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Necronomicon: Book of Dead (1993)

Necronomicon (original title)
R | | Horror | 29 July 1994 (UK)
H.P. Lovecraft, the well-known horror writer, is looking in the late thirties after the book 'Necronomicon'. He finds it guarded by monks in an old library. He then copies some stories from... See full summary »

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Brent V. Friedman (screenplay), Brent V. Friedman (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Combs ... H.P. Lovecraft (wraparound)
Tony Azito Tony Azito ... Librarian (wraparound)
Juan Fernández ... Attendant (wraparound)
Brian Yuzna ... Cabbie (wraparound)
Bruce Payne ... Edward De Lapoer (part 1)
Belinda Bauer ... Nancy Gallmore (part 1)
Richard Lynch ... Jethro De Lapoer (part 1)
Maria Ford ... Clara (part 1)
Peter Jasienski Peter Jasienski ... Jethro's Son (part 1)
Denice D. Lewis ... Emma De Lapoer (part 1)
William Jess Russell William Jess Russell ... Doctor (part 1)
Vladimir Kulich ... Villager (part 1)
David Warner ... Dr. Madden (part 2)
Bess Meyer ... Emily Osterman (part 2)
Millie Perkins ... Lena (part 2)
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H.P. Lovecraft, the well-known horror writer, is looking in the late thirties after the book 'Necronomicon'. He finds it guarded by monks in an old library. He then copies some stories from it, which unfold for our eyes- and his... Written by E. de Vos <vos@dutiws.twi.tudelft.nl>

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Taglines:

To Hell and back. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence and gore, and for language | See all certifications »

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France | USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 1994 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Necronomicon: Book of Dead See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At approximately the 37:30 minute mark (during "The Cold") some violin/synth cords are played as a part of the score. This tune is identical to the closing credits music of the TV show Dexter. Daniel Licht composed both scores. Dexter was released 13 years after Necronomicon. See more »

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In the story about "The Butcher" that takes place in Philadelphia the two police officers in the opening chase have two different badges. The Male is wearing a LA PD badge. See more »

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Mr. Benedict: There is one thing I have always maintained. If a man's shoe is dirty, you got to wonder about his sole.
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Alternate Versions

The Japanese laserdisc version is uncut and bright See more »

Connections

Version of Cool Air (2006) See more »

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Because The Dawn
Written by Daniel Licht and Amy Goldstein
Courtesy of Parallel Fifth Music. BMI
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User Reviews

What the..?
26 June 2000 | by GoreripperSee all my reviews

I just KNEW this would be bad, but I had no idea how bad it would be. "Necronomicon" is a composite film made up of three separate shorts based on Lovecraft stories... and I use the word "based" VERRRRY loosely here. The first tale begins as a strange adaptation of "Rats in the Walls" and then seems to make a right turn through "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward", "The Dreams in the Witch House" and "The Call of Cthulu" without coming off very coherently at all, although the surreality of it is kind've cool. The second feature is a somewhat more coherent version of "Cool Air" which is more or less true to the original, though featuring a female lead along with a typically wonderful performance from David Warner. Lastly we're presented with something purporting to be "The Whisperer in Darkness" but ends up as some nonsensical dream/nightmare conglomeration that aspires to be Fulci but fails. By the end of this piece I had no idea what was going on! In the meantime, Jeffrey Coombs hams it up as usual in a series of linking cut scenes portraying HP meddling with arcane tomes in a bizarre temple or something--William Castle, eat your heart out! A very hit and miss affair that fails to interpret Lovecraft even more spectacularly than most of the others before it.


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