Book of Blood Reviews
See, unless you are familiar with Mr. Barker and his works, and the way he thinks Book of Blood might not quite work for you. It's part haunted house story, part body horror, part tale of religion/belief and all Clive Barker.
Fans of the maestro should truly get a kick out of this one.
The 'Book of Blood', written by Clive Barker of the Hellraiser Movie Franchise is another film that bares witness to self mutilation and pleasure but in this case it is not of the individuals free will. I must state that Clive Barker, even though having written the book did not in this case direct or produce the movie.
Would one consider this film predictable, I thought not. Contained in the film were some original ideas and thought provoking at that. Without giving too much away, the film is centred around a paranormal investigator, a technician and a supposed psychic. The premise is that a house they set off to investigate was home to a brutal murder. What they soon discover is that it's not merely a simple haunting but an intersection, a highway for the dead.
The main theme of the movie is based around the paranormal, primarily death and body mutilation.
I must admit that some elements concerning the visual aspect were generic with nothing special to write home about. With that said, I found it worthwhile when it came towards the end of the film which I found visually creepy.
If you are into the paranormal in a darker way then I would recommend this film. It's creepy in some parts and thought provoking in others. A word of warning though, it is not in the same league as Hellraiser and can be slow moving at times but for what it's worth, stick it out till the end till you pass judgement. I myself found it below par.
This indie British horror film is based on two of Clive Barker's early short stories and the author co-produced the movie. The story starts off promising enough with a creepy back-story and the usual weirdness that any fan of Clive's work has come to expect and with the look and feel of the movie I half expected a Cenobite to appear in the background. But as things progress the story becomes more and more lacklustre and the earlier creepiness is replaced with a very boring haunted house tale that never really goes anywhere and the ending is a complete anti-climax. The acting by the small cast is solid enough and the cameo by fan favourite Doug Bradley is a nice touch. The production values are incredibly high, and the special effects are incredibly well handled. Apart from one short sequence (that is really quite squishy) the gore is quite underplayed, but the look of the ghosts is very nicely done. All in all this started off as a very promising film that should have kept it's earlier sense of uneasiness all the way through.