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Chemical Wedding (2008)

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

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Professor Haddo / Aleister Crowley
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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
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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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£2,500,000 (estimated)
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Warners wanted to delete all the Bible references. Also Warner bosses were very unhappy with the performance of Simon Callow. See more »

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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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Hush Hush Here Comes the Bogie Man
Written by Douglas Brownsmith (as Brownsmith)/Tony Lowry (as Lowry)
Performed by Henry Hall
Vocals by Gilbert Russell (uncredited)
Arranged by Tony Lowry (uncredited)
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A Very British B Movie
17 September 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was torn when I watched this film - on the one hand, it's a very average film, mostly confusing and random, sometimes poorly acted (and sometimes not) and of a subject matter that I am very critical; on the other hand, if you view it as a (relatively) low-budget, British B-movie it's actually quite good. Not entertaining, mind you, it never actually manages to fight its way out of the swamp of "too many ideas, crammed into too little time with no coherence". But the production and direction of the film is commendable.

The basic plot of the film is that Aleister Crowley, "the wickedest man in Britain" (in the early part of the last century - I doubt he'd rank above "dirty old perv" these days) manages to get reincarnated into the body of a Cambridge professor (played by Simon Callow - by far the best part of the film) and starts a 4-day (? - the query is because a lot happens, but little relevant, over the 4 days) campaign to become wholly physical again.

Basically, stuff happens; lots of it random, and I'm sure was more meaningful to the writers than it was to me as a viewer (and that as an educated and informed viewer). Unfortunately, as good as it looks at times, and as many good ideas are just screaming to to be exploited, it just ends up being a B-movie. I'd still watch it though, just the once.

I realise that this constitutes a critique rather than a review, but it's difficult to sum up what happens in the film other than what I've just said - it's a bit random, and if you're into thelemic mysticism you'll probably enjoy it, but unfortunately I view the whole subject as occultism for people who are too scared to throw off the shackles of catholic Judaism, and compensate for their reticence to abandon Christianity for something more pure with an unhealthy interest in the Christian devil. But you're talking about a film about an early 20th century English occultist raised in a strict Christian family, so what can you expect? Anyway, if you're in the mood for a British B-movie (well made, but not exactly stimulating) - this is the movie for you (or watch Razorblade Smile or Dead Mans Shoes instead).


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