Greetings, Cromrades! This week on the show we consider three films that make use of the grimoire trope in different ways. Under consideration are Evil Dead (1981), directed by Sam Raimi and starring Bruce Campbell (et al.), In The Mouth of Madness (1995), directed by John Carpenter and starring Sam Neill (and others), and The Ninth Gate (200), directed by Roman Polanski, and starring Johnny Depp (etc).
Can you see the underlying influences in these works? Is there Howard, Lovecraft, Smith, or Bloch to be found? The Ninth Gate was based on the book The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte which we have not read. However, there is a certain element of pulp adventure to be found in the film!
Certainly some good discussion fodder to be had here! What is your favorite movie featuring a grimoire?
Want more Deadite discussion? Check out The Faculty of Horror Episode 14 for a deeper dive into all things Evil Dead!
Want more Hollywood grimoire discussion? We appeared on Episode 275 of Trick or Treat Radio back in November 2017 and discussed the pulpy film Residue. Check it out!
Jon: Generation Wealth. (Mo money, mo problems.)
Josh: Castlevania: Rondo of Blood (originally for TurboGraphx-16 CD in Japan, you can play this on the PSP. (Or emulate it! Shhh...)
Luke: Clint Mephisto's Shit-Kickin' Road Show on Radio Free Satan.
Next time: An baleful black obelisk beckons.
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