The Ruins, Scott Smith's super-scary thriller, set in the Mayan jungle not far from Cancun, could be seen as a cautionary tale from which you will learn that a lazy, hazy, alcohol-infused beach vacation a post-graduation treat before real life begins should never be abandoned for a little adventure in the wild. More terrifying than any horror flick I've seen (and that includes the mummy movies of my childhood), this encounter with insidious, creeping evil mesmerizes as you watch this small group trying valiantly to outsmart a mysterious force. Patrick Wilson's compelling narration will keep you on edge until the last grisly moment.

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