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Chemical Wedding -- More than 60 years after his death, the demonic life and works of British occultist Aleister Crowley has continued to capture the darkest imaginations. In this thriller, a virtual reality experiment gone wrong sends the soul of the infamous madman into the body of a shy university professor.


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March 2009 (USA) See more »
A shy, stuttering professor brings Aleister Crowley back to life. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Very Enjoyable Story Setting Crowley in Modern Times See more (24 total) »


  (in credits order)

Simon Callow ... Professor Haddo / Aleister Crowley
Kal Weber ... Joshua Mathers

Lucy Cudden ... Lia Robinson
Jud Charlton ... Victor Nuberg
Paul McDowell ... Symonds

John Shrapnel ... Crowley

Terence Bayler ... Professor Brent
Richard Franklin ... Dean
Mike Shannon ... Alex

Helen Millar ... Rose
Geoff Breton ... Young Symonds
Sean Rea ... Young Alex

Thomas Nelstrop ... Jones
Robert Ashby ... Chaplain Marshall

Esmé Bianco ... Mavis
Gemma Hiles ... Ruby
Annie Walker ... Rene
Lizzie Millne ... Secretary

Christina Chong ... Mei-Ling
Lily Dumont ... Joyce

Andrea Sadler ... Stella
Mark Wainwright ... Inspector
Brandon Kirk ... Ceremonial Guard
Nicola Rockhill ... Kate the Violin Girl
Jean Leppard ... Doctor
Kare Silversten ... Drunk

Bruce Dickinson ... Landlord / Blind Man

Mat Fraser ... Anton Le Fay
Ollie Marsden ... Postboy (as Ollie Smith)
Antonia Beamish ... Glastonbury Woman
Alex Leppard ... Official
Bill Jones ... Toilet Queen / Man with Bag on Head
Jared Ashe ... Ashby
Rhik Samadder ... Student Rick

Danny Szam ... Student Ben
Carly Davis ... Student Brenda
Robin Goodchild ... Student Phil
Joni Levinson ... Hotbuns Berkhoff (as Joni Levison)

Dean Butler ... Ceremony Man
Peter White ... Station Guard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jonathan Ashby-Rock ... Lecture Student
Austin Dickinson ... Lecture Student
Perrine Moran ... Lecturer
John Sphrapnel
Leigh Stevenson ... Mason

Directed by
Julian Doyle 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bruce Dickinson  writer
Bruce Dickinson 
Julian Doyle  writer
Julian Doyle 

Produced by
Paul Astrom Andrews .... executive producer
Raimund Berens .... co-producer
Peter Bevan .... executive producer
Andrew Chapman .... line producer
Peter Dale .... executive producer
Bill Jones .... co-producer
Malcolm Kohll .... producer
Justin Peyton .... producer
David Pupkewitz .... executive producer
Karl Richards .... executive producer
Rod Smallwood .... executive producer
Ben Timlett .... producer
Patrick Vien .... executive producer
Caroline Whittle .... associate producer
Original Music by
Bruce Dickinson 
Dave Howman 
André Jacquemin 
Cinematography by
Brian Herlihy 
Film Editing by
Bill Jones 
Casting by
Georgia Parris 
Production Design by
Mark Tanner 
Art Direction by
Lucienne Suren 
Costume Design by
Tabitha Doyle 
Makeup Department
Sophie Liddiard .... prosthetics makeup assistant
Brendan Lonergan .... prosthetic effects
Florence May Carter .... make-up and hair: dailies
Vienna McMahon .... assistant makeup artist
Felicity Wright .... makeup designer
Production Management
Tina Pawlik .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Margarita Doyle .... first assistant director: second unit
Andy Gradwell .... first assistant director: second unit
Andy Gradwell .... third assistant director
Suzy Mottram .... second assistant director
Craig Topham .... additional third assistant director
Neil Tuohy .... first assistant director
Neil Tuohy .... second unit director
Art Department
Nick Ainsworth .... stand-by art director
Joe Borowski .... stand-by props
Andrew David Clark .... art department
Peter Davis .... senior supervising painter
Toby Marrow .... props master
Katie Ralph .... art department assistant
Sound Department
Jean-Raphaël Dedieu .... sound designer
Bob Doyle .... sound recordist
Craig Irving .... sound re-recording mixer
André Jacquemin .... sound designer
André Jacquemin .... sound supervisor
Jerry Richards .... foley artist
Visual Effects by
Chris Bentley .... film recorder operator
Jonathan Cheetham .... visual effects
Clare Heneghan .... visual effects
Enrico Perei .... senior digital compositing artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Marc Dando .... digital lab supervisor
Ben Fordesman .... electrician
Mark French .... gaffer
Chris Georgas .... best boy
Steve Kendrick .... camera operator
Steve Kendrick .... director of photography: second unit
Eloise Parfitt .... focus puller
Nick Rutter .... still photographer
Paul Starkey .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Katarina Borosova .... costume supervisor
Catherine Pearson .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Ross Fall .... digital film technician
Kieran Nicholas .... conforming editor
Vanessa Taylor .... colorist: digital intermediate
Music Department
Ray Cooper .... musician: additional percussion
Bruce Dickinson .... music producer
Rod Melvin .... musician: additional keyboards
Ben Timlett .... music clearance
Other crew
Margarita Doyle .... assistant to director
Margarita Doyle .... location manager
Barney Goodland .... production assistant
James Greenslade .... production legal
Paul Hillier .... insurance
Jonathan S. Kemp .... production office assistant
Brian Lockyer .... production runner
Angelica Pressello .... script supervisor
Sarah Teboul .... production accountant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Crowley" - USA (DVD title)
"The Chemical Wedding" - Europe (English title) (alternative title)
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109 min | 106 min

Did You Know?

The actor who plays Ashby is called Jared Ashe, who comes from a town in Leicestershire called Ashby.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Haddo/Crowley holds Victor's photo of the woman to the flame to create the burn mark, the burn mark appears twice.See more »
Haddo:"Do what thou wilt" shall be the whole of the law.See more »
Halleluia ChorusSee more »


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6 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Very Enjoyable Story Setting Crowley in Modern Times, 9 March 2009
Author: gavin6942 from United States

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.

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