MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 3,704 this week

Chemical Wedding (2008)

 |  Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi  |  March 2009 (USA)
4.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.9/10 from 1,252 users  
Reviews: 24 user | 40 critic

A shy, stuttering professor brings Aleister Crowley back to life.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 47 titles
created 02 Jun 2011
 
a list of 6187 titles
created 07 Nov 2011
 
a list of 419 titles
created 05 Jan 2012
 
a list of 44 titles
created 26 Jan 2013
 
a list of 739 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Chemical Wedding" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Chemical Wedding (2008)

Chemical Wedding (2008) on IMDb 4.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Chemical Wedding.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

When the ghost of the composer Richard Wagner visits the raving Friedrich Nietzsche within the walls of the Turin lunatic asylum the details of their dreadful conflict are revealed.

Director: Julian Doyle
Stars: Jud Charlton, Richard Franklin, Annie Walker
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A fairytale thriller film set one night in a 130's London theatre where all is not what it seems.

Director: Susan Luciani
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Lindsay Duncan, Jim Carter
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Since the onset of the human race there have been those who instinctively understood the nature of reality and sought to impose their will upon it by co-operating with and honoring the ... See full summary »

Director: Dom Lenoir
Stars: Henry Amphlett, Elle Black, Claire Bowen
Pulp (2013)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Thunder Racers, Infinite Finity, Rat Warriors. Junk Comics' titles have been referred to as 'the worst printed material since Mein Kampf'. Tony Leary, the nice-guy owner of Junk Comics, is ... See full summary »

Directors: Adam Hamdy, Shaun Magher
Stars: Jay Sutherland, Simon Burbage, Gavin Molloy
Love Potion (1987)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Delaware, a drug addict, joins a drugs rehabilitation program in a special clinic where the doctors' methods seem to be too unorthodox.

Director: Julian Doyle
Stars: Nancy Paul, John Rowe, Robert Ashby
A Christmas Mystery (TV Movie 2014)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

When a reporter discovers that her late mother had been receiving Christmas cards from a secret admirer, she decides to track him down. In the process, she'll discover a family secret more dangerous than she could have ever imagined.

Director: Peter Sullivan
Stars: Esmé Bianco, Ryan Bittle, John Ratzenberger
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A chronological account of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden's 2008 world tour through India, Australia, Japan, USA, Canada, Mexico and South America in a jet piloted by the band's front man, Bruce Dickinson. Features interviews with the musicians, their road crew and fans.

Directors: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen
Stars: Iron Maiden, Vinny Appice, Pat Cash
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Based on actual facts and events, explores the Thelemic Commune in Cefalu, Sicily from 1920-1923.

Directors: J. Grimm, Vincent Jennings
Stars: Mike Ketcher, Lynn Mastio Rice, Blandine Fromont
Dolls (2006)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Inspired by a story that appeared in a 1950's newspaper, this short film plays out a year in the life of a young girl, Mouche. Deemed too skinny to make a living at the Moulin Rouge, Mouche... See full summary »

Director: Susan Luciani
Stars: Esmé Bianco, Charles Dance, Denis Lawson
Director: Brian A. Metcalf
Stars: Esmé Bianco, William Sadler, Andrew Keegan
Eric & Ernie (TV Movie 2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A telling of the fledging careers and early days of the comedy duo that was Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, from their dance-hall performances of northern England to cult status.

Director: Jonny Campbell
Stars: Reece Shearsmith, Josh Benson, Thomas Atkinson
Gay of Thrones (TV Series 2013)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Stars: Jonathan van Ness, Jeffery Self, Erin Gibson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Professor Haddo / Aleister Crowley
Kal Weber ...
Joshua Mathers
...
Lia Robinson
Jud Charlton ...
Victor Nuberg
Paul McDowell ...
Symonds
...
Crowley
...
Professor Brent
Richard Franklin ...
Dean
Mike Shannon ...
Alex
...
Rose
Geoff Breton ...
Young Symonds
Sean Rea ...
Young Alex
...
Jones
Robert Ashby ...
Chaplain Marshall
...
Mavis
Edit

Storyline

In 1947, noted Neo-Pagan Aleister Crowley dies. In Cambridge, 43 years later, with the help of a computer, Crowley's spirit takes over the body of Haddo, a mild-mannered, stuttering don. Over four days, as Crowley prepares for an occult extravaganza, bodies pile up, Crowley's elect engage in rites of passage, and Lia, a red-headed campus reporter, sniffs out a story that puts her in grave danger. Mathers, a scientist recently arrived from Cal Tech, may hold the key to her destiny. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

March 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crowley  »

Box Office

Budget:

£2,500,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The actor who plays Ashby is called Jared Ashe, who comes from a town in Leicestershire called Ashby. See more »

Goofs

In the newspaper article about the "massage parlour atrocity", there are a few typos and editing errors such as "She was know [sic] to be into the occult...", "there are suspicion [sic] that this is [sic] terrible event is in someway [sic] linked..." and the like, and the third-last sentence ends abruptly: "The tutor has a shaven head and according to girls who work at the parlour he carries a cane which he violently." See more »

Quotes

Haddo: Why do you not take my laws seriously?
Victor Nuberg: YOUR laws?
Haddo: "Do what thou wilt. Love is the law, love under will."
Victor Nuberg: Who is it you think you are?
Haddo: Victor, who is it you think I am?
Victor Nuberg: You are Oliver Haddo. H-A-D-D-O, Haddo.
Haddo: Oh, Victor, would you deny me thrice before the cock grows?
See more »

Crazy Credits

On the seventh day the king gave me a golden medal, bearing on one side the words ART IS THE PRIESTESS OF NATURE and on the other NATURE IS THE DAUGHTER OF TIME.
  • the Chymical Wedding (1616)


See more »

Soundtracks

Wickerman
Written by Bruce Dickinson (as Dickinson)/Adrian Smith (as Smith)
Performed by Iron Maiden
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Very Enjoyable Story Setting Crowley in Modern Times
9 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Aleister Crowley, one of the greatest of the magicians, is dead. But what if someone were to synthesize his essence in a computer program, and import it into the human mind... could Crowley be reborn, or at least simulated? England is about to find out, thanks to a program called Z93. As one might expect from Crowley (and Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson), chaos ensues.

My background on this film was mixed. I had heard largely unkind things said about it, including suggestions that it wasn't even worth viewing. As for the subject matter, my knowledge is relatively minimal. I've never been an Iron Maiden fan, and although I have read Crowley's "Diary of a Drug Fiend", that is more or less the extent of my awareness of him. I do, however, know a bit about Eliphas Levi, who is referenced in the film.

Despite the rash of bad reviews this film received, I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it beginning to end. I found the idea very clever and original, Simon Callow's portrayal of Crowley to be flawless (especially playing two diverse characters), and the film's pushing of the limits to be a welcome surprise. I've seen the limits of violence pushed, but rarely in horror do we see sexual magick pursued with such graphic imagery. One scene involving a fax machine is particularly interesting. The images in general are vivid and alluring. Director Julian Doyle knows how to get his vision on film and does it here.

Besides Callow, the other performances are also top notch. The professors and the female lead are superb. The lead in particular was both sexy and graceful and had all the skills of a seasoned actress. I am not familiar with her work, but if we see her more often, this wouldn't be a surprise at all and may be a pleasant addition to the list of recurring actresses working in cinema today.

I had two minor concerns. First, why is getting a photo of Crowley so hard? One of the subplots involves the school's newspaper looking for a photo and they either never find one or fail to for several scenes. The film takes place in 2000, so the Internet should be available, and even without it, any occult book should have one of the more common photos (such as with Crowley wearing the pyramid on his head). Also, maybe it's me (it's probably me), but I found Mathers and Victor to be confusing. Once Victor gets scarred, there's no problem, but before that I wasn't always clear which one was on screen. Am I alone on this?

I encourage you to see "Crowley" as soon as you can. I find more and more often the few enjoyable films I view are re-issues of classic or forgotten titles, usually foreign. "Crowley" departs from that, breaking the mold... it may just be the first good horror film of 2009 (excluding re-issues). And based on what I'm seeing on the horizon, it will likely not have much competition.


6 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
any place I could find this on DVD? Akimbo_Slice
Awesome... chromezz
Chemical Wedding Review ivor-21
Seen an early cut... vote_leatherface
Was this not released in the US? irgifted87
A bad comedy Thelemite
Discuss Chemical Wedding (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?