He might not have been adapted to the screen as frequently as Stephen King, but for many horror fans, author Clive Barker is every bit as acclaimed and influential. Classic horror movies such as Hellraiser, Candyman, and Nightbreed were either directed by Barker or adapted from his stories, and they are set to be joined by the upcoming Hulu movie Books of Blood.
Books of Blood is adapted from Barker’s classic ’80s six-volume anthology of the same title. It’s an anthology movie that features three stores based on Barker’s work and premieres on Hulu on October 7. The film is co-produced by Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane, and is directed Brannon Braga, who also helmed several episodes of McFarlane’s sci-fi show The Orville. Hulu has also released the first poster, which you can check out below:
The cast for Books of Blood includes Anna Friel (The Girlfriend Experience), Britt Robertson (Under the Dome), Yul Vazquez (Russian Doll), and Freda Foh Shen (Ad Astra). Books of Blood was first announced in November last year. According to The Hollywood Reporter at the time, the stories will revolve around a psychologist who meets a man who claims he can speak to her dead child, a woman who cannot stand any sound, and a hitman who is hunting for a mysterious book.
This isn’t the first time that Books of Blood has been adapted for the screen. The movies Candyman, Midnight Meat Train, and Rawhead Rex were all based on stories from the collection, while an adaptation of the wraparound story, titled Book of Blood, was released in 2009. In addition, a new adaptation of Candyman is set to hit theaters in October.
McFarlane isn’t the only actor and writer best known for comedy to get involved with horror over the past couple of years. Danny McBride co-wrote 2018’s hugely successful Halloween reboot and has also written next year’s sequel Halloween Kills. In addition, Chris Rock developed the story and will star in the next Saw movie, Spiral: From the Book of Saw, which hits theaters next May.
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