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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 ...
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Attendant (wraparound)
Brian Yuzna ...
Cabbie (wraparound)
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Clara (part 1)
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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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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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H.P. Lovecraft's Necronomicon, Book of the Dead  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The fountain pen you see Lovecraft using to make his notes on the Necronomicon is a Sheaffer Calligraphy. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Lovecraft in the flesh
5 June 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Brian Yuzna's Necronomicon features a wraparound in which Jeffrey Combs portrays H.P. Lovecraft, circa 1932. Prosthetic makeup, in combination with Comb's naturally high voice, results in what is probably the best portrayal of H.P.L. we're likely to see. However, those familiar with Lovecraft's life will be amused (or perhaps annoyed) to see him depicted as an occult believer/action hero who gains access to a copy of the Necronomicon through subterfuge. A somewhat similar liberty was taken by novelists Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson in their 'Illuminatus' trilogy; and, of course, Robert Bloch based a character in 'Shambler From The Stars' on Lovecraft. (With H.P.L's permission, however.)

Necronomicon is a melange of Lovecraftian characters, stories, and themes. The Deep Ones, Cthulhu, the strange high house in the mist at Kingsport Head and, of course, the dreaded Necronomicon itself are all reasonably well treated. H.P.L.'s short story 'Cool Air' provided some inspiration for one of the film's segments.

Lovecraft's stories - notoriously short on dialog and female characters

  • do not easily lend themselves to direct cinematic adaptation.


Consequently, Brian Yuzna deserves credit for extracting many essential elements from the Mythos and presenting them in a way contemporary horror audiences can appreciate. Necronomicon may offer a bit too much gore for some tastes; but as far as I'm concerned, even loose adaptations of Lovecraft's work are better than none at all.


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