• Kate Drexel

Review: Netflix's The Ritual

I started writing my mini review of the movie on my newsletter but I realized it was going to be so damn long. And it might seem weird that an author who reads a lot would write a review on a movie—BUT watching films helps me churn the "what if" ideas for future books.

Okay, I'm not gonna lie: I'm a huge, huge, HUGE scaredy-cat when it comes to horror films. And this one would've flown under my raider if I didn't see Rosamund Hodge's tweet about the movie. I forget what the context of the tweet was, but it had an image of the monster from the movie and for whatever reason, it intrigued me.

Fast forward to about a month later, I found it on Netflix, not realizing it was a Netflix original film. I started watching it and could not make it to the end. I was shaking, heart thundering, the whole nine yards.

After talking to my editor about my book and the comp titles I should use, he persuaded me to use The Ritual as a film comp for my query. I decided to make a plan to sit down and watch the movie, even if I had to use toothpicks to keep my eyes open and not look away.

On Halloween morning, I got up early and watched it. It definitely woke me up and it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Scary? HELL YES. But not enough to keep me up at night.

Overview and Thoughts

Here's the "back of the book" blurb of the film:

Reuniting after the tragic death of their friend, four college pals set out to hike through the Scandinavian wilderness. A wrong turn leads them into the mysterious forests of Norse legend, where an ancient evil exists and stalks them at every turn

Creepy, right? And it really was. But I loved every minute of it. The character development, the storyline, the twists and turns. HOW THE MONSTER BLENDED IN WITH THE DAMN FOREST. That was heckin' beautiful.

The film was originally a book written by Adam Nevill. It received high praise, but not as high as the film did. According to Where's the Jump?, the film has a total of 15 so if you're like me and are too scared to watch horror movies, then this isn't the movie for you. As I say in my newsletter, I only watched it because of reasons.

Rating: 5/5

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