Books of Blood

Hulu is in the process of finalizing a deal that will bring Clive Barker’s classic Books of Blood collection to the streaming service next fall under the direction of Brannon Braga (SalemThe Orville) with Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, The Orville) serving as an executive producer.

The project had previously been pitched as a series, but will now take on the form of what appears to be an anthology film based around Barker’s work with original material as well.

Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies) will star in the film as Mary, a psychologist who debunks psychic phenomena, who is taken in by a charming, handsome, and charismatic charlatan named Simon (Rafi Gavron, Tracers) who convinces her he can speak to the dead and can connect her with her young son who died of leukemia.

Britt Robertson (Tomorrowland) will play a young woman named Jenna who suffers from misophonia, a condition which makes her hyper-sensitive to sound, who runs away from home after she learns of her mother’s plans to lock her away.

Yul Vazquez (Midnight, Texas) will also appear in the film as a hitman who finds himself in dangerous supernatural territory when he learns of a book that could allow him to retire permanently.

Barker’s Books of Blood were published in six volumes  from 1984 to 1985 and were the stories that put the author on the map with Stephen King proclaiming him the “future of horror.” The tales in the six volumes blended dark fantasy with horror in ways that few had ever imagined and they have served as the basis/inspiration for numerous films and television shows in the last three decades. (See the list below.)

There’s little doubt that this film will be one to watch for if the filmmakers are faithful to the source material. After all, there are few authors who can so quickly grip the imagination quite like Barker.

Hopefully, if it’s done well, we could see more on the streaming platform in the future!

Previous Adaptations of Books of Blood:

  • Rawhead Rex (1986)
  • “The Yattering and Jack” Season 7, Episode 4 of Tales from the Darkside
  • Candyman (1992): Based on a story titled “The Forbidden.”
  • Lord of Illusions (1995): Based on a story titled “The Last Illusion”
  • Quicksilver Highway (1997): This made for TV anthology film featured a segment based on Barker’s story “The Body Politic”
  • The Midnight Meat Train (2008)
  • Book of Blood (2009): This combined the first and final stories of the Books of Blood series with “Book of Blood” and “On Jerusalem Street (a Postscript).
  • Dread (2009)

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