I think that if my high school was experiencing supernatural occurrences caused by a book of pure evil on a daily basis, I probably would have enjoyed going there more. Especially if there was a gang of kids like Todd, Curtis, Hanna and Jenny running around trying fix the problem. Over the past weekend I was introduced to the Canadian horror-comedy series, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, and immediately fell in love. The show is a perfect mixture of teen comedy and horror camp, enough to satiate the appetite of any horror fan.
The series, created in 2010, follows a group of four teens as they investigate strange happenings around their school in an effort to find a book of pure evil, which feeds off of the insecurities of the student body. The show was just recently brought to the US where it airs every Tuesday at 10pm on FEARnet.
In the pilot episode, audiences are introduced to Crowley High resident stoner, Todd, and his handicapped best friend, Curtis, as the two attempt and fail at making it into the battle of the bands. Not only are Todd’s dreams of becoming a famous rock star impossible, his undying love for Crowley’s princess of darkness, Jenny, is useless because she doesn’t even know he exists.
However, after Todd uses the book of pure evil and puts the school in danger, the two quickly become acquainted with one another and eventually end up working together on a mission to retrieve the book, which has a habit of flying away. Eventually, the intelligent and logical Hanna joins Todd, Curtis and Jenny and the gang works together to find answers about the mysterious evil book.
Each week the book lands in the hands of an impressionable and fragile student with desires that the book can make a reality. The only catch is that once the book is used, it has evil repercussions on the rest of the students at the school. Hilarity ensues as the group of friends are always seemingly oblivious to the obvious scenarios happening around them.
The show started off slow but eventually got into a good stride, providing laughs, gore, and at times, heartfelt moments. The group of friends are very likeable and make you wish that they were students at your school in which you could befriend. The standout of the series is the Satanist/guidance counselor, Atticus, who is always awkwardly lurking around in effort to find the book for his own sinister reasons.
Todd and the Book of Pure Evil definitely doesn’t take itself seriously, which is why it works so perfectly well. The scenarios that the book creates each week are completely engrossing to watch and it’s even more entertaining to see how the group is going to solve the problem. More often than not, the group doesn’t really actually help the situation much, rather the book user usually ends up dead. But in the land of Crowley high, that is to be expected.
The show is definitely a fun and light-hearted comedy horror series worth giving a watch. It’s a half-hour show so the episodes move fairly quickly, which makes it a little easier for you to get into. Plus, there’s always a “will they, or won’t they” question when it comes to Todd and Jenny, who’s relationship is addictive to watch. C’mon Jenny, just make-out with him already!
I highly recommend the show and suggest that you don’t go into it with serious expectations. It’s a fun series where you can forget about your problems and actually be a kid again back in high school.