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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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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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To Hell and back. See more »

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

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France | Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 1994 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby SR

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jeffrey Combs was hesitant about portraying Lovecraft on film. "I don't look like Lovecraft" he commented, but makeup made him look like Lovecraft as best as they could. He also wasn't particularly fond of the direction they went with his rendition. There are shots where the makeup worn by Combs greatly resembles actor Bruce Campbell, right down to the scar on his chin. See more »

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All of the stories that are depicted in the Necronomicon that Lovecraft is reading from happen in time periods set after the time period in which his story is set. 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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The Japanese laserdisc version is uncut and bright See more »

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References Cannibal Holocaust (1980) 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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Lovecraft in the flesh
5 June 2004 | by JVSandersSee all my reviews

Brian Yuzna's Necronomicon features a wraparound in which Jeffrey Combs portrays H.P. Lovecraft, circa 1932. Prosthetic makeup, in combination with Comb's naturally high voice, results in what is probably the best portrayal of H.P.L. we're likely to see. However, those familiar with Lovecraft's life will be amused (or perhaps annoyed) to see him depicted as an occult believer/action hero who gains access to a copy of the Necronomicon through subterfuge. A somewhat similar liberty was taken by novelists Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson in their 'Illuminatus' trilogy; and, of course, Robert Bloch based a character in 'Shambler From The Stars' on Lovecraft. (With H.P.L's permission, however.)

Necronomicon is a melange of Lovecraftian characters, stories, and themes. The Deep Ones, Cthulhu, the strange high house in the mist at Kingsport Head and, of course, the dreaded Necronomicon itself are all reasonably well treated. H.P.L.'s short story 'Cool Air' provided some inspiration for one of the film's segments.

Lovecraft's stories - notoriously short on dialog and female characters - do not easily lend themselves to direct cinematic adaptation. Consequently, Brian Yuzna deserves credit for extracting many essential elements from the Mythos and presenting them in a way contemporary horror audiences can appreciate. Necronomicon may offer a bit too much gore for some tastes; but as far as I'm concerned, even loose adaptations of Lovecraft's work are better than none at all.


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