Volumes of Blood – Review
By Lynn Sorel
Rating: 8 out of 10
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.
Our Thoughts: ‘Volumes of Blood’ is a creative new horror anthology centered around urban legends. Despite its low budget, it succeeds in a far more original story than many big budget horror films out today.
The anthology is comprised of the stories a group of students tell in an effort to create a new urban legend to spread around campus. Each is original and more horrifying than the next. With a tiny budget, the execution isn’t super slick, however it has a lot of heart and it’s clear that the film makers are hardcore horror fans. The film gives off throwback vibes, while telling contemporary stories that all take place in a library. Humor paired with unexpected twists result in an enjoyable anthology collection.
While the acting isn’t the greatest I have seen, Paige Ward, who plays the traumatized Sidney, and Kristine Renee Farley who plays the mourning Paige, give the most believable performances of the film. However, Kevin Roach stands out with his incredibly creepy, over the top portrayal of angry ex boyfriend Derek. The storytelling and originality of the film make up for any short comings the film may have. It even includes a good amount of variety in it’s tales, ranging from supernatural, to psychological, satanic and gory horror. Despite being such a tiny film, ‘Volumes of Blood’ is definitely one of the best anthology horror films I have seen and I highly recommend it to horror fans of all kinds. However I am certain that indie horror fans will enjoy it the most.