The previous book Necronomicon, bound in human leather, was once written by the mad alchemist Abdul Al Hazred and reveals the secrets of sinister life forms hidden in the depths of the earth and seas, waiting for their chance to strike. This work, which sprang from the mind of the “godfather of gothic horror,” H.P. Lovecraft, has been spun into a chilling triptych starring the master himself. In “The Library,’ Lovecraft (Jeffrey Combs) succeeds in penetrating the hidden catacombs of an old library, where he discovers the Necronomicon. Opening the book leads to the awakening of “something” indescribable. In The Drowned, a young man (Bruce Payne) inherits a sinister house by the sea. He uses the secrets of the place to resurrect his dead girlfriend, bringing the old evil “Cthulhu” out of its slumber. The Cold is about the bizarre romance between a young music student and a strange, old doctor (David Warner), who carries a gruesome and deadly secret. And in Whispers, a policewoman follows the bloody trail of her kidnapped partner. It leads to an old building, which gives access to an underworld from which there is no escape.
Producer Samuel Hadida (Reservoir Dogs, Killing Zoe, True Romance) and director Brian Yuzna (Re-Animator, From Beyond) were the driving forces behind this gruesome tribute to H.P. Lovecraft. Helped by French director Christophe Gans and Japanese director Shu Kaneko, and featuring actors such as Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator, Dr. Mordrid), David Warner (Tom Jones, The Omen) and Bruce Payne (Absolute Beginners, Passenger 57), and with thumbs and fingers biting off special effects by the likes of Screaming Mad George (Freddy IV, Bride of Re-Animator, Poltergeist II), the stories of this good old Clive Barker, Stephen King and so many others are given an audiovisual makeover that fans will long remember.