Necronomicon: Book of Dead

1993

Action / Horror

6
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 25%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 39%
IMDb Rating 5.8 10 4629

Synopsis


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Cast

Jeffrey Combs as H.P. Lovecraft
David Warner as Dr. Madden
Vladimir Kulich as Villager
Dennis Christopher as Dale Porkel
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23.976 fps
1hr 36 min
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1hr 36 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by hellholehorror 7 / 10

Four stories in one film and three of them are great

Usually I don't like movies that have three stories with a wrapper around them but here it works fine. The first story is pretty good, the second is pretty dull and the last is awesome. The wraparound is one of the best in this type of movie. The first story was good with a great amount of creepy monster effects and scary moments. The second story left me cold. The third story was great with like demons and stuff. The wraparound would have been better as a separate story but it is very entertaining with a great ending (just like the first and third stories). Four stories in one film and three of them are great! This is a gritty classic.

Reviewed by A Lazy Bear 5 / 10

Many flaws but has it redeeming qualities!

The movie is a Anthology movie based around H.P.Lovecrafts short-stories. Although based seems like the wrong word in this case, but more about that later...

The movie some bad acting, mostly bad dialogue, bad story, bad characters (they don't even have any personalities whatsoever and for the most part I don't even understand their reactions/actions) and often terrible editing that simply confuses you, especially in the second story are some weird cuts. The whole concept of the movie doesn't even make sense, the stories are read from the necronomicon, which doesn't make sense since its a spell-book and none of these stories are written by anyone involved, at least we are never told so. BUT it also has its redeeming qualities, most of all the practical special effects are awesome! They actually are some of my most favourite practical gore effects ever and there are a lot of them! Also the set and sound design are quite alright.

Now more about Lovecraft compared to this movie. The style is in no way comparable to Lovecrafts. There is no build-up, no subtlety (creatures EVERYWHERE), little explanation as to why all this happens (which is usually the scary part in a Lovecraft story), there is no feeling of the insignificance of humans compared to what exists out there (maybe). It feels much more like silly campfire stories.

To sum it up I would recommend watching this either if you are a big fan of practical special effects (especially gore) or you like the Cthulhu universe. In my case both of these things apply which is why I enjoyed this movie despite its crap-factor.

Reviewed by Paul Magne Haakonsen 6 / 10

A journey into the bizarre...

This is an interesting anthology that revolves around the fabled Necronomicon and the writings of H.P. Lovecraft. Usually I am not overly keen on anthologies, but this is Lovecraftian material, and that alone makes it more than well-worth watching.

There are three segments titled "The Drowned", "The Cold" and "Whispers" which are all intertwined with the narrative "The Library". "The Library" actually deals with H.P. Lovecraft coming to get a hold of the Necronomicon and peruses it for inspiration to his writing.

The stories are nicely told and manage to capture the cosmic doom, despair, desolation and isolation of man that Lovecraft refined in his actual writings. And if you enjoy reading his work, then you should give this movie a chance. Each story and segment is very different from one another, offering something for everyone.

Granted, the movie is from 1993, so the effects are not matching the overwhelming CGI fest that we have today. But I still found them to be good enough and working quite in favor of the movie.

And there is an abundance of great talents on the cast list, some of whom are no strangers to Lovecraftian movie adaptations, such as Maria Ford, David Warner and of course Jeffrey Combs who is finally in the role of Lovecraft himself after having starred in numerous Lovecraft adaptations. And even Lovecraftian director Brian Yuzna is on the cast list.

"Necronomicon: Book of the Dead" is well-deserving a place in the movie collection of any horror fan and Lovecraft movie adaptation fan.

Iä, Iä Cthulhu!

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