that it plays its hand honestly, there's no tweeny BS, no winking at the camera, it's just a classic situational horror film that just keeps getting from bad to worse in the best possible way. Like I said, I got in for free and I kinda feel like I owe 'The Ruins" 10 bucks. But as a small caveat, I saw this film with a bunch of pretentious jackasses sitting behind me and surprise surprise, they didn't like it. So if you fall into that category than do yourselves and anyone who can enjoy a straight shot horror film a favor and stay away.


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