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Book of Blood (2009)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Mystery  |  8 May 2009 (Turkey)
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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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Reg Fuller
Romana Abercromby ...
Janie
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Derek
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Tollington
Gowan Calder ...
Janie's Mother
Graham Colquhoun ...
Simon's Father
Marcus McLeod ...
Janie's Father
James McAnerney ...
Doctor Nigel Blake
Joy McBrinn ...
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Charlie McFadden ...
Joanne
Jack North ...
Simon (age 11)
Andrew Scott-Ramsay ...
Male Student
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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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Rated R for bloody violence, sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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

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[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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"Everybody is a book of blood; wherever we're opened, we're red".
30 January 2011 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

Based on the short stories that formed a prologue and epilogue to the "Books Of Blood" stories by Clive Barker, Book Of Blood is a decent enough horror movie crafted from very slim pickings when it comes to the source material.

Directed by John Harrison (who also co-wrote the screenplay with Darin Silverman), the film is a good mix of outright horror and other, psychological, thrills.

Sophie Ward plays Mary Florescu, a professional woman who wants to document some genuine paranormal activity within a notoriously haunted house. She takes along Reg (Paul Blair) to capture any evidence and a young boy named Simon (Jonas Armstrong) to act as a catalyst for what they hope will occur.

The movie keeps the key moments from the short stories that it's based on and fleshes things out nicely but it can never really overcome the fact that it's based on material that only ever bookended "the good stuff" in Clive Barker's works.

The acting is all okay and, as well as those mentioned, we get a good turn from Clive Russell as Wyburd, someone interested in young Simon's tale (the events of the movie are related to Wyburd by a disfigured Simon who is, apparently, due to be killed).

As is so often the case with Clive Barker's work, we get a heady mix of sex and death here. Whether it's a young, lusty teen making the mistake of dabbling in the dark arts or Florescu enjoying masturbatory fantasies as she sleeps under the same roof as a lad she finds herself strangely drawn to, it's the usual potent blend that fans should be used to.

Very much a British horror, the film falters in some of it's bigger moments (with budget and FX not really able to realise the vision in all of it's damned and phantasmagorical glory) but does very well for most of the runtime in the way that it explores ideas and supernatural events in a way that doesn't have to be viewed as too Brit-centric. An added bonus for viewers living in Edinburgh, as I do, lies in seeing some views of the city and recognising some of the landmarks as a lot of the movie was filmed in the capital of Scotland.

It's one of the lesser films based on the writings of Clive Barker that I've seen but that doesn't mean it should be avoided. It has some good tricks up it's sleeve and at least one FX moment that really impressed me with it's nastiness and execution. Horror fans should at least check it out.


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