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Chemical Wedding (2008)

  • Rate: 4.8/10 total 917 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller
  • Release Date: 30 May 2008 (UK)
  • Runtime: 106 min
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  • IMDb page: Chemical Wedding (2008)
  • Rate: 4.8/10 total 917 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller
  • Release Date: 30 May 2008 (UK)
  • Runtime: 106 min
  • Budget: £2,500,000(estimated)
  • Director: Julian Doyle
  • Stars: Simon Callow, Kal Weber and Lucy Cudden
  • Original Music By: André Jacquemin   
  • Soundtrack: Separation By Skin
  • Plot Keyword: Reporter | Roommate | Female Frontal Nudity | Stabbed In The Mouth | Shaving Of Vagina

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Bruce Dickinson  writer
  • Julian Doyle  writer

Known Trivia

    Goofs: Revealing mistakes: When Haddo/Crowley holds Victor's photo of the woman to the flame to create the burn mark, the burn mark appears twice.

    Plot: A shy, stuttering professor brings Aleister Crowley back to life. Full summary »  »

    Story: In 1947, noted Satanist Aleister Crowley dies. In Cambridge, 43 years later, with the help of a computer, Crowley's spirit takes over the body of Haddo, a mild-mannered, stuttering don. Over four days, as Crowley prepares for an occult extravaganza, bodies pile up, Crowley's elect engage in rites of passage, and Lia, a red-headed campus reporter, sniffs out a story that puts her in grave danger. Mathers, a scientist recently arrived from Cal Tech, may hold the key to her destiny.Written by <>  


    Synopsis: Jack Parsons was a brilliant chemist and inventor of the rocket fuel used for the US space flight to the moon. He was also a fanatical believer in the Magic of Aleister Crowley the aging occultist who considered himself ‘The Beast’ incarnate.

    In 1947 Jack Parsons and L. Ron Hubbard were performing Crowley’s mystic rituals in a house in Pasadena, California. Parsons wrote excitedly to his occult leader, Crowley.

    ‘I have had the most devastating experience of my life. I have been in direct touch with One who is most Holy and Beautiful as mentioned in your ‘Book of the Law’. First instructions were received through Lafayette Ron Hubbard the seer. I have followed them to the letter. There was a desire for incarnation. I am to act as an instructor, guardian, guide for nine months; then it will be loosed on the world…’

    Crowley wrote despairingly to a disciple about Parsons:

    It appears that he has given away both his girl and his money to this writer of science fiction and is now invoking the ritual to produce a MOONCHILD. I am fairly frantic…’

    Nine months later while being visited by two students from Cambridge, Crowley died of cardiac degeneration. Missing from his personal possessions was his pocket-watch. His funeral took place in the Chapel of the Brighton Crematorium. The final rites were performed by the novelist Louis Marlowe reading extracts from Crowley’s ‘Book of the Law’. The Brighton Echo denounced the whole ceremony as a Black Mass. In 1952 Jack Parsons was blown up in his laboratory in Pasadena. L. Ron Hubbard died on his yacht as leader of the controversial Church of Scientology.

    But did the issue end with these three deaths? Would Crowley, as he claimed, ever return from death to rule the world? Why did US astronauts name a crater on the moon after Jack Parsons? Is L. Ron Hubbard really dead? What had been generated by the ceremony in California that seemed to signal Crowley’s demise? And what happened to the missing pocket-watch?

    Unanswered questions till, late in the twentieth century, when Dr. Joshua Mathers brought a ‘state of the art’ interactive suit from Cal Tech California to Cambridge in England to be hitched up to the Z93, the biggest super-cooled, super-conductive computer in the world.


    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Paul Astrom Andrews known as executive producer
    • Raimund Berens known as co-producer
    • Peter Bevan known as executive producer
    • Andrew Chapman known as line producer
    • Peter Dale known as executive producer
    • Bill Jones known as co-producer
    • Malcolm Kohll known as producer
    • Justin Peyton known as producer
    • David Pupkewitz known as executive producer
    • Karl Richards known as executive producer
    • Rod Smallwood known as executive producer
    • Ben Timlett known as producer
    • Patrick Vien known as executive producer
    • Caroline Whittle known as associate producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Simon Callow known as Professor Haddo / Aleister Crowley
    • Kal Weber known as Joshua Mathers
    • Lucy Cudden known as Lia Robinson
    • Jud Charlton known as Victor Nuberg
    • Paul McDowell known as Symonds
    • John Shrapnel known as Crowley
    • Terence Bayler known as Professor Brent
    • Richard Franklin known as Dean
    • Mike Shannon known as Alex
    • Helen Millar known as Rose
    • Geoff Breton known as Young Symonds
    • Sean Rea known as Young Alex
    • Thomas Nelstrop known as Jones
    • Robert Ashby known as Chaplain Marshall
    • Esmé Bianco known as Mavis
    • Gemma Hiles known as Ruby
    • Annie Walker known as Rene
    • Lizzie Millne known as Secretary
    • Christina Chong known as Mei-Ling
    • Lily Dumont known as Joyce
    • Andrea Sadler known as Stella
    • Mark Wainwright known as Inspector
    • Brandon Kirk known as Ceremonial Guard
    • Nicola Rockhill known as Kate the Violin Girl
    • Jean Leppard known as Doctor
    • Kare Silversten known as Drunk
    • Bruce Dickinson known as Landlord / Blind Man
    • Mat Fraser known as Anton Le Fay
    • Oliver Smith known as Postboy (as Ollie Smith)
    • Antonia Beamish known as Glastonbury Woman
    • Alex Leppard known as Official
    • Bill Jones known as Toilet Queen / Man with Bag on Head
    • Jared Ashe known as Student Ashby
    • Rhik Samadder known as Student Rick
    • Danny Szam known as Student Ben
    • Carly Davis known as Student Brenda
    • Robin Goodchild known as Student Phil
    • Joni Levinson known as Hotbuns Berkhoff (as Joni Levison)
    • Dean Butler known as Ceremony Man
    • Peter White known as Station Guard
    • Austin Dickinson known as Lecture Student
    • Perrine Moran known as Lecturer
    • Leigh Stevenson known as Mason



    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:

    • Sophie Liddiard known as prosthetics makeup assistant
    • Brendan Lonergan known as prosthetic effects
    • Vienna McMahon known as assistant makeup artist
    • Felicity Wright known as makeup designer

    Art Department:

    • Nick Ainsworth known as stand-by art director
    • Joe Borowski known as stand-by props
    • Andrew David Clark known as art department
    • Peter Davis known as senior supervising painter
    • Toby Marrow known as props master
    • Katie Ralph known as art department assistant




    Production Companies:

    • Bill and Ben Productions
    • Focus Films
    • Entertainment Motion Pictures (E-MOTION)

    Other Companies:

    • Allan Chapman & James Insurance Brokers  insurance services
    • Audiolink Radio Communications  walkie talkies/mobiles
    • Digilab Services  digital film workflow
    • Fatts  post-production script services
    • MotionFX  post-production
    • MotionFX  titles
    • uFX  visual effects by


    • Anchor Bay Entertainment (2009) (USA) (theatrical)
    • Warner Bros. (2008) (UK) (theatrical)
    • Warner Music Entertainment (2008) (worldwide) (theatrical)
    • Film Pop (2007) (Turkey) (all media)
    • Front Row Filmed Entertainment (2008) (United Arab Emirates) (all media) (Middle East)
    • Maamund II Productions (2008) (Poland) (all media)
    • Rainbow Valley (2008) (Hungary) (all media)
    • Sunfilm Entertainment (2009) (Germany) (DVD)
    • Universal Pictures Vidéo (2009) (France) (DVD)



    Other Stuff

    Special Effects:

    • MotionFX (visual effects)

    Visual Effects by:

    • Chris Bentley known as film recorder operator
    • Jonathan Cheetham known as visual effects
    • Clare Heneghan known as visual effects
    • Enrico Perei known as senior digital compositing artist

    Release Date:

    • UK 4 May 2008 (Sci-Fi-London)
    • France 17 May 2008 (Cannes Film Market)
    • UK 30 May 2008
    • Denmark 17 April 2009 (CPHPIX Festival)
    • Netherlands 17 April 2009 (Imagine Film Festival)
    • Germany 26 June 2009 (DVD premiere)



    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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