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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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John Harrison

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John Harrison (screenplay), Darin Silverman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonas Armstrong ... Simon McNeal
Sophie Ward ... Mary Florescu
Clive Russell ... Wyburd
Paul Blair Paul Blair ... Reg Fuller
Romana Abercromby Romana Abercromby ... Janie
Simon Bamford ... Derek
Doug Bradley ... Tollington
Gowan Calder Gowan Calder ... Janie's Mother
Graham Colquhoun Graham Colquhoun ... Simon's Father
Marcus Macleod ... Janie's Father
James McAnerney James McAnerney ... Dr. Nigel Blake
Joy McBrinn Joy McBrinn ... Waitress
Charlie McFadden Charlie McFadden ... Joanne
Jack North Jack North ... Simon (age 11)
Andrew Scott-Ramsay 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 2009 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Clive Barker's Book of Blood See more »

Filming Locations:

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK See more »

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$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 »

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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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Unchain My Heart
Written by Bobby Sharp (uncredited) and Teddy Powell (uncredited)
Performed by Natasha Miller
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"...his name is Clive Barker."
18 April 2010 | by dagonseveSee all my reviews

Clive Barker released a series of short stories back in 1984 through 1986 called the Books of Blood; exploring themes of fantasy and horror. Barker was originally a writer and later turned his interests towards that of film making. His background has allowed him to release great titles like Hellraiser (based on Barker's The Hellbound Heart), Nightbreed (A tale based on H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos), Lord of Illusions (The Last Illusion), and Midnight Meat Train (which also happens to be another short story from the Books of Blood). This particular films draws influence from two of his short stories, The Book of Blood and On Jerusalem Street (a postscript). There are 6 volumes to the Books of Blood, but personally I've only read Volume 4.

A paranormal investigator hires an equipment expert and a so-called psychic to explore a house - one that has witnessed a brutal murder. What they discover is not your typical spiritual activity but an intersection for the dead. This isn't your run-of-the-mill haunted house story; there is plenty to think about and consider with a fair amount of violence and thrills. The final act of this film is really awesome, almost making it worth it just for that alone. Unfortunately Barker did not direct or produce this film, but John Harrison did a wonderful job representing him. Harrison did great work of his own, such as 1990's Tales from the Darkside: The Movie and several episodes of Tales from the Crypt and Tales from the Darkside.

Clive is back, in some form or another! Now, I shall recite a quote by Stephen King from 25 years ago: "I have seen the future of horror, his name is Clive Barker."


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