It has been 8 years since the release of the 2007 horror anthology Trick-r-Treat , and ever since, there have been horror anthologies released in its honor, but none of them have even come close to the quality of the film. Thankfully, that has all been changed by P.J. Starks, Nathan Milliner (yes the guy that does all of those awesome Scream! Factory and HorrorHound covers) and Todd Martin. Volumes of Blood is an anthology film that horror fans can be proud of, it’s not some cheap knock off of what has already been done, it is gory, original and for a lack of better terms, fucking amazing!
A sociology student gathers several friends at the local library on Halloween night to help him create a new urban legend with deadly consequences; Lily is in for a late night of researching and needs something to keep her going. It isn’t until she’s approached by a stranger that her luck may change – for the worse; a typical night of work for a librarian becomes a classic ghost story with a modern twist. Sometimes you can’t keep a bad book down; Sidney is allowed to stay after hours to study for a test. It’s not until she awakens in the darkened library that she realizes the truth of what lurks among the books after midnight. She better pray she doesn’t become the prey; Paige faces regrets that she’d do anything to take back. When an ancient and arcane spell book falls into her lap, she decides to make a grave decision. Be careful what you wish for, it might just kill you.
Volumes of Blood stars Kristine Renee Farley (Happy Hooker Bang Bang), Jim O’Rear (The Deepening), Roni Jonah (Hell House), Jason Crowe (The Zombie Movie), Jakob Bilinski (Obsolescence), P.J. Starks (A Mind Beside Itself), Kevin Roach (Happy Hooker Bang Bang) and a host of other indie horror greats. The biggest complaint many people have about indie films in general is the lack of talent and overacting, but this cast was phenomenal. There were scenes that required a bit of an homage to the corny acting of the 1980’s, but it was done intentionally and only enhanced the overall quality of the film. For example, the opening scene, I felt, was a beautiful nod to the 80’s slasher films, Friday the 13th in particular. As a fan of that sub-genre, I couldn’t have been more proud of the execution of the scene and the fact that it was even done at all.
The score of a horror film has always been just as important to me as great writing or a flawless cast, and Tony McKee’s score was incredible. It was no overly dramatic and matched the theme and feel of the film perfectly. At approximately 6 minutes in, there is a nod to Halloween via music.
Volumes of Blood had every element a horror film should have and so much more. It is going to be extremely hard for anyone else to top this anthology. If you’re looking for a film that will make you jump, possibly make your stomach turn, that will get your date clinging to you like cheap fabric on a hot day and pays a wonderful tribute to all of the classics, Volumes of Blood is the film for you. I could not find a single element to complain about, which is a rare occurrence. I truly cannot recommend this film enough.
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