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Todd and the Book of Pure Evil
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD
I tend to reserve my five star ratings for only the programs that I think represent the best of television. So, in many ways, my glowing review of "Todd & The Book of Pure Evil" may seem uncharacteristic. I mean, really, it's hardly like this show serves the same purposes as "Mad Men" or "Masterpiece Theater." But this program, with unabashed eccentricity, does exactly what it intends. And by embracing its lunacy wholeheartedly, the show is an unqualified success. This gonzo comedy/horror mash-up from Canada is an unapologetic homage to bad monster movie mayhem. It embraces its intentional badness in such a refreshing way, though, it is almost impossible to resist (if you're into that kind of thing). Combining cheesy effects, ridiculous situations, and over-the-top characterizations while filtering everything through a stoner mentality, this is a show that screams to be discovered by a wider audience and achieve the cult status that seems inevitable.

The program gets off to a quick start as our titular hero Todd (Alex House) discovers the existence of mystical book that has the power to make your dreams come true. But as its powers raise Todd to Rock Star God status, it appears that an ulterior evil is really at work to destroy the school. Subsequent episodes has Todd with a band of misfits pursue the book through a series of misadventures (usually accompanied by a monster or two). Among Todd's cohorts are the school's popular girl (Maggie Castle, on whom Todd is crushing), Todd's witless and one-armed best friend (Bill Turnbull), and a brainy science geek (Melanie Leishman, who is crushing on Todd). Add an evil guidance counselor (a great Chris Leavins), a nefarious band of hooded villains, an unusually wise trio of stoners, and an underutilized Jason Mewes as the janitor (showing the signs of hard living!) and you've got an enthusiastic ensemble committed to the madness. But the book and the deranged and daffy monsters it creates are the true standouts of every episode.

I was on the fence with "Todd & The Book of Pure Evil" after the premiere episode, but the strange beastie with Todd's head (a humunculus) which rampaged through the second episode completely won me over. From there on out, the plotting gets more intricate but no less ridiculous. The book is tied to the disappearance of Castle's father, so the band of heroes has a personal stake in tracking it down. Ultimately, "Todd & The Book of Pure Evil" may not be for everyone. That's okay, it really isn't meant for everyone. But for those with whom it connects, I think they'll really love it. It takes a far-out premise and it runs with it. Silly, clever, preposterous, gross and FUN--this show works.

This two disc set offers all thirteen episodes from Season One just in time to catch up before the second season launches March 13th on FEARnet. In addition to the shows, the disc has pretty decent extras including commentary for three episodes, bloopers, outtakes, deleted scenes, extended musical numbers, questions with the cast, and the original short film. If it sounds like your type of fun, I encourage you strongly to check it out! KGHarris, 2/12.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2012
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Todd & The Book of Pure Evil is a work of pure genius.

It's like Degrassi: The Next Generation meets Evil Dead 2 - a dirty, bloody, heavy-metal stoner, anti-sentimental, satanic-battling, supernatural high-school comedy!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2012
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Being someone who grew up on the Evil Dead series, I can't remember when another TV show gave me the same level of enjoyment that this one does. It is such a shame it is getting cancelled just when popularity was starting to peak here in the States. Sign the petition to save Todd and the Book of Pure Evil!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 15, 2012
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This show is one of my all time favorites. At first glance it appears to be a cheesy comedy with horror undertones, but it is much more. Its ability to laugh at its self and still impress charms with in only a few episodes. Its in your face humor allows you to be in on the joke, wich is a difficult task that this show pulls of effortlessly. Its primace seems to only be for genre fans but it has transcended past to captivate all viewers. This is a must see. I hope the creators are able to continue with this series. It would be a shame to lose a rare jewel of this magnitude.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2012
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Todd & The Book of Pure Evil is a cool show. Some episodes are better than others, though. My favorite episodes are Rock N' Roll Zombies Know Best (I am a fan of zombies, after all), Gay Day, Monster Fat, Big Bad Baby, and The Phantom Of Crowley High (which is a musical episode). The only extra I've watched so far on the DVD, is the short film that inspired the show. And thank goodness that the show went in a total different direction, because the short film was way too serious. I prefer the comedy and silliness that the show provides. Bring on Season 2 on DVD!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2012
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If you like Jack Brooks Monster Slayer, or Cheech & Chong movies. Then you'll LOVE this! All the acting is pretty solid and the creature effects are surprisingly good too!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2012
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All my kids love this. Teenage stuff ! Great that this DVD can be used in Europe. Got 2 by mistake but it will be used.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2012
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Todd and the book of pure evil is pure genius !!!! I love this show and is well worth the watch . Funny , dark and a soon to be classic . " Wanna have a baby " lmao really great stuff :D I am severely please
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2012
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There's so much I love about this show. The budget doesn't go too overboard so the violence is reasonably funny and graphic. The cast is brilliant. Alex House, Maggie Castle, Melanie Leishman, Chris Leavins and Jason Mewes are all perfect for the tone of the show. All the supporting characters are great as well. The show is all-around like a well-written troma movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I tend to reserve my five star ratings for only the programs that I think represent the best of television. So, in many ways, my glowing review of "Todd & The Book of Pure Evil" may seem uncharacteristic. I mean, really, it's hardly like this show serves the same purposes as "Mad Men" or "Masterpiece Theater." But this program, with unabashed eccentricity, does exactly what it intends. And by embracing its lunacy wholeheartedly, the show is an unqualified success. This gonzo comedy/horror mash-up from Canada is an unapologetic homage to bad monster movie mayhem. It embraces its intentional badness in such a refreshing way, though, it is almost impossible to resist (if you're into that kind of thing). Combining cheesy effects, ridiculous situations, and over-the-top characterizations while filtering everything through a stoner mentality, this is a show that screams to be discovered by a wider audience and achieve the cult status that seems inevitable.

The program gets off to a quick start as our titular hero Todd (Alex House) discovers the existence of mystical book that has the power to make your dreams come true. But as its powers raise Todd to Rock Star God status, it appears that an ulterior evil is really at work to destroy the school. Subsequent episodes has Todd with a band of misfits pursue the book through a series of misadventures (usually accompanied by a monster or two). Among Todd's cohorts are the school's popular girl (Maggie Castle, on whom Todd is crushing), Todd's witless and one-armed best friend (Bill Turnbull), and a brainy science geek (Melanie Leishman, who is crushing on Todd). Add an evil guidance counselor (a great Chris Leavins), a nefarious band of hooded villains, an unusually wise trio of stoners, and an underutilized Jason Mewes as the janitor (showing the signs of hard living!) and you've got an enthusiastic ensemble committed to the madness. But the book and the deranged and daffy monsters it creates are the true standouts of every episode.

I was on the fence with "Todd & The Book of Pure Evil" after the premiere episode, but the strange beastie with Todd's head (a humunculus) which rampaged through the second episode completely won me over. From there on out, the plotting gets more intricate but no less ridiculous. The book is tied to the disappearance of Castle's father, so the band of heroes has a personal stake in tracking it down. Ultimately, "Todd & The Book of Pure Evil" may not be for everyone. That's okay, it really isn't meant for everyone. But for those with whom it connects, I think they'll really love it. It takes a far-out premise and it runs with it. Silly, clever, preposterous, gross and FUN--this show works. If it sounds like your type of fun, I encourage you strongly to check it out! KGHarris, 2/12.
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