Necronomicon: Book of Dead (1993) Movie Review

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1993 | R | Horror
96 minutes /

User Score: 59/100

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Necronomicon: Book of Dead Review


H.P. Lovecraft, the well-known horror writer, is looking in the late thirties after the book 'Necronomicon'...

Necronomicon: Book of Dead (1993) is an American horror anthology movie. The original title was Necronomicon (1993), and the movie is also known as H.P. Lovecraft’s: Necronomicon (1993), and Necronomicon: To Hell and Back (1993). The movie revolves around three short stories that are based on three H. P. Lovecraft short stories. The Drowned was based on The Rats in the Walls; The Cold is based on Cool Air; Whispers is based on The Whisperer in Darkness. The movie contains brief nudity, sexual content/references, violence, suspense, bad language, frightening scenes, and monsters.

The Library

The Library is a wrap-around story of the movie. H. P. Lovecraft ( Jeffrey Combs - Re-Animator (1985), The Frighteners (1996), From Beyond (1986), Transformers Prime (2010)) retrieve information that a copy of the Necronomicon is being kept at a monastery. Lovecraft went to the monastery, and a monk made fun of his work. He then stole the keys to the cellar from a monk and made his way to the book.

Segment - The Drowned

Edward De LaPoer ( Bruce Payne - Passenger 57 (1992), Dungeons & Dragons (2000), Highlander: Endgame (2000), Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God (2005)) inherits an old abandoned hotel. He is part of the De La Poer family and inherited the hotel in Sweden from them. Edward read a letter from his uncle Jethro De La Poer (Peter Jasienski) who had a tragic death. The letter stated that Jethro was distraught after a boat collision killed his wife and child. He threw the Bible in the fire at the funeral and said that a god that can take from him is no God at all and is not welcome in his house. A mysterious fisherman gives him an English version of the Necronomicon. He then uses the book to bring his family back from the dead. Bringing someone back from the dead is never a good thing and always has a consequence. Jethro could not except what his family has returned as and committed suicide.

The letter gave Edward an idea, and that is to bring his wife back from the dead. He used the book, and his darling Clara (Maria Ford - I Like to Play Games Too (1999), Alien Terminator Alien Terminator (1995)) is back. Will Edward meet the same faith as his uncle or will he survive at the hands of his beloved wife? The ending of this segment was done nicely, and I enjoyed the last five minutes of this segment more than the rest of the segments.

Segment - The Cold

Dale Porkel ( Dennis Christopher - Django Unchained (2012), Breaking Away (1979), Chariots of Fire (1981), Fade to Black (1980)) is a reporter that is suspicious of numerous murders. The murders occurred in Boston over several decades. He decides to interview Emily Osterman (Bess Meyer - Heathers (1988), Capote (2005), Room for Two (1992), The Inner Circle (1991)) who has lived in Boston for over twenty years. Emily’s stepfather, who has sexually abused her previously entered her apartment about twenty years ago and attacked her. Emily met Dr. Madden that night and soon has an unnatural relationship with the mad scientist. Dale took a while to figure out Emily‚Äôs secret, but it was a little bit too late.

Segment - Whispers

During a pursuit of a suspect known as "the Butcher", two police officers,
Paul and Sarah are police officers having an argument while chasing a suspect. They lost control of the wheel and caused their vehicle to flip over. A strange person pulled Paul from the vehicle and drags him while Sarah breaks her window to escape the vehicle. Sarah is unable to call for backup and has no choice but to follow the blood trail left by Paul. Sarah saw him being dragged into an elevator in a warehouse. She met Mr. Benedict and was shot at by a blind female shortly after but survived. I did not enjoy this segment much.

The Library

Lovecraft admits to the monk that he dropped the keys in the water as he read the book. The monk told him to return the book but he does not listen, and a monster appears. Will Lovecraft defeat the monk and the monster from the water? I enjoyed watching this movie, but I will not see it again because it was not anything spectacular. Horror fans should view this movie at least once because one of the segments is worth watching.

About Necronomicon: Book of Dead 1993

Title: Necronomicon: Book of Dead
Original Title: H.P. Lovecraft's Necronomicon, Book of the Dead, Necronomicon: Book of Dead
AKA: Necronomicon
Year: 1993
Runtime: 96 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.9/5 stars from 29 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 29
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Jeffrey Combs, David Warner, Bruce Payne, Vincent Hammond, Richard Lynch, Judith Drake, James Paradise, Dennis Christopher, Vladimir Kulich, Denice D. Lewis, Juan Fernández, Don Calfa, Obba Babatundé, Curt Lowens, Tony Azito, Brian Yuzna, Belinda Bauer, Peter Jasienski, William Jess Russell, Bess Meyer, Millie Perkins, Gary Graham, Sebastian White, Jeffrey Scott Grice, Signy Coleman, Maria Ford
Writers: Brent V. Friedman, Christophe Gans, Kazunori Itô, H.P. Lovecraft, Brian Yuzna
Director: Brian Yuzna, Christophe Gans, Shûsuke Kaneko