Necronomicon

A famous writer trespasses in the catacombs of a monastery to read the pages of a sacred book.

 

United States
France
1993
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Anthology
Tale Amount: 
3
Relative: 
Related
Catastrophes: 
Crash
Fire
Giant: 
Golem
Object: 
Book
Psychics: 
Illusionist

The Drowned

A man brings his family back to life using a magic book.

The Cold

A woman is rescued from her abusive stepfather by a strange scientist.

Whispers

A cop searches for her partner after their car crashed.

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A page-turner!
8
6
7.04
6
3
3
4

The Drowned

The Cold

Whispers

Effects
Dialogue
Ambiance
Few filmmakers have managed to faithfully depict H.P. Lovecraft’s world on screen. How do you describe the indescribable? How do you name the unnamable? How do you make sense of it all and come up with a fascinating and comprehensible story? The makers walk a thin line but the end product is accessible, which is a tour de force. Lovecraft was never "accessible"....
Necronomicon is the "book the dead". It is also the name of a horror anthology film composed of three segments and a wraparound story. Segment one is about a man who brings his family back to life using the book. Segment two is about a woman rescued from her abusive stepfather by a strange scientist. The last segment is about a cop searching for her missing partner after their car crashed.
The worst aspect of this film is that it so packed with information it is hard to follow. Things get clearer upon rewatch and, fortunately, the whole film gets better the more you watch it. Each of these segments could be feature films. They don’t particularly rely on a twist, contrary to most horror anthology film segments, and they pretty much all have three arcs.
Alternate Titles: 
H.P. Lovecraft's Necronomicon, Book of the Dead
Necronomicon: Book of Dead
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