Clive Barker's Book of Blood [Blu-ray]
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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.Read more ›
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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First, I will say, this is a slow burner. This will be taking some time to get to the point, if you need instant gratification....this isn't for you. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Russell S
Boring and very predicable. Nowhere near up to the caliber of Hellraiser or Nightbreed.Published 13 months ago by Keith Lucas
I have read every volume of Books of Blood. On Jerusalem street was an incredible story, of course the movie isn't as good as the book, but I think thats because Barkers mind is so... Read morePublished 14 months ago by SpunkyLabreche
Product came on time, wrapped and in great shape. However the movie is, the product itself is solid.Published 16 months ago by Jason
HOLY COW. This movie is both classic ghost/demon style combined in one or two scenes of gore(girl gets her face ripped off!). Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mark J. House
this is an awesomely creepy Clive Barker movie. I love his work. disturbing content at times but an amazing content and themePublished on October 19, 2013 by Abby Joan