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Chemical Wedding (released in the U.S. as Crowley[1]) is a British supernatural science fiction horror film produced by Bill&Ben Productions in conjunction with the London-based Focus Films. It is directed by Julian Doyle. The story is based on an original screenplay by Bruce Dickinson, frontman of heavy metal band Iron Maiden. Dickinson released a solo album entitled The Chemical Wedding in 1998, which, despite sharing the title and title track from the film's soundtrack, is otherwise unrelated.

Chemical Wedding
Theatrical poster
Directed byJulian Doyle
Produced byDavid Pupkewitz
Malcolm Kohll
Ben Timlett
Justin Peyton
Written byBruce Dickinson
Julian Doyle
StarringSimon Callow
Kal Weber
Lucy Cudden
Jud Charlton
Paul McDowell
John Shrapnel
Terence Bayler
Mike Shannon
Bruce Dickinson
Bill&Ben Productions
Focus Films
Distributed byAnchor Bay Entertainment (U.S.)
Release date
  • 4 May 2008 (2008-05-04)
CountryUnited Kingdom


Upon entering a VR machine, Professor Oliver Haddo, a modern Cambridge scholar, becomes possessed by the spirit of the infamous occultist Aleister Crowley, as the machine's program has been corrupted by a former follower of Crowley. Resurrected 50 years after his death, Crowley begins his occult practices anew, seeking a new "scarlet bride" whom he can marry in an occult ceremony which will increase his power.



The film was originally proposed in 2000 and was to have been produced by Terry Jones' "Messiah Films",[2] but was later adopted by Focus Films. David Pupkewitz and Malcolm Kohll produced the film, with Ben Timlett and Justin Peyton of Bill and Ben Productions and Duellist Film Production in association with MotionFX and E-Motion. Executive producers are Andy Taylor, Paul Astrom-Andrews and Peter Dale.

Warner Music released the film's soundtrack in the UK, while Edward Noeltner's Cinema Management Group handled international sales.[3][4] The film received its world première at the Sci-Fi-London film festival on 4 May 2008.[5]

According to Rockerparis, Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson was in Paris, France, on 26 November to promote the film's DVD release. The screening and press conference were held in a private cinema in front of Europe 1 radio near the Champs Elysées.[6] Dickinson, who has a small cameo role in the film, has stated that, "On several levels, I think it will be nice for them ([Iron Maiden fans]) to see somebody from Maiden doing something else that gets the band's name out there and also potentially gets a bit of respect for heavy metal and all the rest of it....But, in addition, I think they'll just enjoy it. It's a rollicking good story."[7]


Channel 4 stated that "The look and feel of Chemical Wedding is evidently an homage to Hammer and early 1970s Brit horror-fantasy in general: that is to say, cheap. And though aiming to titillate, the execution is so naff it might as well be renamed 'Confessions of a Cabbalist'."[8] praised the film, calling it "a mixed bag of tricks to be sure, but it's worth a look for the curio factor. (At least it's not a remake, a J-horror knock-off, or torture porn.)"[9]


Track Listing:

  1. "Chemical Wedding" – Bruce Dickinson
  2. "Hush Hush Here Comes the Bogie Man" – Henry Hall / Val Rosing
  3. "Fanlight Fanny" – George Formby
  4. "Man of Sorrows" – Bruce Dickinson
  5. "The Wicker Man" – Iron Maiden
  6. "Can I Play with Madness" – Iron Maiden
  7. "Separation" – Skin
  8. "Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune" – Debussy
  9. "The Hallelujah Chorus" – Handel
  10. "(Excerpt) Violin Concerto" – Mozart


  1. ^ "FANGORIA® - America's Horror Magazine Since 1979". Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  2. ^ "BBC News - ENTERTAINMENT - Life of Brian tops comedy poll". Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Iron Maiden - Official Website". Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  4. ^ [1] Archived 7 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Service, SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival and News. "Chemical Wedding - SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival :: May 2017". Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Iron Maiden Singer To Promote 'Chemical Wedding' DVD Release". Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  7. ^ Beth Hilton, "Iron Maiden star makes Crowley movie", Digital Spy, 31 August 2007
  8. ^ "Programmes - Error - Channel 4". 14 September 2014. Archived from the original on 14 September 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Crowley DVD Review". Retrieved 1 July 2018.

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