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Writers:
Brent V. Friedman (screenplay) (parts 1-3 and wraparound)
Brent V. Friedman (story) (part 3 and wraparound)
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Release Date:
29 July 1994 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
From the master of terror comes a chilling tale of unspeakable evil.
Plot:
H.P. Lovecraft, the well-known horror writer, is looking in the late thirties after the book 'Necronomicon'... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(48 articles)
User Reviews:
Lovecraft in the flesh See more (59 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Directed by
Christophe Gans (segment "part #1: The Drawned")
Shûsuke Kaneko (segment "part #2: The Cold")
Brian Yuzna (segments "wraparound: The Library", "part #3: Whispers")
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Brent V. Friedman  screenplay (parts 1-3 and wraparound)
Brent V. Friedman  story (part 3 and wraparound)
Christophe Gans  screenplay (part 1)
Kazunori Itô  screenplay (part 2) (as Kazunori Ito)
H.P. Lovecraft  stories The Rats in the Walls, Cool Air and The Whisperer in Darkness
Brian Yuzna  story (part 3 and wraparound)

Produced by
Samuel Hadida .... producer
Takashige Ichise .... executive producer (as Taka Ichise)
Aki Komine .... co-producer
Gary Schmoeller .... line producer
Brian Yuzna .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Russ Brandt (part 1)
Gerry Lively (parts 2, 3 and wraparound)
 
Film Editing by
Christopher Roth 
Keith H. Sauter  (as Keith Sauter)
 
Production Design by
Anthony Tremblay 
 
Costume Design by
Ida Gearon 
 
Makeup Department
David P. Barton .... special effects makeup designer: end sequence
Lisa Buono .... makeup artist
Everett Burrell .... special makeup effects artist
Shauna Giesbrecht .... additional makeup artist
Sam Greenmun .... special makeup effects artist
Silvina Knight .... assistant makeup artist (as Silvi Labrador)
Christopher Allen Nelson .... special makeup effects artist
Scott Patton .... special makeup effects artist
Rodney Petreikis .... special makeup effects artist
Tom Savini .... makeup effects consultant
 
Production Management
Christian Clarke .... unit production manager: additional photography
Andy Horvitch .... post-production supervisor
Christopher Roth .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Hart-Wilden .... second second assistant director
Paul Hart-Wilden .... second unit director
Ed Licht .... first assistant director
Tom Milo .... first assistant director
Kevin Sullivan .... second assistant director: second unit (as Kevin M. Sullivan)
 
Art Department
Sam Greenmun .... prop designer
Claire Kaufman .... set dresser
Jason Nunes .... set dresser
Thierry Segur .... storyboard artist
Andre Sowards .... set dresser
Matsune Suzuki .... AC designer
Jeremy Wakefield .... scenic artist
Richard N. McGuire .... foreman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Lisa Houle .... foley artist
Jeffrey Perkins .... sound re-recording mixer
John Post .... foley artist
 
Special Effects by
Brent Baker .... mold maker: Bart Mixon's Monster Fixins
David P. Barton .... wail safe creature supervisor: Steve Johnson's XFX Inc.
Abbie J. Binstock .... lab technician: Steve Johnson's XFX Inc.
Brian Blair .... makeup effects technician: Todd Masters Company
John Carl Buechler .... spraying cthulu creature supervisor: Magical Media Industries Inc.
Everett Burrell .... supervisor: "darkman" and resurrected "clara", Optic Nerve Studios Inc.
Ray Wayne Douglas II .... additional necronomicon makeup effects assistant: Rex EFX and SPECTRAL EFFECTS STUDIOS
Bernhard Eichholz .... makeup effects technician: Todd Masters Company
Earl Ellis .... key technician: Bart Mixon's Monster Fixins
Horacio Fernandez .... moldmaker: Bart Mixon's Monster Fixins
Anthony C. Ferrante .... assistant makeup effects coordinator
Anthony C. Ferrante .... special effects
José Ramón Ferrer .... makeup effects technician: Todd Masters Company
John Foster .... spraying cthulu creature supervisor: Magical Media Industries Inc.
Misa Uo Gardner .... shop coordinator: Screaming Mad George Inc.
Screaming Mad George .... alien librarian creator: Screaming Mad George Inc.
Screaming Mad George .... alien librarian supervisor: Screaming Mad George Inc.
David Greathouse .... effects assistant: Optic Nerve Studios Inc.
Candace Green .... effects coordinator: Todd Masters Company
Sam Greenmun .... additional necronomicon makeup effects supervisor: Rex EFX and SPECTRAL EFFECTS STUDIOS
Ted Haines .... effects assistant: Optic Nerve Studios Inc.
Nori Honda .... lab technician: Steve Johnson's XFX Inc.
Russell Johnson .... effects assistant: Optic Nerve Studios Inc.
Steve Johnson .... wail safe creature creator: Steve Johnson's XFX Inc.
Karen Keener .... lab technician: Bart Mixon's Monster Fixins
Carol Koch .... lab technician: Bart Mixon's Monster Fixins
Denise Leibee .... makeup effects technician: Todd Masters Company
Gilbert Liberto .... makeup effects technician: Todd Masters Company
Göran Lundström .... lab technician: Bart Mixon's Monster Fixins
Mark Maitre .... effects supervisor: Todd Masters Company
Kevin Marks .... makeup effects technician: Todd Masters Company
Nick Marra .... lab technician: Screaming Mad George Inc.
Todd Masters .... makeup/mechanical and stop-motion effects designer: Todd Masters Company
J.C. Matalon .... moldmaker: Bart Mixon's Monster Fixins
Rodd Matsui .... effects makeup artist
Todd Minobe .... makeup effects technician: Todd Masters Company
Bart Mixon .... special effects
Bart Mixon .... supervisor: "cthulu" and "clara"/tentacle mutations and "dr. madden's" melt-down, Bart Mixon's Monster Fixins
Krista Narasaki .... additional necronomicon makeup effects assistant: Rex EFX and SPECTRAL EFFECTS STUDIOS
Christopher Allen Nelson .... wail safe creature supervisor: Steve Johnson's XFX Inc.
Yoshi Ozone .... lab technician: Screaming Mad George Inc.
Josh Patton .... makeup effects technician: Todd Masters Company
Scott Patton .... makeup effects technician: Todd Masters Company
Darren Perks .... lab technician: Bart Mixon's Monster Fixins
Michael Persion .... lab technician: Bart Mixon's Monster Fixins
Walter Phelan .... makeup effects technician: Todd Masters Company
Greg Polutonovich .... sculptor: Todd Masters Company
Thomas C. Rainone .... makeup effects coordinator
Thomas C. Rainone .... special effects supervisor
Dan Rebert .... effects assistant: Optic Nerve Studios Inc.
Todd Rex .... additional necronomicon makeup effects supervisor: Rex EFX and SPECTRAL EFFECTS STUDIOS
Charles Rivera .... key technician: Bart Mixon's Monster Fixins
Chris Robbins .... alien librarian supervisor: Screaming Mad George Inc.
Dwight Roberts .... mechanic: Bart Mixon's Monster Fixins
James Rohland .... key technician: Bart Mixon's Monster Fixins
Tom Savini .... associate creator: "darkman" and resurrected "clara", Optic Nerve Studios Inc.
Lee Scott .... additional makeup effects coordinator
Anthony Showe .... key technician: Bart Mixon's Monster Fixins
Brian Sipe .... lab technician: Steve Johnson's XFX Inc.
Dave Snyder .... makeup effects technician: Todd Masters Company
Scott Tebeau .... makeup effects technician: Todd Masters Company
John Vulich .... creator: "darkman" and resurrected "clara", Optic Nerve Studios Inc.
John Vulich .... lovecraft's makeup creator: Optic Nerve Studios Inc.
Brian Walsh .... lab technician: Steve Johnson's XFX Inc.
Robert E. Watson .... effects assistant: Optic Nerve Studios Inc.
Eddie Yang .... sculptor: Bart Mixon's Monster Fixins
 
Visual Effects by
Larry Arpin .... optical effects
Jeanna Crawford .... inking
Richard Cross .... miniature effects technician
Dave Gregory .... optical effects supervisor
Bret Mixon .... special effects animation
David B. Sharp .... model supervisor
 
Stunts
Tony Hugghins .... stunts
Michael R. Long .... utility stunts
Gary Paul .... stunt coordinator
Monty L. Simons .... stunts
T.J. White .... stunts
Stephana .... stunt double: Sarah (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Chuck Atkins .... grip
Ron Bahara .... first assistant camera: second camera
Sean Cohen .... lighting technician
Vidal Cohen .... grip
Duane Journey .... key grip
Michael Martino .... first assistant camera
Andrew Rawson .... best boy electric
 
Animation Department
Ernest D. Farino .... animation assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sister A. Daniels .... key costumer
 
Editorial Department
Douglas Crise .... first assistant editor
Amber Pfeiffer .... apprentice editor
 
Music Department
Larry Mah .... score mixer
 
Other crew
Alex Abraham .... production assistant
Dawn Todd Curfman .... production coordinator (as Dawn Todd)
Michael Donner .... production accountant
Sam Greenmun .... creature effects technician
Steve Johnson .... wail safe creature creator
Erik Smith .... production assistant
Jayne-Ann Tenggren .... script supervisor
Kimberly Weeks .... additional script supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Necronomicon" - France (original title)
"H.P. Lovecraft's Necronomicon, Book of the Dead" - USA (video title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for horror violence and gore, and for language
Runtime:
96 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The fountain pen you see Lovecraft using to make his notes on the Necronomicon is a Sheaffer Calligraphy.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Cannibal Holocaust (1980)See more »
Soundtrack:
Because The DawnSee more »

FAQ

Is there a longer version available than the R-Rated edition?
Is Necronomicon available on DVD?
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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Lovecraft in the flesh, 5 June 2004
Author: JVSanders from New York

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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