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Clive Barker's Book of Blood (2008)

Sophie Ward , Clive Russell  |  R |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sophie Ward, Clive Russell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD 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: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002GIBVPC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,908 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but nothing special either September 20, 2009
Format:Blu-ray
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow, deliberate and disturbing October 6, 2009
Format:Blu-ray
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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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dead Have Highways July 15, 2009
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Relax, it's good fun November 9, 2009
By Emma
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Good Movie November 9, 2009
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This a fantastic story with some great effects. If you don't watch it you are missing out on one of horrors best stories. It is based on Clive Barker's short story of the same name from the Books of Blood collection. Well worth a rent but if you are a Clive fan or a die hard horror fan you will want to own this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but nothing special either September 20, 2009
Format:DVD
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars wrapped and in great shape. However the movie is
Product came on time, wrapped and in great shape. However the movie is, the product itself is solid.
Published 2 days ago by Jason
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Horror Movie
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 more
Published 1 month ago by Mark J. House
5.0 out of 5 stars awesomly creepy
this is an awesomely creepy Clive Barker movie. I love his work. disturbing content at times but an amazing content and theme
Published 11 months ago by Abby Joan
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
I don't know why I never seen this movie before it is a great flick has a good twist good movie
Published 13 months ago by ray
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh yes, I DO think 4 stars
I'm going to shamelessly admit I watched this simply because of Jonas Armstrong. I am not a horror movie fan and I don't particularly like Clive Barker. Read more
Published 14 months ago by MsFancyPantz
5.0 out of 5 stars Book of Blood Creapy and Scary
Book of Blood lived up to a Clive Barker production with plenty of creepy, bloody and scary moments. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Barbara Ramirez
5.0 out of 5 stars Clive Barker's Book of Blood
very different
ghosts
seeing the dead
i think the movie is like sixth sense but adult wise some scenes are not suitable for children but it is an European movie so... Read more
Published 17 months ago by JC
1.0 out of 5 stars THE CASE WAS EMPTY THE CASE WAS EMPTY THE CASE WAS EMPTY
THE CASE WAS EMPTY, and not only that you placed an invoice in the package for sex toys that I DID NOT PURCHASE! Read more
Published on June 4, 2011 by Spivey
2.0 out of 5 stars A Bit of a Bloody Mess
I have not read the Books of Blood by Clive Barker. So I came to this movie with no knowledge of the evidently faithful reproduction of bringing the bookend short stories to... Read more
Published on October 15, 2010 by Michael J. Tresca
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Clive Barker Movie
As the plot unfolds it becomes more and more Clive Barker-esque. If you liked hellraiser, nightbreed, candyman, and lord of illusions then you should really enjoy Book Of Blood. Read more
Published on May 4, 2010 by the smart guy
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