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Book of Blood (2009)

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A paranormal expert discovers a house that is at the intersection of so-called "highways" transporting souls in the afterlife.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Blair ...
Reg Fuller
Romana Abercromby ...
Gowan Calder ...
Janie's Mother
Graham Colquhoun ...
Simon's Father
Janie's Father (as Marcus McLeod)
James McAnerney ...
Doctor Nigel Blake
Joy McBrinn ...
Charlie McFadden ...
Jack North ...
Simon (age 11)
Andrew Scott-Ramsay ...
Male Student


A paranormal expert discovers a house that is at the intersection of so-called "highways" transporting souls in the afterlife.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody violence, sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 May 2009 (Turkey)  »

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Clive Barker's Book of Blood  »

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Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Clive Barker referred to this as essentially "a haunted house" story. See more »


[first lines]
Mary Florescu: The dead have highways, running through the wasteland behind our lives, bearing an endless traffic of departed souls. They can be heard in the broken places of our world, through cracks made out of cruelty, violence, and depravity. They have sign posts, these highways, and crossroads and intersections. And it is at these intersections where the dead mingle, and sometimes spill over into our world.
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Great Acting and Directing, But a Bland Story
25 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A young man, captured for his unique skin, is about to be flayed by a bounty hunter. But first, he tells his story of how his skin got the way it is: torn to shreds and covered in unique markings. He is, literally, a book of blood.

This is a work of Clive Barker's, originally two of his short stories combined together. The Barker themes are evident: like "Hellraiser", the dead have a gateway to this world through the flesh and blood of the living. And that gateway is connected to a certain place in space (in both cases, an upstairs room of a house). Even Simon Bamford of "Nightbreed" and "Hellraiser" shows up to continue his ubiquitous run in Barker films.

John Harrison directs this film beautifully. Between him and the cinematographer, they make a gorgeous film with a perfect setting and mood. It's delightfully haunting, and the gore effects are enjoyable (there is a face-ripping scene that stands out as one of the film's highlights). While I enjoy Harrison's "Tales From the Darkside" better, I think this better showcases his artistic abilities.

The problem with "Book of Blood" is an issue not unique to this film: it is adapted from a short story, and to stretch a short story into a full, feature film just does not always work. Some of this film is strong, but other parts just drag or seem extraneous. It could have been shortened to an hour and would have been a superior film, most likely. Chicago critics Jon Kitley and Aaron Christensen suggested that it could have been an anthology, mixed with Barker's "Dread" and "Midnight Meat Train". This is a fine suggestion... but too late now, giving us three average films rather than one superior film.

Horror Society rightly concludes that "this movie wasn't a disappointment", as it was no worse than I expected when taking my seat in the theater. Though, to be honest, my expectations were not overly high -- I had only the barest interest in this film and had heard nothing good about it. Clive Barker fans will need to see this one, but others can do fine without it. The Blu-Ray is a bare bones release, so if you're looking for features to plump this film up, you're screwed. Worth seeing? Maybe. A must-see? Definitely not.

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