Movie Review Monday: Movies Based on Books that I haven’t Read

I love watching movies based on books, but there are quite a few movies that I’ve seen where I haven’t read the books. Here are a few.

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Something is out there . . . 

Something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.

Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remain, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now, that the boy and girl are four, it is time to go. But the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat—blindfolded—with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them. But is it man, animal, or monster?

Engulfed in darkness, surrounded by sounds both familiar and frightening, Malorie embarks on a harrowing odyssey—a trip that takes her into an unseen world and back into the past, to the companions who once saved her. Under the guidance of the stalwart Tom, a motely group of strangers banded together against the unseen terror, creating order from the chaos. But when supplies ran low, they were forced to venture outside—and confront the ultimate question: in a world gone mad, who can really be trusted?

Interweaving past and present, Josh Malerman’s breathtaking debut is a horrific and gripping snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page.

(Book description from Amazon)

This movie was epic! I watched it while pregnant and I will admit that was a bit of a mistake because it made me anxious and nauseous. I do actually own this book and read the first couple chapters. The book and movie have obvious differences, but it seems like each separate entity will be good on their own.

The Ritual by Adam Nevill

When four old University friends set off into the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle, they aim to briefly escape the problems of their lives and reconnect with one another. But when Luke, the only man still single and living a precarious existence, finds he has little left in common with his well-heeled friends, tensions rise. With limited experience between them, a shortcut meant to ease their hike turns into a nightmare scenario that could cost them their lives. Lost, hungry, and surrounded by forest untouched for millennia, Luke figures things couldn’t possibly get any worse. But then they stumble across an old habitation. Ancient artefacts decorate the walls and there are bones scattered upon the dry floors. The residue of old rites and pagan sacrifice for something that still exists in the forest. Something responsible for the bestial presence that follows their every step. As the four friends stagger in the direction of salvation, they learn that death doesn’t come easy among these ancient trees . . .

(Book description from Amazon)

I stumbled upon The Ritual thanks to Netflix. This movie is terrifying and has a very unexpected twist at the end. The book is currently on my Amazon wishlist, and I added Nevill’s book The Reddening to my kindle thanks to kindle unlimited. If the novel of The Ritual is anything like the movie it will be a great read.

Pet Sematary by Stephen King

When Dr. Louis Creed takes a new job and moves his family to the idyllic rural town of Ludlow, Maine, this new beginning seems too good to be true. Despite Ludlow’s tranquility, an undercurrent of danger exists here. Those trucks on the road outside the Creed’s beautiful old home travel by just a little too quickly, for one thing…as is evidenced by the makeshift graveyard in the nearby woods where generations of children have buried their beloved pets. Then there are the warnings to Louis both real and from the depths of his nightmares that he should not venture beyond the borders of this little graveyard where another burial ground lures with seductive promises and ungodly temptations. A blood-chilling truth is hidden there—one more terrifying than death itself, and hideously more powerful. As Louis is about to discover for himself sometimes , dead is better

(Book description from Amazon)

I have seen both movie versions of Pet Sematary but I have never read the book. I actually prefer the second version of the movie even though the cat playing Church in the first movie is far superior. It’s interesting because I consider Church one of my favorite literary pets, but I’ve never read the book he stars in.

The Meg by Steve Alten

Seven years ago, and seven miles below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, Dr. Jonas Taylor encountered something that changed the course of his life. Once a Navy deep-sea submersible pilot, now a marine paleontologist, Taylor is convinced that a remnant population of Carcharodon megalodon–prehistoric sharks growing up to 70 feet long, that subsisted on whales–lurks at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. When offered the opportunity to return to those crushing depths in search of the Megs, Taylor leaps at the chance… but the quest for scientific knowledge (and personal vindication) becomes a desperate fight for survival, when the most vicious predator that the earth has ever known is freed to once-again hunt the surface.

(Book description from Amazon)

Honestly, I thought this movie was going to be so stupid and I had no idea it was based on a book, but I’m a sucker for Jason Stathem. So obviously I had to watch it. It was surprisingly fun to watch. I don’t know if I’ll ever pick up the book but it was interesting to learn that there is a book.

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind’s most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them—for a price.

Until something goes wrong. . . .

In Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton taps all his mesmerizing talent and scientific brilliance to create his most electrifying technothriller.

(Book description from Amazon)

You’re probably thinking, how have you not read Jurassic Park? To be frank, I have no idea. You’d think loving books, loving the movies, and working at a bookstore would have motivated me to pick it up, but I haven’t. It’s on my TBR though.

Are there any books that you’ve seen the movie adaptation of, but haven’t read the books? Let me know in the comments.

5 thoughts on “Movie Review Monday: Movies Based on Books that I haven’t Read

  1. I had no idea The Meg was originally a book. I’ve also never read a book that’s like that. I feel like that’s like reading Jaws or something like that. Might be interesting to try out.

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