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Haeckel’s Tale 2006 123movies

Haeckel’s Tale 2006 123movies

Jan. 13, 200660 Min.
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Watch: Haeckel’s Tale 2006 123movies, Full Movie Online – A grieving widower seeking the help of a necromancer is told the terrible tale of Ernst Haekel, a man obsessed with reanimation..
Plot: While on his way to see his sick father, a man takes shelter with an elderly man and his young wife but soon discovers their horrible secret.
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An Episode That Will Grow On You
Young Haeckel (Derek Cecil) wants to bring corpses back to life after studying the notes of German doctor Victor Frankenstein. He fails in his early attempts, and then sets out to discredit the necromancer Montesquino (Jon Polito, who co-starred with Cecil in “Push, Nevada”) who can accomplish the task with magic rather than science.

We start with a short story written by Clive Barker, who has made himself a living legend by writing “Hellraiser”, among other things. Add a “bookend” story from Mick Garris, and you have a film. Not surprisingly, the part from Garris is weaker than the Barker core, but it is hard to blame him for trying to make this story fit into a nice package.

George A. Romero was set to direct, but had to bow out due to scheduling conflicts. The opening credits still say this was “in association with” Romero, but his involvement seems minimal and what he added is unclear. Stepping into his shoes is John McNaughton, who had previously worked the horror scene with “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer” and “The Borrower”. (McNaughton may be a “master of horror”, but he has never defined himself so narrowly, working regularly in cop thrillers and comedies, as well.)

McNaughton probably brought us some aspects Romero would have shied away from. Both have no qualms with gore, but McNaughton is more associated with sensuality than Romero, and that aspect of the film is a key aspect of the plot in the latter half. We know that McNaughton took over very early on, enough that he was taking part in the casting process. He also had direct input in the imagery, which was inspired by the artist Hieronymus Bosch and his “deadly orgies of skeletons”.

Of course, he cannot take full responsibility for the success or failure of the picture. McNaughton says “the crew was like a locomotive”, and although he was only on set for ten days, they had been working on the series for months and knew how to maximize their resources. There was not even time for rehearsals beyond a table read, so casting known variables was key.

Upon first seeing this film, viewers might feel that it is one of the weakest installments in the Masters of Horror series, due to the episode offering little excitement until the last ten minutes… which is then followed up by a “twist” ending that the audience should have seen coming halfway through the film. Repeat viewings might make viewers find something more. While it is true that the first half of the film relies heavily on retelling the Frankenstein story, which is well-established in other movies and not very innovative, the departure point is critical and the introduction of necromancy makes the film unique.

The acting is fine, even if Jon Polito goes a bit over the top. McNaughton personally cast Polito, a regular in his work, knowing what he was able to bring to the role. The costumes and scenery are very nice. The effort put into getting period-appropriate outfits is noticeable and commendable. There is also great work from special effects wizard Howard Berger, particularly the dead dog puppet. Berger has few equals.

For those looking deeper, you may find some interesting ideas touched upon, albeit briefly. There is discussion of bringing the soul back from the dead, and the declaration that animals have no soul. Haeckel finds this unusual, which seems out of character — what use does a man without God have for a soul? And the idea certainly was not new. Many philosophers and theologians have declared animals soulless. George Hegel, in 1821, wrote, “An animal too has impulses, desires, inclinations, but it has no will and must obey its impulse if nothing external deters it.” Haeckel also calls to mind the difference between religion and science, a “playing God” attitude that was largely absent in the “Frankenstein” story, at least in such a direct and blatant exposition.

The features of the DVD are impressive, with plenty of interviews and featurettes. Someone could dismiss the Masters of Horror series as a television show, but the DVD proves these are films in their own right. Sadly, the commentary from McNaughton is sparse, and there are too many minutes of silence. But he still adds enough information to make a listen worthwhile.

Review By: gavin6942
A creepy Gothic tale that’s well done
When I found out this was a Clive Barker story I expected a lot of sex and gore, so I was prepared. What I wasn’t prepared for was a good story.

It takes place in the late 1700s or early 1800s in a non-specific place in early America. A grieving gentleman speaking old English very well comes to a house to see a woman who is rumored to be a necromancer. He begs her to bring back his wife from the dead, but she tells him to be sure that’s what he really wants. After he says yes, she agrees if he would sit down and listen to her story about Ernst Haeckel.

Ernst is a physician who believes in science above all else. Not only does he want to save lives, he wants to bring people back from the dead. (There is a great Frankenstien reference here!). After hearing that his father is dying, he begins a journey to be by his side. He spends the night at an older gentleman’s cottage only to find that he has a beautiful younger wife.

I’m skipping some broad strokes here because this because I feel this a very warm story about true love with a horror element.

As a movie it is very well acted, the costumes and sets give it that old world feel. And yes! There is sex in it but I myself don’t feel it’s trashy and done only for shock value. It has a point.

In the end, for me it’s an old fashioned campfire story that that I enjoy. And coming from the mind of Clive Barker, I’m very surprised! There is a good story here.

Review By: super marauder

Other Information:

Original Title Haeckel’s Tale
Release Date 2006-01-13
Release Year 2006

Original Language en
Runtime 59 min
Budget 0
Revenue 0
Status Released
Rated TV-MA
Genre Horror
Director John McNaughton
Writer Mick Garris, Clive Barker
Actors Steve Bacic, Micki Maunsell, Gerard Plunkett
Country Canada, United States
Awards N/A
Production Company N/A
Website N/A

Technical Information:

Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio N/A
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Laboratory N/A
Film Length N/A
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Haeckel’s Tale 2006 123movies
Original title Haeckel's Tale
TMDb Rating 5.8 33 votes

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