THE BRIDGE CURSE: RITUAL on Netflix is a Taiwan Horror movie also known as The Bridge Curse 2. It’s a classic horror mystery, but the runtime is longer than with the first one. And it really shouldn’t be. Read our full The Bridge Curse: Ritual movie review here!

THE BRIDGE CURSE: RITUAL is a new Netflix horror movie addition. This one is from Taiwan and it’s the sequel of the 2020 horror movie The Bridge Curse. That’s why this movie has also been known as simply The Bridge Curse 2.


Our review of the first movie titled simple The Bridge Curse here >

With Taiwanese horror movies, a big issue tends to be the use of CGI. It may be an easy way to create wild scenes, but for me, it also makes it less scary. In many ways, this movie continues in the vein of the first movie, but with a modern AR video game twist. This element does make the use of CGI much more relevant and acceptable to me.

Continue reading our The Bridge Curse: Ritual movie review below. Find the horror movie on Netflix from February 16, 2024.

From real life to AR

This horror franchise is built around an urban legend. One that focuses on one of the most haunted universities in Taiwan. Legend has it that the architect disrupted the school’s harmonizing Feng Shui during construction. This turned it into a beacon for supernatural entities and the bridge is now a virtual conduit.

While The Bridge Curse from 2020 focused on the urban legend about a bridge haunted by a vengeful female ghost, this sequel goes digital.

In the first movie, part of the plot revolved around students playing a game around the urban legend. A sort of initiation test to show you were brave enough to face the ghost.

The Bridge Curse: Ritual (2023) – Review | Netflix Horror | Taiwan

In the sequel, which is almost 15 minutes longer, the urban legend becomes part of a video game. When attempting to test a new AR game featuring a story where they use dark summoning rituals of the dead, they unleash evil spirits on the world.

It wasn’t their intention, but it still happened. Now the question is simply: How do we get them back to the darkness and away from our world of the living?

Watch The Bridge Curse: Ritual on Netflix now!

The director of The Bridge Curse 2 is Lester Hsi, which is a good thing as he also directed the first movie. The screenplay comes from Shih-yuan Lu while credit still also goes to the writers of the first movie, Keng-Ming Chang (The Rope Curse 3) and Po-Hsiang Hao as the creators.

As mentioned, this sequel is longer than the first movie. This one has a runtime of 1 hour and 41 minutes, whereas the first movie stood at 1 hour and 28 minutes. For me, the hour-and-a-half runtime is usually better for a horror mystery. South Korean movies are an exception as they’re just built differently and with more character focus.

The Bridge Curse: Ritual doesn’t have a character-driven plot in a way that would explain the longer runtime. However, it also isn’t so bad and slow that it ruins the experience. If you liked the first movie, you could check out this one. Or simply rewatch the first one.

This sequel is in the “take it or leave it”-pile for me. It’s okay, but no more. If you do watch it, make sure you stick around for the end-credit scene. It’s early during the end credits and since Netflix doesn’t try to move you on to something new, you’ll quickly realize that something is up.

The Bridge Curse: Ritual is on Netflix from February 16, 2024.


Director: Lester Hsi
Writers: Keng-Ming Chang, Po-Hsiang Hao, Shih-yuan Lu
Stars: Ning Chang, J.C. Lin, Summer Meng, Yu-Xuan Wang, Vera Yen


A group of students test out an augmented reality horror game at a university rumored to be haunted, releasing something sinister — and very real.

I write reviews and recaps on Heaven of Horror. And yes, it does happen that I find myself screaming, when watching a good horror movie. I love psychological horror, survival horror and kick-ass women. Also, I have a huge soft spot for a good horror-comedy. Oh yeah, and I absolutely HATE when animals are harmed in movies, so I will immediately think less of any movie, where animals are harmed for entertainment (even if the animals are just really good actors). Fortunately, horror doesn't use this nearly as much as comedy. And people assume horror lovers are the messed up ones. Go figure!
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