Todd and The Book of Pure Evil

Synopsis: Four high school students in a small town founded by satanists, battle a book of pure evil that grants wishes with unexpected results to anyone who reads it’s spells.

First of all, let me get you caught up. Todd and The Book of Pure Evil was a small Canadian TV show that was based on a short film of the same name. It was originally released in 2010, and ran through 2012. The show found an American audience in 2012, when it was available on Comcast on Demand. Todd lasted 2 hilarious seasons until it was ultimately canceled, despite a season 2 cliff hanger. An on line petition, along with furious, fan funded outrage allowed for a final, full length, animated feature called, “The End of the End”, to be released in 2017.

Ok, so there is the gist of the show’s history. Now let me tell you why you should seek out these season’s on dvd, and experience the metal, horror, and comedy joy that is Todd and The Book of Pure Evil.

The story centers around 4 high school outcasts. Todd, Curtis, Hannah, and Jenny all find each other while noticing weird happenings around the school as the result of a satanic book. The book exists to feed off of angst ridden, and unfortunate souls. What better place to find angst, than in high school am I right? The book offers a spell to whoever possesses it, in order to fulfill their deepest desires. The only problem is that the book is somewhat of a trickster, and every wish it grants turns into death and blood shed. The only person to survive the book’s wrath, will be deemed the “Pure Evil One”.

Along the way, the 4 fighters of evil are aided by their wise, and oft pot smoking janitor named Jimmy, played by Jason Mewes, (Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back). The foursome also run into trouble from the schools guidance counselor named Atticus, played by Chris Leavins. Atticus seems to perpetrate much of the evil as well, and has a serious hard on for Todd, both metaphorically, and literally. Each episode centers around a different student who comes into contact with the book. So basically a new monster to fight everyday for our heroes.

As the episodes move along we are introduced to many plot building characters such as “The Metal Dudes”, shown above. We also meet Jimmy’s old girlfriend, and Atticus’s father. All of these character’s play a part in unraveling the mystery of Todd’s destiny as the book runs amok.

I could go on and on about the plot, but that would take forever. Todd and The Book of Pure Evil is one of the funniest TV shows I’ve ever seen. It’s basically a combination of Buffy, Jay and Silent Bob, and the Evil Dead. Todd fans, who call themselves “Toddies”, even have their own lingo. Show quotes such as “Shit Rooster”, and “Holy Jupiter Shit”, maybe foreign to most, but Toddies know exactly where you’re coming from, should you drop a quote on them.

The show’s soundtrack is also phenomenal. It ranges from all sorts of new school, and old school metal. There is also a Buffy like musical episode in season 2, where each character features their own original song. That episode is my personal favorite. The season two cliff hanger was monumentally disappointing because of the show’s eventual cancellation. The fan outrage was enough to get a full length, animated movie, that was actually pretty entertaining in its own way, but nothing like the first two live action seasons.

Look, if you like Horror, Metal, Pot Smoking, and Comedy, you’re gonna love this show. A final shoutout to Alex House, Maggie Castle, Melanie Leishman, and Bill Turnbull as Todd, Jenny, Hannah, and Curtis respectively. They are a dynamite cast, that drive about 25 or so episodes of dynamite writing, and horror comedy. Season’s 1 and 2, along with the animated finale are available on Dvd. The animated finale, “The End of the End”, can also be viewed on youtube for free.

Become a Toddie today. You will thank me later.


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About me in Horror: My love for horror can be attributed to one man, my Father. I was maybe 5 years old when he showed me some of his favorites such as Halloween, The Thing (Carpenter), Night of the Living Dead, and Jaws. While some parents would shelter their kids from such violent films, my father saw no problem in taking the family out to the Hillside Theatre in Hillside, Illinois for a horror movie. We saw films such as Hellraiser, Aliens, and Pet Semetery when I was but a wee, little lad. I love my father for doing this, and to this day these films and many more stay with me as some of my favorites. My favorite sub genre of horror would be the zombie genre. There’s something about the way zombie films reflect society as a dwindling, mindless horde of sheep that I believe appealed to me on a subconscious level as a kid. This look at society hits me at a more conscious level as an adult. Romero, is of course, the god of these films. However, I will watch pretty much any piece of crap Hollywood churns out simply because I cannot refuse an old fashioned zombie story. I would hate to rank all the other sub genre’s because I enjoy them all. Slasher’s, creature feature’s, creepy, killer doll movie’s, whatever. It’s all good to me as long as it’s well done, and sometimes not so well done. I’m not nearly as well versed as other Syndicate writers with horror before 1970. The 70’s, 80’s and 90’s are my favorite decades for horror, but I have seen and loved classics like The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Wolfman, King Kong, and Pyscho. Recently, thanks to The Horror Syndicate, and a good friend of mine, I’ve also been getting more familiar with the Italian horror films that so many seem to love, and that I missed out on as a kid. About me personally: Im the youngest of two boys, born in Mel Rose Park, Illinois, an originally Italian populated suburb West of Chicago. My father, full blooded Polish, and my Mother, full blooded Italian, gave me a wicked temper, and a love for sausage. I grew up playing tons of sports. Baseball is however my favorite. I started playing guitar at age 12. I had my first metal band at age 17, and to this day I still write and record music for fun in my little home studio aka my living room. I’ve never been married, nor have I ever had children, but I’ve been close twice. I graduated from the Joliet Junior College Culinary School in 2011, and have been working as a chef or cook at various levels, and positions in the food industry ever since. In closing, I’ve seen the Exorcist about 167 times, and it keeps getting better every single time I see it!! Not to mention that you’re talking to a dead guy!! My top 10 Favorite Horror in order (subject to change) Jaws Aliens The Texas Chainsaw Massacre The Exorcist Halloween Alien Night of the Living Dead A Nightmare on Elm Street The Thing (Carpenter) The Lost Boys