AKA: Crowley. This film is referred to as Chemical Wedding in film databases and in the U.K., and Crowley in the U.S.A. We have used the title Crowley in this review, despite Chemical Wedding being perhaps the more “correct” title.
NOTE: Those interested in the learning more about the roguish Aleister Crowley will want to read the Appendix to this post, which gives background on the occultist and his belief system.
DIRECTED BY: Julian Doyle
FEATURING: Simon Callow, Kal Weber, Lucy Cudden, Paul McDowell, Jud Charlton John Shrapnel, and Terence Bayler
PLOT: Aleister Crowley comes back to life and goes on a murderous rampage, ultimately warping the universal space-time continuum.
WHY IT SHOULD MAKE THE LIST: Crowley is a strange mix of serous sci-fi elements and over-the-top characterizations of a notorious and eccentric historical figure. Combined with a bizarre story of reincarnation, quantum physics and parallel universes, it’s an occult film that transcends the norms of the genre, providing a viewing experience that is funny, intriguing and peculiar all at once.
COMMENTS : Crowley is an imaginative and clever occult science fiction film. It is partly serious, partly campy, but not in a way that is meant to be silly or cheap. It is also witty and ribald. Well researched, the film draws its premise partly from the story of maverick rocket physicist and eccentric black arts follower, Jack Parsons (see Appendix). Mixing fact with fancy, Crowley is a fast paced, multi-genre, satirical thriller. Tawdry yet brainy, the movie proffers an oddball, but sophisticated mix of historical fact, occult fantasy and hardcore science fiction. Based on the infamous “wickedest man in the world,” master occultist Aleister Crowley, this film will entertain, amuse, and perhaps enthrall the unconventional viewer. Reflexively, it is sure to provoke and offend the mainstream audience.
In the present day, a Cal Tech scientist, Dr. Joshua Mathers (Weber) invents a sinister computerized, virtual reality space-time simulator in which the user steps into a creepy full body immersion suit. Mathers conducts experiments with a joint scientific team at Cambridge. There the virtual reality device is coupled with “Z93”, the most powerful, superconductor computer in the world. It works! It works too well.
Mathers’s rapaciously amoral assistant, Neberg (Charleton), surreptitiously introduces a Continue reading RECOMMENDED AS WEIRD: CROWLEY [AKA CHEMICAL WEDDING] (2008)