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REVIEW: ‘Books of Blood’

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Clive Barker’s ‘Books of Blood’ has landed on Hulu, and a lot of promise and hype came with it, but did the 3-story movie deliver on all the excitement leading up to it’s anticipated release during Halloween season?

No. Not even close.

While Barker’s books may have been a better telling of his series of horror fiction collections, Brannon Braga’s film was a far cry from the books, that seemed to have become a sort of cult hit among horror fans.

It’s important to note, especially for those who read the books, that Braga’s feature anthology film uses the “Book of Blood” framing device as a means to tell other brand new stories not actually found in Barker’s collections of stories.

The format could have been better utilized for a series as opposed to a film, but that’s a whole other argument.

The story of Jenna, who has an intense sensitivity to sound, is the most glaring weakness in the anthology. Logic and consistency lack in major elements throughout the story, which seems rushed together to tell a story that is a lazy rip off of the People Under the Stairs.

From there it descends further with a paranormal tale, and then puts you to sleep with it’s final story, which is equally dull and hollow. At the expense at potentially spoiling the film for anyone who may be interested in seeing it, I left out the details.

The film is boring, lacking suspense or any true emotion. The actors seem to be just going through the motions, and the director would have been better off shifting this to a series format, as it would have allowed him more time to spend on each story, and hopefully, that would have made it better than what was produced — a waste of time.

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The film is boring, lacking suspense or any true emotion. The actors seem to be just going through the motions, and the director would have been better off shifting this to a series format, as it would have allowed him more time to spend on each story, and hopefully, that would have made it better than what was produced --- a waste of time.
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Anthony DiMoro is the leader writer and founder of 'Fright Nerd'. DiMoro has written for popular websites such as Forbes and The Huffington Post. DiMoro cites Friday the 13th, A Nightmare On Elm Street and Halloween among his favorite horror movies of all time.

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Ben Stiller’s ‘Severance’ Arriving Next Month on Apple TV+

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Ben Stiller will be behind the camera for a brand new thriller series that will air exclusively on Apple TV+, as the Still directed ‘Severance’ will make it’s debut on February 18th, 2022, with new episodes airing each Friday.

Starring Adam Scott, Patricia Arquette, Christopher Walken, and John Turturro, the film’s new trailer is available below.

According to the rundown: “Mark Scout (Adam Scott) leads a team at Lumon Industries, whose employees have undergone a severance procedure, which surgically divides their memories between their work and personal lives. This daring experiment in ‘work-life balance’ is called into question as Mark finds himself at the center of an unraveling mystery that will force him to confront the true nature of his work… and of himself. ”

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Netflix Drops Teaser for ‘Vikings: Valhalla’

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Netflix is progressing the story 100 years with their new series ‘Vikings: Valhalla’, which takes place a century after the end of the original series, and it will make it’s arrival on February 25th, 2022.

According to the official synopsis: “Set over a thousand years ago in the early 11th century, “Vikings: Valhalla” chronicles the heroic adventures of some of the most famous Vikings who ever lived — the legendary explorer Leif Eriksson (Sam Corlett), his fiery and headstrong sister Freydis Eriksdotter (Frida Gustavsson), and the ambitious Nordic prince Harald Sigurdsson (Leo Suter).

“As tensions between the Vikings and the English royals reach a bloody breaking point and as the Vikings themselves clash over their conflicting Christian and pagan beliefs, these three Vikings begin an epic journey that will take them across oceans and through battlefields, from Kattegat to England and beyond, as they fight for survival and glory.”

The series also stars Bradley Freegard, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Caroline Henderson, Laura Berlin, and David Oakes.

Check out the teaser below:

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Trailer Arrives for Robert Rippberger’s ‘Those Who Walk Away’

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Director Robert Rippberger is preparing for the arrival of his new horror ‘Those Who Walk Away’ which is slated to hit limited theaters on on VOD platforms next month on February 11th, and a new trailer has arrived to build the hype.

According to the official summary: “Those Who Walk Away follows Max and Avery (Booboo Stewart and Scarlett Sperduto) on their first date. After meeting on a social media app, their evening takes a perilous turn when they end up at a local haunted house, the home of ‘Rotcreep’, a sinister creature that rots your body and soul with one touch. As the night turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse Max and Avery begin to realize the trauma they share may either save them or erupt into an unforgettable nightmare.”

Check out the official trailer below, courtesy of Bloody Disgusting.

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