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Clive Barker's Book of Blood [Blu-ray]

3.4 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

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While investigating a gruesome slaying, a paranormal expert finds a house that is at the intersection of "highways" transporting souls to the afterlife.

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  • Actors: Simon Bamford, Clive Russell, Sophie Ward, Jonas Armstrong, Paul Blair
  • Directors: John Harrison
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: September 22, 2009
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002GIBVO8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,409 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Clive Barker adaptations are usually even more hit and miss than Stephen King ones. The last one we had was the surprisingly good (and dreadfully underrated) Midnight Meat Train, and now here we are Book of Blood. The story of this film revolves around a college student named Simon (Jonas Armstrong) able to channel the dead, who is brought to a supposed haunted house by his professor (Sophie Ward). This whole story is told by Simon to a demented man (Clive Russell) who has been hired to collect Simon's scarred up skin. As far as Barker adaptations go, Book of Blood isn't all bad, as it does provide some genuine scares and well-done gore effects. Where it falters however is the fact that the film as a whole is poorly paced, and the twist ending really doesn't come as too much of a surprise either if you think about it. Still, Book of Blood isn't all bad, and if you're a Clive Barker fan, you could do a whole lot worse. Look for Doug "Pinhead" Bradley in a blink-and-you-miss-him cameo.
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This isn't a remake or a sequel. Instead it is a good movie. Sticking quite faithfully to the original short story by Clive Barker, this is a well made and often disturbing film. Great performances by the cast, an excellent script, a haunting score and some moody photography all work together to make this one of the better adaptations of a Barker story. The Bluray, while not exactly eye candy, is a faithful reproduction of the directors intentions and all the scenes are sharp and decent looking. Not much in the way of extra features but the included documentary is fairly thorough if a bit short. All in all a great film and an excellent transfer.
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"The dead have highways, highways that spill over into our world..." This is the premise behind Book of Blood, Clive Barkers latest horror film based upon his short stories (Book of Blood and On Jerusalem Street).
The movie is not as fast paced as Clive's last movie, The Midnight Meat Train (sadly with a poor opening - still sore Lionsgate, still sore!) a few months ago onto DVD. This one revolves around a house which is believed to be haunted since at least two deaths have occurred there. The house is the focal point for a Professor looking to make her mark in the world of the paranormal and acquires the help of a gifted young man named Simon whom she believes has a special gift that can allow the house to be "opened up" from its deathly slumber. The film continues where Simon has now become the focal point of the film, trying to open the house's energy up for proof of the supernatural. SPOILER WARNING! - towards the middle of the movie, we learn that Simon has been playing Mary for a fool and faked the first ghostly experience, but not the second as he later tells.

He then comes back and demands to show Mary the truth - but the truth is ... that we learn that it has been Mary all along who has opened up the house - and we see what that opening looks like as the ghosts of lost souls wander out, inscribing their stories on Simons pale skin. The story within the story (based upon Barkers On Jerusalem St.) features Simon who has now become a virtual book of blood and is being stalked by a Wyburd, a sociopath for hire who hears Simons story from his own mouth as he lays on Wyburds' "carving table.
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Okay, if you are looking for a deep and intelligent film this is not the movie for you. But then again, horror is probably not the genre for you. However, if you are looking for a movie that makes you scream and laugh (mostly unintentionally, but that is another joy of the genre) then I think this movie is a perfect fit. I love this movie - it entertains me. It also doesn't hurt that Jonas Armstrong is a fox.
Happy watching!
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I think this will be one of those underrated Barker films. Sometimes his stuff doesn't make sense, sometimes it's basically taken from him and reimagined by Hollywood in a bad way, and all too often his name on the movie can be ignored.

However, I think this is right up there with Midnight Meat Train. I read the entire Books of Blood series years ago and loved them. And this film works in a similar, if flawed, way that those books did. I won't go into the story really, but it's based on early stories Barker wrote. There are some changes, and these are noted in the Blu-Ray addition. It's far more erotic than most other Barker films, and I disagree that the pacing was problematic in a sense. The 1st half of this film is almost a 5 star, but the ending did have some pacing problems and simply too much going on. Really, though, it looks like they actually tried to make a good horror movie, a different horror movie without young teens getting naked or slasher killers stalking people, freakish rejects in the hills etc. There is lots of gore, some minor and some big scares, and an ominous atmosphere. They spent money too making this film look good, no cheap effects, and had some darn good actors actually get into their parts.

It's a different kind of nightmare more fitting of a Barker tale than anything else.

As for the Blu Ray, sound and audio seemed to mesh very well (important when you want to get scared). The special features are very lacking, but I rarely watch all of those, just know people do like them. All you get is one behind the scenes featurette.

So I loved it. If only all the odd ideas could have been honed more. If you like Barker's horror, you'll enjoy this. Though this film is far from perfect, I liked it even more than Midnight Meat Train. And from the special features, it appears they intend to make many more films based on Barker's horror stories. Bring em on.
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