Book of Blood
was very . . . meh.
Like a lot of Barker's adaptations, it has some neat ideas and a handful of shocking and memorable visuals, but lacks solid characterization and the ending is both a little confusing and pretty unsatisfying.
A woman who has some psychic ability, Mary, goes to a house where strange events have happened. (Specifically, in a pretty gruesome moment, a young woman's skin is pulled off of her face by an unseen force). Mary and her assistant end up working with Simon, also a young psychic.
The film is kind of a mish-mash of Barker's usual themes. The film tries for eroticism, which largely falls flat. The sexual relationship between Mary and Simon never particularly convinced me, and the film seems almost afraid to push the more taboo or strange aspects of their relationship, like Mary's maternal mannerisms around Simon at times, or a scene where she's having a "sexy" dream about him and she wakes to find him in her doorway, telling her that she was crying.
This is one of those movies that feels like they had about 60 minutes of material and padded it out to more of a feature length. There are also some dodgy moments of CGI, particularly a scene where Simon is nude but they decided "no penis!!!" and so they just . . . threw this weird, nonsensical CGI shadow over his crotch. I also have to say that there's something kind of lame about a film that's willing to show a teenage girl being raped and flayed on screen, but decides to go all coy when it comes to male nudity.
Also, it took me a while to place the actor playing Simon, before figuring out that he's sexy modern Robin Hood
The film wasn't a total waste, but it's nothing you should rush out to see.