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.