Bradley Cooper (The A-Team) stars as Leon Kauffman, an ambitious New York photographer whose reckless search for a serial killer known as “the Subway Butcher” (Vinnie Jones) leads him down a dark and dangerous path that puts his own life at risk. Leslie Bibb, Dan Callahan, Brooke Shields and Tony Curran also star in this thriller from Japanese director Ryuhei Kitamura, and based on a short story by horror giant Clive Barker.
Rating: 4 out of 10
This is a better film than “Book of Blood,” but that’s like saying one piece of shit smells a little better than another. Believe me, I love Clive Barker and I love horror movies. Both of these should have been like peanut butter and jelly but when you try to adapt a short story and don’t figure out interesting ways to expand on the original ideas, you’re left with little except grisly murder scenes and paper thin characters.
Stylistically, it’s well shot and has some suspenseful scenes but would have worked far better as a tight 30-minute thrill ride instead of a 90-minutes mess.
The movies rarely do right by Clive Barker. I am still hoping to see an adaptation of “Thief of Always” but stopped holding my breath a long time ago.
Dennis, I last heard a rumor that The Thief of Always was being made into an animated feature. I’m such a believer in that novel that if David Fincher or some other talented director got a hold of it and did it right, it could be a timeless classic. The book is that incredible.