Monday, August 11, 2014

Devil's Bible (2008)

I have watched my share of crazy movies over the past few weeks, and decided that it was time to take a break from the different fictional worlds that I usually live in. Instead, I decided to venture into some documentaries for the week. First up for review is the 2008 entry, Devil’s Bible.

Plot/ At 165 pounds, and allegedly made from the skins of 160 donkeys, the Codex Gigas is the world's largest and most mysterious medieval manuscript. Filled with satanic images and demonic spells, according to legend, the cursed text sprang from a doomed monk's pact with the Devil. Now, Nat Geo follows a team of scientists as they embark on an unprecedented quest to unravel the secrets behind the book's darkened pages. Using ultra-violet fluorescence imaging, handwriting analysis, and a re-creation of the text, forensic document experts attempt to uncover the cryptic truth behind this ancient Devil's Bible.

Being a fan of the occult and the dark arts, when I saw this one on Netflix, I was sucked in. Of all of the artifacts that exist in the religious world, the Codex Gigas has to be one of the most interesting. While no one will ever know the truth behind the manuscript, this documentary does a great job at providing some clues while projecting some theories on who created it. It looked at religious history, some scientific theories, and the locations that house this amazing relic. Sure, this one is not perfect, as some of it is uneven and falls flat and some of the connections drawn by the filmmakers make little sense, but that is to be expected when dealing with an ancient and mysterious item. In the end, I did find this documentary entertaining and interesting, but it definitely is not for everyone. If you enjoy documentaries about a darker path, Hail Satan and check it out, if not, stay away.

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