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Clive Barker: Book Of Blood [Blu-ray]

Jonas Armstrong , Sophie Ward , John Harrison    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jonas Armstrong, Sophie Ward, Clive Russell, Paul Blair, Romana Abercromby
  • Directors: John Harrison
  • Producers: Lauri Apelian, Clive Barker, Joe Daley, Micky McPherson, Jorge Saralegui
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Oct 2009
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,803 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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John Harrison directs this British horror based on two short stories by Clive Barker: 'The Book of Blood' and 'On Jerusalem Street'. Jonas Armstrong stars as Simon McNeal, a college student known for his psychic powers who is employed by paranormal researcher Mary Florescu (Sophie Ward) to investigate a haunted house where a gruesome murder has taken place. As the pair uncover the house's dark and shocking secret, the divide between the living and the dead becomes dangerously blurred - with brutal and bloody consequences.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Suprisingly good gothic ghost horror... 25 Jun 2010
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yes it is from the short stories of the Horror/ fantasist writer legend Clive Barker so we are expecting a lot. It does actually though come through as a pretty decent spooky horror flick worth seeing. It is suprisingly similar to Clive Barker's Hellraiser-the original at least-and is quite a decent original suspenseful film. Yes, it is a bit slow, but keep with it and it has a real good level of proper brewing, deep gothic creepy atmosphere. It was the kind of horror I would prefer to see-no dumb girls running aorund, no stupid American jocks, just good characters and suspense and gore only when it's needed
. Very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a suprise 15 Feb 2010
I absoulutely love clive barker's story's so was intriged to see if this was any good. To be honest i was expecting a poor made for tv type thing but it was great. Well acted and very spooky with plenty of atmosphere. It took me back to the 80's when horror was at it's best. You'll love it.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Just watched this last night (a review copy), and really enjoyed it. It stopped me from falling asleep which says a lot! Spooky haunted house goings-on, with some nice bits of gore. Pretty scary, and the story isn't quite as straightforward as initially appears. It certainly feels like a Clive Barker story. Some original imagery too. I'd definitely recommend it if you like horror movies that don't just rely on loud noises to scare you or pummel your eyes with gratuitous images of people getting chopped up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Written In Blood 24 Jun 2010
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A drifter called Simon Mcneiil(Jonas Armstrong) is helped by a stranger Wyburd(Clive Russell) after collapsing in a cafe. However, when he comes to, Simon is strapped to a table in a cottage in the sticks, and Wyburd reveals his true, horrifying intentions. He has been payed a large amount of money to deliver Simon to a collector in one piece. His skin anyway. To delay his fate, Simon relates his story to his kidnapper.
As a student of Paranormal Investigator and author Mary Florescu(Sophie Ward), Simon is asked to accompany his tutor and a third party, sceptical techno boffin Reg(Paul Blair) to Darlington House, a place with a horrible history and a story to tell. However, all is not what it seems, there is deception in the air, but just who is leading who, and down what dangerous paths?
Although it has a gory veneer, this is a classic ghost story in a modern setting. It reminded me very much of 'Legend Of Hell House' another great British haunted house film. Reviewers more widely read than me have knowledge of the source material, apparently a short story only spanning twelve or so pages. Therefore it is quite some achievement to craft a film of over an hour and a half out of such a slight source, but succeed in entertaining the viewer throughout and also provide the occasional genuine chill or two along the way.
The performances are all very good, the story moves along at a sedate pace but never flags and there is a real sense of dread that pervades the film. Another very fine recent adaptation of a Clive Barker story, and an excellent British horror film to boot. 5 out of 5
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Surprise... 12 Jun 2010
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This movie wasn't something I expected alot from, despite it being Clive Barker, it is based on a 12 page story so I knew it would be littered with fillers.
However, I found myself becoming more intrigued as it went on, the story is slow paced, I think it is supposed to be that way, along with the tone of the movie, everything is dark, grey, all outside shots seem to be done when it's overcast/wet and it makes the whole thing feel cold, this adds to the movie in a positive way.
The acting is so-so at times, especially Sophie Ward, her American accent is monotonous and makes alot of her line delivery sound awful, Clive Russell does what he needs to do as pretty much a bystander.
The real star of this movie is Jonas Armstrong, being quietly un-assuming in the beginning before things turn nasty and then he plays the tortured soul part very well, I didn't really see the chemistry between he and Sophie and at times their love scenes seemed out of place, adding nothing to the story but as the movie reaches its climax it becomes clearer why they're attracted to one another.
The gore/scares - well I wouldn't say this was a scary movie, the scene which features the girl who's murder is being investigated could be unsettling for some who aren't used to violence/blood but it's a flash and nothing more. The rest is haunted house bangs, wisps of ghostly visuals and unsettling images. The scenes involving the 'book of blood' will be toe curling for those that are squeamish but again, they're brief and well done.
Overall it's a decent movie, not recommended if you're after something that's fast paced, full of screaming teenagers and buckets of blood (Saw/Hostel etc)but if you want something with a bit more story with a subtle pace then you'll enjoy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars bloody 18 April 2014
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thought this would be the film version of his famous 6 books of blood. a good plot nonetheless, bloody and scary
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3.0 out of 5 stars not 1 Mar 2014
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that scary more good story/gory type horror.could been better- hell raiser far superior by barkerstill worth a look /not one to collect
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT LITTLE FILM 24 April 2013
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A present
I don't know what this is, but found it on my son's wishlist and decided to buy it for him for Christmas. He is very happy.
Published 6 months ago by Mum
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Horror...with moments
I remember Hellraiser, but if honest, I never really got into them. However, Clive Barker's Book Of Blood is a good little horror, & thanks to Edinburgh (one of the main stars) it... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Rick
4.0 out of 5 stars another clive barker classic.
this film is quite dark like other clive barker films such as hellraiser,and with a good storyline too.the end is pretty damn good too.
Published 16 months ago by MARKYBOY
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow and then boring
Whilst this film is not a total waste of is however not the best film I've seen...If you're looking for a good horror with a suitable ending..This aint it...
Published on 6 Jun 2012 by Mrs. A. Stephen
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic dvd
clive barker really is a great man,i really loved this story line,the actors and actresses were also super,well done clive barker one of the best dvds ive seen in ages.
Published on 26 May 2012 by deedee
4.0 out of 5 stars Suprised
Love Clive barkers hell raiser - however this film surprisingly sucked me in and very different to what I've seen before - not gory but worth the watch
Published on 28 Oct 2011 by supaflywill
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST SEE for fans of ghost sories.
I Loved this film.

As far as ghost stories go, this has to be 1 of my favourites.

"an intersection where the dead cross over into our world, where they stop... Read more
Published on 10 Oct 2011 by tommy1381
5.0 out of 5 stars the dead have highways...
I am pleasantly surprised by how great this little known horror film turns out to be! The story grips you from the start and it takes a unique perspective between the world we live... Read more
Published on 24 Aug 2011 by Ben
4.0 out of 5 stars small film
Loved this movie but i do think they could have done so much more with it, I love clive barker and have read a lot of his books. Read more
Published on 30 April 2011 by belinda
5.0 out of 5 stars Clive Barker at his best
I thought this film was great, can't understand why it wasn't more of a success when it was released. Read more
Published on 25 Jan 2011 by KenniPod
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