Watch “H.P. Lovecraft’s Necronomicon” for free (1993)

Just found this online: H.P. Lovecraft’s Necronomicon.  This movie is broken into four separate features: The Library, The Drowned, The Cold, and Whispers.  The Library segment is the wrap-around story, which begins and ends the movie.  The three stories in the movie are loosely based on three H. P. Lovecraft short stories: The Drowned is based on The Rats in the Walls, The Cold is based on Cool Air, and Whispers is based on The Whisperer in Darkness.

The movie is a bit cheesy at times, but it hits the mark sometimes too, particularly in the Whispers story, which I remember as being pretty disturbing.

Jeffrey Combs plays H.P. Lovecraft, and the movie also stars David Warner.  Watch then entire movie below.

What do you guys think of this one?  Love it?  Hate it?  Or, like me, think it’s cheesy but still like it?  Comment below!

10 responses to “Watch “H.P. Lovecraft’s Necronomicon” for free (1993)

  1. I saw this back in ’97, during a flood. There seemed something appropriate about watching a Lovecraft-based film while a small apocalypse took place in another part of town.

    Anyway…I hated the film, a capital letters kind of hate. I re-watched it in a bar back in January (if you are in the Louisville, KY area…come join us at the Gore Club at Seidenfaden’s every Sunday night) and enjoyed it. This is not to say I think it is a good movie. It isn’t. Rather, age has made me a bit more tolerant.

    The best part of the film are the framing story with Colmes as Lovecraft, brilliant even under terrible prosthetics.

    Out of the three stories, “The Drowned” is perhaps the the strongest. Despite claims from the directors that it is based on Rats in the Walls, those elements are slight; influences of “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” are much greater. Overall, though, the segment seems more influenced by what people THINK Lovecraft is, not anything he actually wrote. And it may be the only time a Deep One has been shown on film (though some could make a good case for it being Nyarlathotep or any avatar of a great old one. And I’m not counting Gordon’s “Dagon,” as no true Deep One is ever seen in that film). There is one scene in “The Drowned” that has stuck with me for over ten years, impressive even when I hated the film, one of those “epitome of horror” moments.

    “The Cold” is perhaps the truest to Lovecraft’s works but is also boring. Not to say it’s bad. Just boring. This middle segment drags. But, like Combs, David Warner is brilliant in everything he does. His presence elevates everything.

    “Whispers” is ridiculous. No other word to describe it. To the point of laughter. There is a shot of unfortunate puppetry work that destroys the piece. It would be more appropriate on Sesame Street, if Sesame Street were momentarily taken over by Lovecraft. You’ll know it when you see it.

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  2. I enjoyed portions of it,but never the entirety of it. I was pleased with the actor who portrayed Lovecraft,but could not believe the stupidity of the wardens of the library who allow Lovecraft access to the Necronomicon. Particularly since they are not human in the first place.There is no question it could have been done better and stayed true to the writings of Lovecraft,but for its time, it was OK.I await the director,who will do final justice to Lovecraft and give us something we will treasure for all time.

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  3. Ha! I love a good cheesy horror flick. Let’s see…

    “Library” (wrap-around): fun to see Lovecraft as a mischievous adventurer.

    “Drowned”: I think better of the three stories, despite the happy ending–I guess you could call it “happy.” He lived, didn’t he? Has a great creepy realization moment.

    “Cold”: Basically it’s if Lovecraft had written Twilight, haha. But it really is. Hundred-year-old technically dead guy having the hots for jailbait. David Warner really did make that story, tho. The scariest bit is her being pregnant for 22 years.

    “Whispers”: There’s good cheesy, and then there’s “what were you thinking???” cheesy. This one’s the latter. The cop being pregnant didn’t add anything to the story, other than to lay a guilt trip, “a mother is supposed to protect her child!” Geez, she hasn’t even had the kid yet and she’s already a bad mother. I can’t help but think there’s an anti-abortion message snuck into this one.

    Still an enjoyable film, but that last story kind of ruins it for me.

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  4. I actually watched this film again recently, after having seen bits and pieces of it on the Sci-Fi channel a few years ago. It is truly uneven. Like others have said, the Library wrap-around is the most interesting part of the movie. Of the three pieces, “The Drowned” is perhaps the most effective. But it’s all that cheesy, low-budget, campy creature horror of the late 80s/early 90s. I give the film a C+.

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  5. Thanks for sharing this Mike. I watched the first two segments of the three last night and I enjoyed it overall. The special effects in “The Drowning” were reasonably impressive considering the time it was made, and the tiny budget. Unfortunately, the story was disappointing and ultimately went nowhere.

    The second segment, (“The Cold”), was much better and evoked several of Lovecraft’s stories, (“The Music of Erich Zann”, from the opening premise of a mysterious person involved in something dark living in a room above an innocent newcomer., and of course “Herbert West–Reanimator” more directly relevant to the story among others perhaps more tenuously.)

    I’ll watch the third segment and the conclusion of the wraparound involving H.P. Lovecraft himself later today. This movies hasn’t been a classic, but it was an enjoyable way to pass some downtime nonetheless.

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