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They should have gone to Ibiza...
on 4 October 2017
Now I am well and truly hooked on Adam Nevill’s work I am playing catch up. The breadth and scope of this author’s imagination means I am constantly surprised at the twists and turns his stories take. The Ritual is Nevill at his most visually terrifying. Small wonder this was snapped up by a film maker (the movie is released in the UK on Friday 13th October and on Netflix in the US some time after that).
The premise is recognizable enough. Four old college friends decide to keep their vacation costs down (largely as a result of the financial woes of one of them) by taking a hiking holiday in the wilds of northern Sweden. Far from civilization and with at least two of them not in the best of physical condition, they soon realise that not only are they not up for such a lengthy and strenuous amount of hiking, they are also not dressed for it. So when they discover a possible short cut, it makes sense to take it, right?
Wrong. The shortcut takes them through thick forest and they soon become lost and disorientated. Things go from bad to worse and the injuries begin to pile up. They take wrong turns and that’s when the nightmares really begin. Deep in this forest, the ways of the Old Ones are still followed and before long, Luke and his friends are in the worst trouble of their lives. The cheap holiday becomes a vacation in hell itself.
They really should have gone to Ibiza.
The Ritual is frightening, atmospheric, chilling and satisfying. All in one great package.