In the recent creature horror The Ritual, a group of hikers in Sweden run afoul of a “Jötunn”, a somewhat ambiguous term for forest giants (also referred to as “Risis”, “Thurs”, and “Trolls”). Despite being thoroughly grounded in Norse lore, director David Bruckner incorporated British mythology and completely original elements. The result is the coolest genre demon since Pumkinhead!
For a more detailed exploration of the creature in The Ritual, check out the video below from Let Me Explain on YouTube. It includes cast interviews, as well as expositions regarding the symbolic nature of the Jötunn. Give it a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section!
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If you haven’t seen The Ritual (now streaming on Netflix), skip to the trailer and synopsis at the bottom of the article; then bookmark this page and come back later.
Warning: Below There Be Spoilers!
Official Synopsis: Reuniting after the tragic death of their friend, four college pals set out to hike through the Scandinavian wilderness. A wrong turn leads them into the mysterious forests of Norse legend, where an ancient evil exists and stalks them at every turn.
The Ritual stars Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali, and Robert James-Collier.
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