Rituals… Finally (Most Likely)

I posted this story back in November of 2009. The news was that Rituals was set to hit DVD players from Code Red in November/December of that year. Rue Morgue mag even gave the anticipated release a cover and accompanying piece. Rituals, though, didn’t happen. Now it looks as though this backwoods Canadian proto-slasher is going to be released as early as next week! It’s available for pre-order at various sites online (though not always the most obvious ones), and people are reportedly picking it up in some retail outlets. Code Red has just listed it in its Coming Soon section with an April 19 release date, though people have received notifications that their pre-orders have already shipped. I know I’ve pre-ordered my copy! Regardless, it looks good for this cult favourite that will hopefully reach a wider audience via Code Red. Be on the lookout!

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A Writer/Project Manager at Graphcom Group (an advertising agency) by day, and a freelancer at night, I’ve written, mainly about movies, for Retro Slashers.net, The Buzz, Rue Morgue, and Cathay Pacific’s in-flight entertainment magazine Studio CX. I’m a grad of Humber College’s (Toronto) Film & TV Production program, and I’ve directed and co-written short films, one of which (Florid) won the Viewer’s Choice Award at the 2004 Reel Island Film Festival. I’ve been heard as a movie reviewer and pop culture commentator on CBC Radio, and I’ve edited and contributed scripts and ideas to television productions including My Messy Bedroom and Thrill on the Hill (CBC-TV’s Canada Day Celebration). My movie review cartoon strip And Yet I Blame Hollywood was adapted and animated as 26 two-minute television interstitials for CBC-TV’s late night program ZeD, and I wrote every single stinkin’ last episode.

14 Responses to “ Rituals… Finally (Most Likely) ”

  1. Isn’t a little late for April fools jokes guys?

    In all seriousness though, any release date from code red could be a joke in the works, but i hope this release come out on it’s date.

  2. This good news. It’s easy to forget companies like Code Red are putting these films out as labours of love. And the fact that they spend time remastering them and tracking down interviewees f is great for fans.

  3. Import cds and Axel Music have already started shipping RITUALS out. And the release date has been listed on the Code Red website for a solid week now.

  4. Thanks Lorrie Lives — I’ve changed the piece to reflect the April 19th release date.

  5. Cool!

  6. Abought time this got released. I’ve had my bootleg DVD copy for years now. It’s so dark can hardly see anything. I’ll be picking this one up.

  7. Now if only we could get an official Mutilator DVD!

  8. yep it definitly is coming out but could be one of the titles that may not be in print for very long so better get it now

  9. yeah Diabolik shipped mine out today, i should have it by the end of the week

  10. Ordering tommorow baby!
    It is actually happening!
    Bye-bye dark as fuck VHS!
    That thing only has two or three more good plays on it anyways, hahaha!

  11. http://www.familyvideo.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=360583

    Hurry. I just got mine and they are going fast!!!

  12. Hey guys….
    I found this at Fry’s yesterday. If you have a Fry’s around you, go now. You can check their website and find a store. That is how I found it.

  13. I ordered mine from DVD Empire. It shipped this morning. Should have it by Friday.

  14. RITUALS is out…just bought a copy yesterday at Fry’s in Fremont, CA…haven’t watched yet though but still excited!

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