Book of Monsters (2018) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Stewart Sparke
Starring: Anna Dawson, Lizzie Aaryn-Stanton, Lyndsey Craine
Rated: UR/Region O/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Epic Pictures
Sophie’s 18th birthday becomes a bloodbath when monsters descend upon her house, devouring the guests and killing anyone who tries to leave. To survive the night, Sophie must face her destiny: monsters are real and she’s the only one who can stop them.
Book of Monsters is one of those that kind of start off a bit slow as it sets up the characters, but once things get really going on this one, they REALLY get going. And when the blood starts to fly around in this one it becomes even something that the likes of early Peter Jackson can be proud of. We see monsters, shapeshifters, and a number of other things pouring out of the book and they all unleash onslaughts of gore and chaos on the characters we’re following. The movie also takes its time for some comedic moments as well and I feel blood and comedy is a very combination to have when dealing with movies like this. This one can feel very 80s at times and I will never not think that that’s a good thing when it comes to horror movies that also have a bit of splatter mixed into them. If you want a good time and some blood, you’ll be in the right place with this one.
Dread and Epic Pictures gives us another solid horror flick with Book of Monsters. If you’ve loved some of the other movies they’ve had to offer, I think this is another one you’ll see people talking about down the road, as it has what it needs to become a cult classic. Outside of the slow start, there really isn’t much on the negative side I can find to talk about when it comes to this movie. I think director Stewart Sparke might be a director worthy of keeping an eye out for heading from here on out. If what they showed us here is any indication of what they can do, they’ll be giving us more stuff to be bragging on down the line. Until then, you can get a heck of a good time out of Book of Monsters.
– Director & Writer Commentary with Stewart Sparke & Paul Butler
– Cast Commentary with Lyndsey Craine, Michaela Longden, Daniel Thrace & Arron Dennis
– Opening The Book of Monsters: The Making of the Film
– Deleted & Alternate Scenes
– Short Films
– Frightfest Interviews
Quality of Transfer: 96%