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Chemical Wedding (2008)

 |  Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi  |  March 2009 (USA)
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A shy, stuttering professor brings Aleister Crowley back to life.


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


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 <>

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£2,500,000 (estimated)

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


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 »


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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Written by Bruce Dickinson (as Dickinson)/ Steve Harris (as Harris)/ Adrian Smith (as Smith)
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Interesting but not quite there
28 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The premise was interesting though a bit convoluted.

The acting and directing were acceptable.

The one thing that ruined this film for me was the sound editing. Perhaps it was the copy I watched.

Perhaps it is really the way it was edited.

Dialog so low you cannot hear followed by a crappy musical score that blared every time it came in. If you are a fan of the music guy, and I am not, it may work for you. To me, the balance between music and dialog was totally amateur at best and ruined what could have been a very interesting movie.

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