DVD Review: BOOK OF EVIL

BOOK OF EVIL is a horror anthology that was directed by James Coleman, Vincent Coleman and Michael Del Rossa and stars Brian Barrett, Jessica Bell, Nick Bianchi, Issac Thompson, Laura J. Morelock, Greg Boyton and Kaylin Cervini.

Stan Harris is a procrastinating horror novelist who gets a call from his publisher warning him that he’s only got until the end of the night to complete his latest work. As paranormal events start unfolding around him, Stan finds all new inspiration, and danger, while completing his stories.

As this horror novelist sits down to crank out his work so he can beat the deadline his imagination begins to work overtime as his stories come to life. His stories include paramedics that get a call and when they arrive on the scene they quickly realize they’re in a nightmarish situation that pits them up against some deranged lunatics. The next story follows a man who’s suffering from sleep paralysis while monsters surround him in his helpless state. Of course his doctor is no help at all.

The third segment takes place on Halloween and follows a couple of friends that find out a masked serial killer is on the loose and he wants to carve them up like a jack o’ lantern. There’s also a few tricks and treats to go along with the terror. The final segment follows a group of friends partying it up and having a good time. What happens is, one of their own has let a grudge go too far and ends up conjuring an evil spirit that goes around killing each friend one by one until no one is left. The novelist is able to beat his deadline but soon discovers that a real life scare has paid him a visit.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. The DVD disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I always like it when a good horror anthology comes along but unfortunately Book of Evil isn’t one of them. It has a great concept about this horror novelist who’s under pressure with his deadline to get the job done but the final product is just an okay watch at best. His imagination is what brings these segments to life but there’s not a lot of plot or character development here so all we get are some vicious murders in each story. Speaking of, there’s lots of blood and gore so at least it has that going for it but unfortunately that’s about it for this horror anthology. Book of Evil is now available on DVD and is okay for a one time watch or time killer filler.

Distributor: Wild Eye Releasing

Run Time: 90 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles: N/A

Special Features: The extras include a director’s Introduction, audio commentary and trailers.

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