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Book of Blood

Book of Blood

John Harrison (2009)

96min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The dead's desire to be heard has grisly consequences for apparently psychic student Jonas Armstrong (TV's Robin Hood) in this ineffective haunted-house tale, based on two of horror author Clive Barker's early short stories. Reeling in viewers with an intriguingly gruesome set-up, the flashback-centred film then disappointingly descends into total tedium, as Armstrong helps paranormal expert Sophie Ward and her assistant investigate extreme supernatural activity in a now empty Edinburgh abode. So little happens that it's hard to stay focused, with a slow succession of badly lit, and sometimes confusing, scenes repeatedly amounting to nothing, and an absence of atmosphere ensuring that even the feature's supposedly chilling final segments fall flat. Emotionless acting from Armstrong and especially Ward intensifies the general dullness, while making their characters' illogical behaviour all the more dissatisfying.

Summary

A psychic researcher recruits a supposed medium to help her investigate a supposedly haunted house where a murder took place. Initially, his visions seem dubious, but he soon finds himself being attacked by real ghosts as the house's horrific true nature is revealed. Horror, based on a story by Clive Barker, starring Jonas Armstrong, Sophie Ward and Clive Russell.

Cast & Crew

Simon McNeal Jonas Armstrong
Mary Florescu Sophie Ward
Wyburd Clive Russell
Reg Fuller Paul Blair
Janie Romana Abercromby
Derek Simon Bamford
Jimmy James Watson
Tollington Doug Bradley
Director John Harrison
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Guidance: Violence Available on: Available on DVD

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