BOOKS OF BLOOD is a new Hulu horror anthology based on the stories by Clive Barker. Three solid horror stories with brutal and grotesque imagery all ultimately end in the same place. This is definitely a movie horror fans should check out. Read our full Books of Blood review here!
BOOKS OF BLOOD is a new Hulu horror anthology. This new horror movie consists of three solid stories that offer the brutal and grotesque visuals we’ve come to expect from Clive Barker. Fans of horror – and the more visceral horror, in particular – should definitely check this out.
Continue reading our Books of Blood movie review below and find it on Hulu now.
The stories of Jenna, Miles, and Bennett
Books of Blood work perfectly as one complete story just as any good anthology. All the while, it also manages to deliver three separate stories. Those stories are about Jenna (Britt Robertson), Miles (the young Etienne Kellici), and Bennett (Yul Vazquez).
However, one could easily argue that the story of Miles is more about Simon, who is played perfectly by Rafi Gavron (season 1 of Homecoming).
As it usually goes with any good anthology, the three stories are all connected with one another. Some in a very obvious and direct way, while at other times the characters from each story simply cross paths. For me, all three stories worked really well, but I especially enjoyed the way the Jenna story circled back again during the actual ending.
Also, I have to say that I think Britt Robertson is a hugely under-appreciated actor. She is always good and often manages to get a lot more out of the character than you could possibly expect. In the Miles story, Anna Friel also plays a key role and I do enjoy watching her on-screen. She is brilliant in the Netflix series Marcella and this new character could also be one we’ll see again!
Will there be a Books of Blood sequel?
After watching the stories in this anthology, you will no doubt be wondering if there will be a Books of Blood sequel. The short answer right now is: We don’t know yet!
The somewhat more elaborate answer: It sure looks like the final scene is teasing a sequel to Books of Blood!
In other words, it seems very plausible that we’ll hear about Books of Blood 2 soon if this first anthology is a success. So, do be sure to check it out ASAP, so we can get the news that Books of Blood 2 has been greenlit and is in the making.
Watch Books of Blood on Hulu now!
Brannon Braga directed Books of Blood and also co-wrote the screenplay with Adam Simon. And, of course, the entire horror anthology is based on Clive Barker’s stories who also produced it. Brannon Braga previously directed episodes of several TV series in both fiction and documentary. Also, he directed a music video for Marilyn Manson back in 2014.
Brannon Braga and Adam Simon also co-created the TV series Salem (2014-2017) with Braga furthermore creating Flashforward (2009-2010). Adam Simon is also known for co-writing the screenplay for The Haunting of Connecticut (2009). Fans of horror sci-fi might know him better as the director and co-writer of the 1990 movie Brain Dead starring Bill Pullman and Bill Paxton.
As a horror anthology, the release of Books of Blood here in the month of Halloween feels like perfect timing. It’s a real horror treat for fans of the genre, while also reaching a rather big audience on Hulu. However, this is not for the weak of heart. After all, it is based on something from the mind of Clive Barker, which should come with a warning; Yes, there will be body horror!
Books of Blood is out on Hulu from October 7, 2020.
Director: Brannon Braga
Stars: Britt Robertson, Rafi Gavron, Anna Friel, Yul Vazquez, Freda Foh Shen
Based on Clive Barker’s acclaimed and influential horror anthology BOOKS OF BLOOD, this feature takes audiences on a journey into uncharted and forbidden territory through three uncanny tales tangled in space and time.