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Necronomicon: Book of Dead (1993)

Necronomicon (original title)
R | | Horror | 29 July 1994 (UK)
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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Tony Azito ...
Librarian (wraparound)
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Attendant (wraparound)
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Cabbie (wraparound)
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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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To Hell and back. See more »

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

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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In part 2, the setting was around 1970 or early 1971. As the taxi pulls up, yellow dashed road lines are seen on the road. MUTCD introduced these in the summer of 1971, and were rolled out between 1972 and 1974. On the said road, the modern markings would not have appeared for 2-3 years, so therefore should have been white. 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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Competent B-horror, mainly for genre fans
9 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I see others lambasting this movie, but can't agree - so I need to weigh in on the side of reason.

While this is certainly not a must-see timeless classic, it's a competently-executed B movie with reasonably good special effects and a few faces who have been seen in bigger and better things. The style of the movie is similar to "Creepshow"; i.e. several small, unconnected stories told with a wraparound that sort of takes the place of a narrator. Imagine three episodes of "Tales from the Crypt" spliced together and you've got a good idea of the way the film is structured.

All of the film versions of Lovecraft's works - and yes, I HAVE seen all of them in existence, as far as I know - were B movies, and the quality of this particular one is towards the upper middle of the pile. Yes, there are rubber monsters. However, they are quite well done for the era and budget that spawned this movie.

If you want to see an example of a Lovecraft film adaptation I think is at the top of the quality scale, see Dagon. But don't shun this movie either; if you're a Lovecraft fan, this oeuvre is not to be despised.


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