Book of Blood

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80%

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Total Count: 5

30%

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A paranormal expert investigating a brutal murder discovers a house that stands at the intersection of several supernatural "highways" designed to transport souls to the afterlife in this adaptation of an original story by horror icon Clive Barker.

Cast

Sophie Ward
as Mary Florescu
Jonas Armstrong
as Simon McNeal
Doug Bradley
as Tollington
Paul Blair
as Reg Fuller
Gowan Calder
as Janie's Mother
Graham Colquhoun
as Simon's Father
Marcus Macleod
as Janie's Father
James McAnerney
as Dr. Nigel Blake
Joy McBrinn
as Waitress
Jack North
as Simon (age 11)
Andrew Scott-Ramsay
as Male Student
Isla Stewart
as Simon's Mother
Greig Taylor
as Stevie McNeal
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Critic Reviews for Book of Blood

All Critics (5)

  • A one-timer all the way, and even then I'd only recommend it to the most ravenous and thorough of horror aficionados.

    Sep 21, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Book of Blood may very well turn out to be remembered as one of the few faithful Barker adaptations not executed by the author himself.

    Jul 15, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • ... a horror movie for adults.

    Jun 18, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • This is the story that is supposed to get you excited to see films like DREAD, THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN, CANDYMAN and numerous of other forthcoming Clive Barker adaptations, instead it makes you want to cut yourself as a reminder to never sit through it ag

    May 24, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • the cinematic equivalent of a page-turner, worthy of more than a mere skim for those who like their horror on the dark side of macabre.

    Nov 12, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Book of Blood

  • Oct 19, 2012
    Decent haunted house, supernatural horror yarn that could have been much better than what it turned to be. The weakness of the film lies in its extremely slow pacing where there's not really anything interesting that happens. This film had the potential in delivering memorable chills; instead this is a mostly dull affair that really doesn't thrill. Book of Blood is a decent idea, and it could have been a stellar haunted house, supernatural horror picture, however it doesn't terrify the way it should. The biggest problem with the film is that it offers too little too late, and you're left mostly bored throughout the film. I liked the film, however I simply felt that there could have been more plot development to really make this one stand out. The ideas are here, but director John Harrison seems like he doesn't know to craft a truly compelling and interesting horror movie. This film is decent at best with many flaws, and overall it feels like the director tried to rush things in order to create a film based on horror master Clive Barker's Books of Blood. Expect minor chills and a low budget feel to this one, compared to The Midnight Meat Train, this film is inferior, worth seeing if you love Barker's work, but doesn't necessitate multiple viewings as this one is pretty forgettable in the long run.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Oct 16, 2011
    I liked this movie, I really did. It gave you that eerie feeling when you watched it. I wouldn't say it's the most "suspensful, non-stop scary, with blood in every scene" horror movie in the world, but it was somehow interesting. Interesting story.
    Jacob P Super Reviewer
  • Sep 23, 2011
    Good but too leisurely paced ghost story about three paranormal investigators who discover an intersection to the world of the dead located in a house in Scotland. This didn't quite turn out to be the gore-fest I was expecting, it's more supernatural based but there's the odd bloody moment here and there. It's got a good atmosphere to it all helping to provide some chilling moments but no real scares. It all moves too slowly though and the film didn't make the most of the story. The last 20 minutes were really good so there is a pay-off in the end.
    Lee ? Super Reviewer
  • Sep 07, 2011
    An incredibly disappointing Clive Barker adaptation, this doesn't have an ounce of <i>Hellraiser</i> or <i>Dread</i>'s power. The most interesting aspect is the book-ended wraparound which does actually have some creepy moments - alas most of the film is taken up with boring scenes of not a lot happening in a spooky house, and the script is risible with horrible dialogue. Jonas Armstrong is ok but the performance from Sophie Ward is also horrible, and as she's on the screen most of the time her terrible accent continually distracts.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer

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