TheKillerSpotlight: Book of Monsters Review

"Book of monsters is a Fantastic Love Letter to old school 80’s horror that blends into a modern theme with a stellar cast, Fun kills and INCREDIBLE Creatures that are designed and made with incredible practical effects. I am preying they continue the story with not only a sequel but maybe a TV show too. 4.5/5 Arguably one of The Best Films of This years FrightFest" -

HouseOfMortalCinema: Book of Monsters Review

"There are monsters galore in director Stewart Sparke's follow up to THE CREATURE BELOW, which was a great little micro-budget British Lovecraftian horror picture of a couple of years ago. This one has more money, more production value, and a lot more monsters. It's also a lot lighter in tone with our central character's 18th birthday party being the scene for a monster rally that only she can sort out because her mum was some kind of monster slayer. Fun, bouncy and utterly charming, with all the monster stuff being real in camera effects, BOOK OF MONSTERS means Stewart Sparke and his team stay firmly on my radar to see what they all do next." -

Nerdly: Book of Monsters Review

"A film called Book of Monsters is obviously going to stand or fall on the quality of its malevolent menagerie and in that respect, Sparke scores very highly, with a number of original, creepy-looking creatures specially created for the film, using practical special effects. He also throws in some old favourites for good measure, with some sharp-teethed garden gnomes that come to life, allowing for a few knowing Gremlins references (gnome in a microwave and so on)..." -

**** 4/5

Dread Central Presents: We’re Opening a BOOK OF MONSTERS!

"Dread Central Presents is incredibly excited to announce that we’ve acquired worldwide rights to Stewart Sparke’s Book of Monsters! The film had its world premiere earlier today at Arrow Video FrightFest to a sold-out audience.

We’ll be revealing our release strategy over the coming months but right now now we’re just so thrilled to finally announce that we’re bringing you this gore-heavy, practical FX-driven, party extravaganza!

Director Stewart Sparke explains, “It’s an incredible honor to be with the Dread Central Presents team. It’s more than we ever could have hoped for and we can’t wait to bring Book of Monsters to audiences all over the world!” -

DreadCentral: Director Stewart Sparke on Reading a BOOK OF MONSTERS

"Having it’s world premiere at Arrow Video FrightFest 2018 is Stewart Sparke’s Book of Monsters, which I previously said is, “…exactly the kind of movie that should get audiences screaming and cheering!” The film follows a young girl who is celebrating her 18th birthday when demonic monsters are summoned and wreak havoc on everyone in reach...." -


From the same creative team – director Stewart Sparke and writer Paul Butler – who brought us The Creatures BelowBook of Monsters transforms its coming of age tropes into an icky Eighties-style gorefest, conjuring the spirit of Evil Dead II with its own comic diabolism, its practical effects, its Necronomicon-like book of the title, and its hidden toolshed (complete with chainsaw, eventually Sophie’s weapon of choice). The sexual politics, though, are far more up to date, as Sophie’s sapphic inclinations are never exploited for cheap tits-out prurience, and despite the presence of ally Gary (Daniel Thrace) as well as policemen (both fake and real), the female characters here remain very much on top, whether as heroines or villains. -

LiveForFilms: Arrow Video FrightFest 2018: Day 3 – Book of Monsters

"Book of Monsters is terrific fun and a total crowd pleaser. The non-CGI creatures look brilliant and the designs are fantastic, including a hideous wendigo, a saucy shapeshifter, and a trio of bloodthirsty gnomes – who were my favourite. A practical FX paradise that is also jammed full of Spaced-style humour and huge fountains of blood, I hope we get more in the form of a sequel or a TV show very soon and will definitely be keeping an eye out for whatever Sparke gets up to next." -

**** 4/5

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Premiere Scene: Book of Monsters Frightfest 2018 Interviews

After a successful Kickstarter campaign which monsters did you choose for the six kickass women to fight off at an 18th birthday party! At Arrow Video FrightFest Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview director Stewart Sparke and actors Lyndsey Craine, Michaela Longden, Lizzie Stanton, Nicholas Vince, Arron Dennis, Anna Dawson, Rose Muirhead, Johnny Vivash, Daniel Thrace.

Kim Newman: FrightFest review – Book of Monsters

The British team of director Stewart Sparke and writer Paul Butler made The Creature Below, a low-key Lovecraftian mood piece, but lighten up here with another all-purpose ‘80s homage.  The stated aim is to homage the likes of The Thing and Gremlins, but of course the more meagre resources available to this crew and the mere fact that it’s a homage rather than an original mean that the results are more likely to be compared with The Deadly Spawn and Ghoulies – which is no bad thing, especially since this has a proudly British, Northern feel to it that contrasts with Yanxploitation efforts.