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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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