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The Ruins (2008)
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The Ruins (2008) 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, they realize that they had been lured by the plants that are vibrating with the sound of a cell phone. When they are attacked by the carnivorous creeping plants, they understand the reaction of the Mayan villagers.

Movie Tagline:
Terror has evolved.

Title: Ruins, The
Release Date: April 02, 2008
Runtime: 90 mins
Genre: Horror
All Genres: Horror, Thriller
Languages: English, Maya, Spanish, Greek, German
Country: USA, Germany, Australia
Colors: Color
Sound: Dolby Digital, SDDS, DTS
IMDB Rating: 6.0
Buried.com Rating: 7 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With R

MPAA Rating: R

MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated R for strong violence and gruesome images, language, some sexuality and nudity.

Carter Smith

Jonathan Tucker ...Jeff
Jena Malone ...Amy
Laura Ramsey ...Stacy
Shawn Ashmore ...Eric
Joe Anderson ...Mathias
Sergio Calderon ...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
Tanisha Marquez Munduate ...Mayan Girl
Chris Argirousis ...Greek
Michelle Atkinson ...Archeologist
Bar Paly ...Archeologist
Jordan Patrick Smith ...Heinrich
Jovina Riveros Padilla ...Mayan Woman
Lucia Caballero ...Mayan Woman
Rufino Hernandez ...Mayan Guard
Carlos Enrique Delgado ...Mayan Guard
Mario Freire Rivera ...Mayan Guard
Elmer Alaya ...Mayan Guard
Jesus Tugumbango ...Mayan Guard
Karen Strassman ...Additional Vine Vocal (voice)
Andy Meritakis ...Mayan Boy #2
Robert Munns ...Groundskeeper

Gary Barber
Chris Bender
Roger Birnbaum
Stuart Cornfeld
Trish Hofmann
Jeremy Kramer
Ben Stiller

Scott B. Smith
Scott B. Smith

Graeme Revell

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Movie Soundtrack(s):
"Solto O Frango"
"Mexico Mi Amor"

More Movie Taglines:
  • Terror has evolved.
Movie Quote(s):
  • [from trailer] Jeff: So what do you guys think: Ancient Mayan temple off the beaten path?
  • Amy: We're being quarantined here. We're being kept here to die.
  • [from trailer] Stacy: Why are they doing this? Jeff: It has something to do with the ruins.
  • Jeff: Four Americans on vacation don't just disappear!
  • [first lines] Archeologist #2: Help me!
Movie Trivia:
  • Ben Stiller was involved with this film because he is a friend of novelist / screenwriter Scott B. Smith.
  • SPOILER: Even though the novel and the screenplay were written by the same person, the deaths of the characters are switched around. In the film, Stacy cuts her knee and the plants start growing inside her. She ends up killing Eric and begs for the others to kill her. In the book, it's Eric who cuts his knee, and he kills Mathias. In the film, Mathias breaks his back and later gets his legs cut off. In the novel, this happens to Pablo (who is called Dimitri in the film). In the film, Jeff is killed by the Mayans trying to save Amy so she can escape. In the novel, Jeff is killed by the Mayans trying to escape after Amy has been killed by the plants during the night. In the novel, Stacy is the last survivor. She commits suicide in front of the ruins to warn off others who might find the ruins. But the plants make her body disappear. In the novel, Amy is the first character to die. In the film, she is the only one who survives and, unlike any of the characters in the novel, she actually manages to escape.
  • SPOILER: Despite the idea of the plants being "killer vines," only one character (Mathias) is actually killed by them. All the others are either killed by the Mayans or one another.
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