Book of Blood (2009) Jonas Armstrong, Sophie Ward, Clive Russell, Paul Blair Movie Review

Book of Blood (2009)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Sophie Ward in Book of Blood (2009)

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Lecturer Mary Florescu (Sophie Ward) has a fascination for the paranormal and is particularly interested in a house where a gruesome killing took place involving a girl being viciously and sexually attacked by an entity. So when Mary discovers that the new student in her college class, Simon McNeal (Jonas Armstrong), has psychic abilities she persuades him to help her unlock the secrets of the house where the murder took place. But what they don't realise is that there is more to the house than meets the eye and it is a gateway between the living and the dead.

My experience of "Book of Blood" goes something like this; what are they saying as it is all muffled and who are these men in a cafe, boy is this a struggle to get in to I wonder if there is something else I can watch. Bam a girl gets sexually attacked by an entity and the skin on her face peeled back, now that grabbed my attention. Oh no they have started waffling again and it isn't clear what they are saying, jeez this is boring, oh wait Sophie Ward is taking her top off.

The above is quite simply how "Book of Blood" went for me with scene after scene which did little for me followed by a bam moment where out of nowhere a scene would shatter the tedium be it a moment of graphic horror or a sex scene between Mary and Simon. It not only makes "Book of Blood" incredibly uneven but also hard work as it fails to draw you in with the story and resorts to show stopper scenes to grab your attention and make an impact. It doesn't help matters that each actor in this are doing their own thing; saying their lines, playing their characters but never really come across as interacting with each other which in truth is as much to do with the writing as it is the acting.

What this all boils down to is that "Book of Blood" didn't do it for me and its unevenness as it swung from boring to attention grabbing was too much. Maybe fans of writer Clive Barker whose short stories it is based upon will get more from it than those just seeking some horror entertainment.