“Volumes of Blood” is a horror anthology that hit the festivals and conventions to rave reviews last year. Not bad from a group of friends in Kentucky, raising money as they went along. LeglessCorpse Films got the distribution rights and the film will be available on DVD/BluRay (and VHS if I read it right) on Amazon and LeglessCorpseFilms.com April 26th. The critically acclaimed movie from 2015, “Volumes of Blood” was a little hard for this reviewer to follow at first. It was difficult to see how these similar yet different shorts would all work together in the end. But once the movie got going, it went on a crazy bloody ride! In this anthology there are five directors and three writers. Some of the stories seem similarly directed so, it was not obvious who did what. But in the last segment, by Director/Writer P.J. Starks, (he also appears in it) the stories are tied together with some of the best gore I’ve seen in a while. Gratuitous yes, super high tech, no, but its fun sometimes just to have a movie be about the slashers! Some of the fan favorite horror franchises of all time, like Halloween, Friday the 13th and Scream, are just glorified gore fests and we loved those didn’t we?
The Synopsis: “Volumes of Blood” is five tales of dread interwoven when a sociology student gathers several of his friends on Halloween night at the local library to help him create a new urban legend. Each friend tells their own horror story, every tale ending with deadly consequences. Each story has its own ironic twist. Lily is in for a late night of researching and needs something to keep her going. She finds out the hard way that energy drinks aren’t the safest way to stay alert. An average night of work for a librarian becomes, not so average when he has to face an angry ghost, taking a classic ghost story and giving it a modern twist. Sidney is allowed to stay after hours to study for a test. It’s not until she suddenly awakens in the darkened library that she realizes the horrifying truth of what lurks among the stacks of books after midnight. She makes sure that the monster gets what he deserves, or does he? Paige faces regrets that she’d do anything to take back. When an ancient Satanic spell book literally falls into her lap, she decides to make a grave decision. Be careful what you wish for, it might just kill you. After all stories are told, the group agrees that it is impossible to create an urban legend quickly, but our sociology student has other more devious plans. I don’t like to overshare- so you need to get this movie and see it for yourself.
The parts that didn’t work for me were some of the more obvious things like lighting, pacing and camera work. In a few of the scenes the camera goes around in a circle in a dizzying way. Not really necessary and hard to watch. All the lighting, being in the library, was very much the same. Maybe there could have a been a few more shots outside around the library? I did like that some of it was black & white and the drugged scene had some nice lighting moments.There were a few actors that could have used some lessons, but for the most part the acting was really well done. The nervous tension that a great horror movie has was a bit lacking in parts too. I rarely felt that heart racing, holding my breath thing that happens when a scene is super suspenseful. All in all though, it was entertaining, scary and what a horror anthology should be. The Crypt Keeper would be proud.
Now in the fundraising stage is P.J. Starks newest mission; to make the best damn anthology of 2016. Starks is ready to make “Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories. Says Starks, “It started as a passion project for a bunch of horror fans that wanted to make a horror movie for horror fans. We achieved our goal. Now we’d like your help to make a sequel that has not only likable characters, great plot lines, but all the insane over-the-top practical gore FX that you can shake a bloody stump at. We won’t blow smoke. This film won’t change the world, but your contributions will change the landscape for how this film is made. Nearly 100 independent artists came together on the first film and created a horror film that made people laugh, cringe and hopefully one day vomit. Our track record has been set with the first film, all you have to do is Google “Volumes of Blood” and the search will speak for itself.”
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“Volumes of Blood”
That’s A Wrap! – Directed by Lee Vervoort (The Truck)
A Little Pick Me Up – Directed by John Kenneth Muir (The House Between)
Ghastly – Directed by P.J. Starks (Hallows Eve: Slaughter on Second Street)
Encyclopedia Satanica – Directed by Nathan Thomas Milliner (A Wish For The Dead)
13 After Midnight – Directed by Jakob Bilinski (Three Tears on Bloodstained Flesh)
The anthology was written by Todd Martin (Lucky & Nightmare Tales). P.J. Starks and Nathan Thomas Milliner (Scream Factory and HorrorHound Magazine artist). The film stars Jim O’Rear (Day of the Dead, Teen Wolf), Jason Crowe (Easter Casket, Back in the Day), Roni Jonah (Overtime, The Zombie Movie), Todd Reynolds (All Hallows Eve – The Movie Halloween, Bumsicle), Louisa Torres (Lucky), Kristine Renee Farley (Bloody Hooker Bang Bang: A Love Story, The Creepy Doll), Kevin Roach (Out of the Shadows, Bloody Hooker Bang Bang) and more.