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Necronomicon: Book of Dead (1993)
"Necronomicon" (original title)

 -  Horror  -  29 July 1994 (UK)
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H.P. Lovecraft, the well-known horror writer, is looking in the late thirties after the book 'Necronomicon'. He finds it guarded by monks in an old library. He then copies some stories from... See full summary »

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Attendant (wraparound)
Brian Yuzna ...
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Maria Ford ...
Clara (part 1)
Peter Jasienski ...
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William Jess Russell ...
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Lena (part 2)
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H.P. Lovecraft, the well-known horror writer, is looking in the late thirties after the book 'Necronomicon'. He finds it guarded by monks in an old library. He then copies some stories from it, which unfold for our eyes- and his... Written by E. de Vos <vos@dutiws.twi.tudelft.nl>

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From the master of terror comes a chilling tale of unspeakable evil.

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Rated R for horror violence and gore, and for language | See all certifications »

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29 July 1994 (UK)  »

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Brian Yuzna:  cabbie waiting for Lovecraft See more »

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During the first story "the drowned" Edward De LaPoer is tearing the old library books off the shelves, looking for the necronomicon. The books are covered in dust and cobwebs and have clearly not been disturbed for a long time. But their pages are strangely new and and not in the slightest bit yellowed as one would expect for a collection of very old hardbacks. See more »

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Mr. Benedict: There is one thing I have always maintained. If a man's shoe is dirty, you got to wonder about his sole.
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Because The Dawn
Written by Daniel Licht and Amy Goldstein
Courtesy of Parallel Fifth Music. BMI
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Mediocre and misses the mark
24 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

Lovecraft's stories don't translate well to film. Much of their effect comes from the personal horror the characters feel at what they're seeing, and it would take a true filmmaking genius to bring something like that across; if such a person has existed they have not taken aim at Lovecraft's works. The other problem is that it's hard to stretch his short stories out into movie length. Those who try, usually introduce elements that distract from the true flavor and atmosphere of the stories. "Necronomicon" falls into that trap, despite preserving the short stories as separate segments. The first story, which combines elements of "The Strange High House in the Mist" and "The Shadow over Innsmouth", among others, is the most successful at preserving the evil and terrifying atmosphere of Lovecraft's works. The second is a direct adaptation of "Cool Air", a story whose one cool concept doesn't adapt well to a segment of this length. The third segment (actually based on "The Nameless City" and not "The Whisperer in Darkness" as some here have said) winds up being a hamhanded gorefest with no finesse and only a casual relationship to Lovecraft's work. It's not as though gore wasn't an element in Lovecraft's stories, with characters being "torn to ribbons" and all; but it always takes the form of horrifying and unspeakable things that happen and is never present for cheap thrills' sake as it is here. If you're a fan of Lovecraft's stories, you'll probably want to see it. You might not like it very much, but you'll want to see it anyway. If you really like cheesy horror films, it'll entertain you. But if you want a good horror film or a good adaptation of H.P.Lovecraft's works, keep moving.


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