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The Book (II) (2008)

 -  Short | Horror  -  10 July 2010 (USA)
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Isaac Williams is a scholar of the Occult, having studied under the well respected Professor Robert Northam at Miskatonic University. On one of his many forays into archaic bookshops in ... See full summary »

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Isaac Williams is a scholar of the Occult, having studied under the well respected Professor Robert Northam at Miskatonic University. On one of his many forays into archaic bookshops in search of antiquities and rare texts, Williams happens upon a copy of The Necrnomicon, an ancient tome from the Dark Ages containing a collection of sinister spells, prophecies and incantations. Excitedly, he purchases the book and brings it to his old professor, only to discover Northam a hollow shell of the great man he once was. He, too, had studied The Necronomicon and his findings had driven him to insanity, forcing him to spend his days with inane distractions to avoid those awful thoughts. Unperturbed by Northam's warnings, Williams takes up residence in his home and begins his research into The Necronomicon, desperate to to discover it's dark secrets. Written by Martin Blank

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The script was based on two short stories by H.P. Lovecraft, "The Book" and "The Descendant." These stories were left incomplete at the time of Lovecraft's death so director James Raynor combined them into a single screenplay. At the behest of the Northern Film School (which doesn't allow directors to write on their projects), 'Richard Ellis' re-adapted the stories into a new script. Raynor then took this draft and did a rewrite without the film school's knowledge. See more »

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Wow!
21 February 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I am not a particular fan of horror films, so the fact that I was so thoroughly impressed by THE BOOK is a fine testament to its production values and watchability. All too often in independent shorts these days, aspiring writers, directors and actors make horror films. Very few of them are that scary and most involve clichéd characters--with way too many zombies (they've become as ubiquitous as Westerns were on television in the late 1950s). In light of this, THE BOOK manages to be different and not just a cheap short filled with too many special effects.

Now it didn't hurt that the original story was by the classic horror writer, H. P. Lovecraft. But what elevates this to the next level isn't just this story idea but the amazing direction and acting. You'd never know that these people have almost no experience in the film industry. Yet, the production is as good as anything I've seen lately--including well-financed Hollywood productions.

This is a great example of exceptionally talented people doing exceptional work. I sure hope the right people see this film and offer them tons of money to make more--and perhaps a full-length film. Watch this short!


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