Hulu has released the first full trailer for Books of Blood, an anthology film based upon and “inspired by” Clive Barker’s famed collections of short stories that launched his career back in the 1980s.
The trailer opens on the frame story for the collection where a psychologist (Anna Friel, Pushing Daisies) is performing an experiment, testing a man who is supposedly psychic. Over the course of the trailer via narration, we learn that the psychologist lost her young son and that she’s trying to contact him.
Interspersed throughout are glimpses of the other stories that writers Brannon Braga (Star Trek: Generations) and Adam Simon have woven together to create the film.
Friel is joined in the cast by Britt Robertson (Tomorrowland), Rafi Gavron (A Star is Born), Yul Vazquez (Midnight, Texas), Cory Lee (Degrassi: The Next Generation), and Saad Siddiqui (Fahrenheit 451) to name a few.
As we mentioned earlier, The Books of Blood were published in six volumes from 1984-1985 by Clive Barker, and the world sat up and paid attention. Since then, the stories have served as the inspiration for various films including Books of Blood, Dread, Candyman, Rawhead Rex, and The Midnight Meat Train.
What is somewhat frustrating is that beyond the framing device, it does not look as though they’ve actually adapted full stories from the original works. However, Barker was supposedly involved in the creation of the film, and we can take some comfort in that, and at least one clip seems to hint at “In the Hills, the Cities,” one of the more disturbing stories from the collections.
Books of Blood is scheduled for release on October 7, 2020. Check out the trailer below and let us know your thoughts in the comments!