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“A cruel, twisted and erotically charged ghost tale whose only real precedent is Clive Barker's own HELLRAISER” — Anton Bitel, EYE FOR FILM
Director: John Harrison
Screenplay: John Harrison, Darin Silverman
Cast: Jonas Armstrong, Sophie Ward, Paul Blair, Doug Bradley
Producers: Lauri Apelian, Clive Barker, Joe Daley, Micky McPherson, Jorge Saralegui, Nigel Thomas
Distributor: Equinoxe Films
2008 | 8 min
“The dead pass on their stories carved in flesh to our world.” Coming on the heels of Ryuhei Kitamura’s MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN, which had its world premiere at last summer’s Fantasia, is this decidedly more adult Clive Barker adaptation that merges two short stories from the author’s groundbreaking Books of Blood collection, “On Jerusalem Street” and “The Book of Blood,” into a single, feature-length narrative. Mary Florescu (Sophie Ward) is a celebrated author and professor with a string of bestselling books on the paranormal under her belt. For her latest project, she recruits a student from her class named Simon (Jonas Armstrong), who was at a time well known as a very reluctant and considerably unfortunate clairvoyant—said reluctance stemming from the fact that his communications with the other side have almost always left his body beaten and bloody. Mary wants Simon on her team because she plans to investigate the notorious Tollington House, a place of many an unusual happening and a murder site from several years ago. She believes that a spiritual sensitive like Simon can be an ultimate channel to the crossroads between the living and the dead, an invaluable tool towards understanding the house’s terrible mysteries. Whether or not he’s comfortable with taking on this role is of no consequence to her, and the two, along with a tech assistant (Paul Blair), proceed to move into the house, stepping straight into darkness. They begin to get distinctly physical results that are... illuminating... in ways most horrific.
Regular George A. Romero collaborator, occasional composer of immortal film scores (DAY OF THE DEAD, CREEPSHOW) and TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE director John Harrison breathes big-screen life into Barker’s morbid, sexually-charged universe with an elegance and maturity that many previous adaptations have lacked. His BOOK OF BLOOD is an intelligent, well-performed work that doesn’t at all shy away from grotesquery, giving light to the highways of the dead in ways that will startle you. Prepare for corpuscular stimulation—and watch out for an appearance by HELLRAISER’s Doug Bradley!