Lost, hungry and surrounded by forest untouched for ...more
I think the movie actually improves upon it in the sense that it dumps the Blood Frenzy plotline and changes the character of the village Luke stumbles upon. Instead of the overarching theme of the search for meaning and purpose in a world where human life is small and devalued, it turns into a reflection on death and loss as an inevitable and natural of human experience and how we come to terms with that. I think this was a wise shift for the movie, and the second part (which I won't spoil) more naturally progresses that theme in terms of the relationship of the villagers to the creature. Pretty decent horror movie all around, and honestly, the creature design alone is worth a watch.(less)
Here it is in brief: The Ritual is a derivative, shallow, insidiously sexist novel from an author whose ideas far exceed his technical skill.
In the foreword, Nevill credits a number of other authors for inspiring him, among them Cormac McCarthy. Within the first chapter of The Ritual, it wa ...more
I first saw this movie on Netflix & then I found out on GR that is was a book. I went right to Amazon to buy it! I loved it! I love both the book and the movie although I'm glad they left out the first part of the movie in the book. I didn't care for it.
And on the second day things did not get better. The rain fell hard and cold, the white sun never broke through the low grey cloud, and they were lost. But it was the dead thing they found hanging from a tree that changed the trip beyond reco...more
Wow. This one came soooo very close to getting five stars from me. I am a horror buff and I LOVE to be scared ...really, truly freaked out. Not grossed out (I'll take a bit of that in good fun) but creeped out. My ideal physiological response to horror is when I get the heebie-jeebies (pardon my use of technical terms here) -- you know, the tingling spine, sweaty palms, paranoia, pounding pulse. I'm addicted to dread, and if you can make me want to sleep with the light on I will love you forever ...more
The men decide to travel from their homes in the UK, to the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle for a backpacking adventure; a reunion of sorts.
Unfortunately, the camaraderie of the group isn't as strong as you would hope. In fact, it's slightly hostile. Dom and Phil are condescending to ...more
Nevill is brilliant at building up ten ...more
Hmm. I enjoyed this novel, for the most part; until it went in a direction I wasn't expecting. The 'South of Heaven' chapters, didn't really work for me, much - though it did redeem itself, slightly, with the attic scene, and the seemingly, harmless, little old woman (who I would've despatched first).
Four friends: Luke, Hutch, Dom and Phil, reunite, to go on a hiking-trip through the Scandinavian wilderness, and get more than they bargained for, after taking a shortcut, into unknown ter ...more
Dizzy with exhaustion, weary like the dying, you hang between the bindings of vine and the scaffolding of sticks. And wait...Wait for it.
I read this novel over a year back, and I recently watched the movie adaptation of the story which brought me back to the sinister uncharted woods of Scandinavian forests, where the unspeakable thing lurks in the shadows, cunningly stalking its prey.
The novel tells the story of four long-time friends getting together for a hike in the woods, but the ...more
First, I had seen it around on various horror book lists, so I bookmarked it long ago (it was published in 2011!)
Then, Book Outlet was having a sale on horror and I bought like a dozen titles for my Christmas present last year. So this has been on my shelf almost a year.
This summer, my son and husband watched the Netflix movie adaptation and I don't really "do" horror movies but my husband assured me I would like it. And I did! It was v ...more
2nd reading: just as great this time around as the first. The first part is just scary AF. The second part is so full of tension and anticipation. I liked it more in this reading than the first.
Just in time for October. Wanna dive into some very nicely creepy atmospherics and get reacquainted with your old buddies on a camping trip, just getting away from the old world, finding out what the big deal about Scandinavia is?
Of course, these four men are a bunch of ponces. They eventually grow on me after some of the real festering shit comes out, but before then, there's very little positive I can say about it other than the fact that the atmospherics are pret ...more
I don't know what possessed me to bypass my next intended read for THE RITUAL....probably the wonderfully creepy cover? All I know is that once it showed on my GR feed, I was being drawn to it, and once I started, I couldn't stop the need to find out what IT was and how it would all end.
This story is about four university mates who get together for a hiking reunion in the wilderness of Sweden. If you're a horror reader, you know that often times character...more
Four university friends reunite a decade later for a hiking trip in the Scandinavian wilderness. Relations, moods, and the weather quickly turn sour and what promised to be an adventurous retreat from their daily lives soon turns into a miserable and soggy trek. Blisters and wet socks soon become the least of their problems however and an isolated house found in the middle of virgin terrain is only the start of the nightmare they find themselves inside of...
I initially ...more
This one is a truly maddening, horror filled reading experience. The situation these four friends have to face is unimaginable and it pushes Luke, our main character to the very brink of sanity and beyond. I highly recommend this one for anyone who appreciates a good scary page turner! ...more
Four friends (Hutch, Phil, Dom, and Luke) all decide to go on a hiking/camping trip in the mountain hills of Scandinavia for a reunion get together as they haven't seen each other since college days.
Though once they end up in the Scandinavian wilds the friends come across something weird in the forest that is hanging up in the trees which cannot be explained which really unnerves them but they keep hiking as they try to figure out what they have seen. From that po ...more
I'm almost ashamed to say that The Ritual is my first read from British supernatural horror author Adam Nevill and I was for the most part quite impressed with the characterization, tension and pace of the story.
Four old University buddies decide to relive ...more
As soon as I found out that The Ritual was based off a book, I just had to buy it.
As a horror movie buff, I was chuffed. I loved the Netflix movie adaption and boy, this book did not disappoint.
”Someone is crying. Upstairs. He looks to the indistinct ceiling and swallows the fear that is tightening his throat.”
This book is fast paced, with short chapters and is completely captivating from the very first page.
I couldn’t put the bloody thing down.
The style of writing was something n ...more
Full disclosure, I'd already seen the Netflix adaptation before reading this one which I thought was pretty good so hopes were high when I went into this book.
This book is split into two parts and part one was brilliant. Even knowing what was going to happen I was jumpy, the atmosphere was intense and I fully admit that I couldn't read this before sleeping.
Part two was a drag. It felt like a totally different book and author ...more
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Wow, this book had the creep factor really flowing especially during the first half of the book. Plus I wondered if the guys were going to kill each other, what a bunch of griping babies! Then they turned into scared and angry babies!
The last half was not what I expected after the first half but not too bad. It still had plenty of suspense and horror to it. It was just going a different direction with the horror. (I liked the first half kind of horror best.) It was a lo ...more
“There comes a stage at which a man would rather die cleanly by a bullet than by the unknown terror of the phantom in the forest.”
― Tahir Shah
The story is about four friends who go on a trip post 15 yrs of their college life- it's like a reunion. They decide to go on a hiking trip in Scandinavia, take a wrong shortcut and enter their nightmare. They are now being hunted by a unknown predator one by one.
The book ...more
The first half of this book was excellent. The second half barely resembled the first. I was under the impression that I was reading the best horror novel of the year until it suddenly became something erratically different, resulting in the most disappointing horror novel of the year. I've never experienced anything l ...more
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