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And on the third 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 recognition.
When four old University friends set off into the Scandinavian wilderness...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 ...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...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
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 ...more
Nevill is brilliant at building up ...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 trip is ...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 ...more
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 ...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 new ...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 ...more
This is my second Adam Nevill book, the first being Apartment 16 which was good, but The Ritual is by far streets ahead.
The story begins with four University friends reuniting in London and taking a hiking holiday to the remote artic forests of Northern Sweden, The friends Hutch, Luke, Dom and Phil all seem to have their own ...more
To start with, Part 1 of this novel was spectacular in regards to the atmospheric tension build-up, and the the way that we are able to get to know the characters through their trials in the forest, and with each other. I found this section to be a real page-turner, and was engaged with each development that the four friends, reconnecting on holiday with each other, ran into. Still, there were scenes that struck me as somewhat repetitive, and I felt that 50-100 pages could probably have ...more
Hmmm. A tale of two parts. The first part was written well (a wee wordy, maybe) but pretty darn good. A tense and suspenseful journey in the forest with 4 old chums on holiday who are being stalked by an unknown entity and getting picked off one by one. Then, just when I was wondering how this could possibly continue for the remaining half of the book, the story takes a hard left turn and the next thing I know we run across some Black ...more
Not surprisingly things quickly go awry, and their holiday turns into a fight for survival.
I thought the first half of this book was actually pretty good. The gruesome scenes were suitably gory and I was starting to feel totally creeped out by the descriptions of the surroundings. Then the ...more
'The Ritual' reminded me of my experience of watching Stanley Kubrick's movie 'Full Metal Jacket' for the first time. I remember enjoying the movie immensely, until [movie spoiler alert] Pyle kills his tormentor and blows his own brains out in the toilet. After that the movie becomes something different entirely. Not bad, but a bit disappointing.
Although entirely different in genre and medium from each other, 'The Ritual' follows the same trajectory as Full Jacket Jacket did, as far as the ...more
I was totally engrossed in this book from the first sentences. A graphic, gory, terribly suspenseful, tense, horrifying, mystery-adventure-horror-untangling of emotional revelations, this novel riveted me completely. I so wanted to stay up all night to finish it! The compulsion to know “who’s next” and “what’s going on,” “why oh why is this happening,” and “is there inexplicably a human cause-or is this truly all Supernatural?” kept me turning pages nearly at the speed of light.
The Ritual is about four friends going off into the unknown. A backpacking trip in Sweden. Hitch is our map guy and decides to take his mates on a shortcut. A little cliche, but that's okay. We read in the prologue exactly what the four witness in their first day of hiking through the ancient ...more
He's mentioned several authors that he's keen on, and the fact that Stephen King is an obvious favorite makes me take his recommendations to heart.
One of these recommended authors is Adam Nevill (apparently the UK's answer to Mr. King), ...more