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H.P. Lovecraft's Necronomicon: Book of the Dead

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H.P. Lovecraft's Necronomicon: Book of the Dead

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
96 minutes
performer:
Belinda Bauer, Bruce Payne
director:
Christophe Gans
genre:
Horror

We gave it a C

After producing Re-Animator and From Beyond, based on the famed horror author’s works, producer Brian Yuzna now turns to Lovecraft’s conceit of the Necronomicon — a book invoking demons — as a framing device in H.P. Lovecraft’s Necronomicon: Book of the Dead. Yuzna, who codirects with Christophe Gans and Shusuke Kaneko, has Lovecraft flipping through the title tome in 1932 and lifting his short stories about reanimated corpses, strange doctors who must live in freezing rooms, and serial killers who turn out to be prehistoric aliens. There’s a subtle recurring theme of parenthood that ties the bits together, but obligatory splatter effects ruin the segments’ delicate creepiness. That desperation, however, is nothing compared with the name-dropping video box, which plugs Lovecraft as ”the man who inspired Stephen King and Clive Barker.” C