Based on the writings of Clive Barker, this creepy thriller centers on paranormal expert Mary Florescu (Sophie Ward) and spiritual medium Simon McNeal (Jonas Armstrong), who band together to investigate the mysterious occurrences of an alleged haunted house. When hostile spirits begin to speak through Simon in a horrifying fashion, he and Mary discover that the house may be a crossroad of spiritual paths.
Rating: 2 out of 10
There’s a long line of films that have been adapted from short stories that are terrific. A few of them off the top of my head are “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “All About Eve” and “Memento.” Unfortunately, “Book of Blood” is not one of them. It’s based on a short story by Clive Barker from his legendary Books of Blood collection and barely resembles it. Part of the problem is that the material was never meant to be anything more than a 25 page story. The adapted material tries to expand on it and makes less and less sense as it moves along.
The direction is also lifeless and confusing. In fact, the plot really has no linearity to it whatsoever. It meanders along without any motivations for the characters or progression to the plot. It doesn’t help that even when it stays in the same time line, you don’t understand what is going on, much less when they’re skipping between the future, the past and dream sequences. I know this may sound confusing but that’s how I feel trying to review such a crap-fest of a film. Avoid it!