Film: Books of Blood

Opened: October 7, 2020

Directed by: Brannon Braga

Starring: Britt Robertson, Freda Foh Shen, Nicholas Campbell, Anna Friel, Rafi Gavron, Yul Vazquez, Andy McQueen, Kenji Fitzgerald, Paige Turco, Saad Siddiqui & Glenn Lefchak

Hulu’s attempt at a scary movie intertwining three different stories was a valiant effort but failed to make good out of any of them.

Jenna (Britt Robertson) finds out the owners of the house she’s staying in are practicing sadistic methods. Mary (Anna Friel) finds Simon (Rafi Gavron) who claims he can communicate with the dead. And Bennett (Yul Vazquez) is on the hunt for a book that can make him rich.

The performances given by Robertson, Friel and Gavron are all well done. Without the three of them, it would have made the already weak screenplay feel even more draining.

Except for a few moments, there’s hardly anything that will frighten viewers. Moments that should are undermined by bad CGI and genuine moments from the characters feel forced without purpose.

Final say: Judge the book by its cover. ★☆☆☆☆

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