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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Callow ... Professor Haddo / Aleister Crowley
Kal Weber ... Joshua Mathers
Lucy Cudden ... Lia Robinson
Jud Charlton ... Victor Nuberg
Paul McDowell Paul McDowell ... Symonds
John Shrapnel ... Crowley
Terence Bayler ... Professor Brent
Richard Franklin ... Dean
Mike Shannon Mike Shannon ... Alex
Helen Millar ... Rose
Geoffrey Breton Geoffrey Breton ... Young Symonds (as Geoff Breton)
Sean Rea Sean Rea ... Young Alex
Thomas Nelstrop Thomas Nelstrop ... Jones
Robert Ashby Robert Ashby ... Chaplain Marshall
Esmé Bianco ... 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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UK

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English

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March 2009 (USA) See more »

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£2,500,000 (estimated)
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First called Number of The Beast. 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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Haddo: "Do what thou wilt" shall be the whole of the law.
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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)/Adrian Smith (as Smith)
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It Depends.....
12 June 2013 | by bondagegirldiSee all my reviews

If you have read anything by Crowley, the Satanic Bible, or Marquis de Sade, this movie will fall along those kind of lines and not upset you too much. However, if you can't handle a weird mixture of sadism (both sexual and other), a perversion of the Christian religion (mostly in the distortion of Biblical verses to emphasize sexual things), and (just for kicks) a little Sci-Fi (kinda like "The Mangler 2"), then do not watch. But, I found it entertaining, although a bit confusing trying to mix so many genres into one movie. Basically, a professor becomes possessed by Alastair Crowley, via virtual reality, which is being tested by (basically) an American Tech Support guy. Prof. Hallow completely changes. Most of the movie is about spouting Crowley's rhetoric, with a few deaths thrown in for good measure. The movie also quotes and/or refers to many ideas regarding thoughts about space, time, philosophy, etc. I cannot expand too much because it has been a very long time since I studied any of the points that are brought up in the movie. But I will say that the ones I remember (and the ones I looked up for a refresher), were accurately presented and expressed from an educated (for one opinion or another) point of view.

I do love the acting from the character Hallow. His descent into madness and deviance is great. The other actors are good as well, but his performance steals the show. Also note: do NOT let children watch this movie. There is at least one scene that is very "Fifty Shades".

I'm sorry I do not know any of the actors names.


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