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.