Books of Blood(2020)(Review)(Happy Halloween #7)[Terrifying Theatrical Tuesday]
Clive Barker published a 6 volume anthology series known as the Books of Blood. Most of the stories such as "The Lord of Illusions" and "The Forbidden"(aka Candyman) have already gotten successful film adaptations. This is the second go round of attempting the adapt the title story of the series, the first attempt was in 2009. That movie also called Book of Blood pretty much fell off the radar and was a decent adaptation of the source material.
So how did the second go fare? Well it was rather disappointing as it seems they were aiming for this to be an episodic series but instead it was cut down into an almost two hour movie instead. Another detriment is the fact that this movie is an anthology but barely contains any of the original stories from the books themselves. The movie was decent and had potential for what it did contain but you mean to tell me that with over 6 volumes of stories, you couldn't use any of that material??
By I digress, getting back to the movie itself, it is an anthology where the title story is the wrap-around for two other segments known as "Jenna" and "Miles". "Jenna" is about a woman who suffers from misophonia, so she runs off to find somewhere more quiet. She finds a bed and breakfast that is operated by what seems to be a nice elderly couple but it ends up they are harboring dark secrets behind the walls of their home. This is the lengthier segment that takes time to set itself up, and the payoff is a little disturbing once everything is revealed.
The second segment "Miles" is more along the lines of the source material with a woman who experiences a loss of her child, and employs a con man who claims to be able to communicate with the dead. But the dead do not like to be deceived. This is the better part of the movie since it does actually adapt from the title story of the anthology stories.
The wrap-around segment is known as "Bennett" and is about two criminals seeking payment for a rare book which is the actual Book of Blood. They encounter characters from the two segments, with the end lesson of being careful what you seek as the very thing you are after could be seeking you.
This is a decent horror movie with plenty of scares and disturbing imagery, I just expected more than what we got. This could have been a very well done anthology series like Tales From the Crypt or Creepshow, but as a movie, it just lacked any luster. I am a huge fan of Clive Barker and his stories has gotten great movie adaptations in the past, but I feel this fell below the mark. Maybe my standards are too high. Check it out for yourself to see what you think. If you have seen Books of Blood, feel free to leave your thoughts below!!
Till next time, Happy Halloween and stay scared!! -Tha Thrilla-