There are shows that make you laugh out loud, yet simultaneously question your morals because of the perverse content inducing this laughter. Todd and the Book of Pure Evil is one of these shows.
Originally airing in Canada and now rebroadcast by FEARnet in the U.S., Todd and the Book of Pure Evil depicts the plight of Â high school with a delightful Satanic twist. The main character, Todd (Alex House), a slacker metalhead with an affinity for ganja, wants nothing more than to be with Jenny (Maggie Castle), the girl of his dreams. Todd has a metal band with his amputee best friend Curtis (Billy Turnbull) called Barbarian Apocalypse. This show has a formula that has been used in many high school dramas, but what makes it refreshing here is that it has been wonderfully mixed with camp, cheese, death metal, and Satanic conspiracies!
Todd is in love with Jenny, whose boyfriend is a jerk and a jock, all the while the shy and homely Hannah (Melanie Leishman) is hopelessly in love with Todd. Yes, it’s been done before, but this time it’s special and I mean that in every sense of the word. In the hopes getting Jenny, Todd turns to the fabled Book of Pure Evil. The Book is able to grant your deepest and darkest desires, but at a price! In the first episode Todd pursues the book in the hopes of getting into Jenny’s pants. In the process, he turns into a total douche bag, makes Jenny’s jock boyfriend bleed out of his ass during a guitar battle, and almost kills the entire school with a hardcore metal concert. Each time, poor Jimmy the Janitor (Jason Mewes) has to clean up the mess of blood and carnage.
The show is crude, offensive, campy, ridiculous, and absolutely brilliant. If Strangers With Candy got knocked up by The Evil Dead, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil would be their bastard child.
Todd and the Book of Pure Evil was created by Craig David Wallace, Charles Picco, and Anthony Leo. Out of all the great things about this show, I have to give special recognition to Chris Leavins, who plays the insensitive high school guidance counselor Atticus, a man with his own devious plans for the Book of Pure Evil. Leavins steals every single scene he’s in with his wry delivery, ridiculous demeanor, and cardigan sweaters. Atticus is, without a doubt, the worst guidance counselor in the history of mankind. Despite this, you’ll wish he had been your guidance counselor when you were in high school.
Bottom Line: Watch it, for the love of God (or Satan) watch Todd and the Book of Pure Evil. I’m throwing my horns up for this show.
Check out this exclusive clip, featuring Hannah, a lady geek after our own hearts:
Todd and the Book of Pure Evil aires on FEARnet on Tuesdays 10 pm EST.