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‘Volumes of Blood’: The Best Horror Anthology Since Trick-r-Treat

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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!

Synopsis:

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.

Grab from the opening scene of Linda
Grab from the opening scene of Linda

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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Be sure to like the Volumes of Blood Facebook page for more behind the scenes pictures, festival/convention announcements and other news.

 
 

Kickstarter Campaign: Sleep Again: The Making of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” by Red Rover Books LLC

Cover art by Nathan Thomas Milliner
Cover art by Nathan Thomas Milliner

For most horror fans seeing a film just isn’t enough, we want more and we want to know about the behind the scenes action that made that film possible. With the 30th anniversary of Wes Craven’s 1984 horror classic “A Nightmare on Elm Street” approaching, author Thommy Hutson and Red Rover Books LLC have joined forces and put together a kickstarter campaign for Never Sleep Again: The Making of “A Nightmare on Elm Street“.

Never Sleep Again: The Making of “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, if funding is met, will be a hard cover 200 page, over size coffee table book. The book will include pictures in both color and black and white. Also included will be introductions and epilogues by Wes Craven and Heather Langenkamp. What makes this project even more unique and worth contributing to is the fact that a real horror fan and mega talented artist, Nathan Thomas Milliner, was asked to contribute the cover art for the book. It is great to see a book for the fans with contributions from real horror fans. The book will also include exclusive behind the scenes photos from the set.

There are only 19 days left to help fund this great project. Just like any other kickstarter campaign, there are different perks for each level of donation. A donation of $50 or more will get you a copy of this horror fan’s dream plus a lot

Still of Robert Englund becoming Freddy Krueger
Still of Robert Englund becoming Freddy Krueger

more that any horror fanatic would be proud to own. You do not have to donate that much however, you can donate as little as $1 to help the cause. Every little bit counts. The goal is $65,000 or 1,300 copies of the book.

For more information on Never Sleep Again: The Making of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and how you can help pull this book from dreamland, CLICK HERE, or follow the link in the first paragraph.