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Chemical Wedding (2008)

 -  Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi  -  30 May 2008 (UK)
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A shy, stuttering professor brings Aleister Crowley back to life.

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Cast

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

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When the girl with the (acoustic) violin draws her bow across the strings, the sound that comes out is more like that of an electric violin, or an acoustic violin fitted with a pickup, processed through an effects pedal. There is no evidence of a patch cord plugged into the violin, let alone a pickup attached to it - and in any event, the girl's hand movements over the fingerboard do not match the notes that we hear. See more »

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Victor Nuberg: E equals M c-squared.
Lia Robinson: What's that supposed to mean?
Victor Nuberg: Reverse it... what do you get?
Lia Robinson: Mass times the speed of light squared equals energy.
Victor Nuberg: Creation of matter from thin air.
Lia Robinson: You don't believe that...
Victor Nuberg: Einstein did.
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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.
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By George Formby
Performed by George Formby
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A wedding unlikely to have a great reception.
14 November 2013 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Given what a filthy, perverted, deviant 'beast' Aleister Crowley was, it's not surprising to find that this film, in which the influential 1920s occultist is a central figure, is packed full of all kinds of depravity. It is this wanton debauchery that will undoubtedly draw in the punters, along with the involvement of legendary heavy metal singer Bruce Dickinson—but be warned... without an in-depth knowledge of sexual magick and the philosophy of Thelema (Crowley's religion), the majority of this film will probably make no sense whatsoever (although I also suspect that even devout Crowley acolytes will be non-plussed by most of what they see).

My limited knowledge of the subject matter certainly meant that I didn't have a clue what was going on for much of the time, and I found the stuff about the super computer and the virtual reality cyber-suit even more inexplicable; this inaccessibility led to utter confusion which ultimately led to utter boredom, despite such lurid weirdness as Simon Callow sending a very unusual message via fax, a whore nailed to a door (hey, that rhymes!), Callow peeing over his students during an unconventional lecture about Shakespeare's Hamlet, and a pan-sexual satanic orgy featuring people doing all manner of unspeakably naughty things.


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