The Runestone

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The Runestone
Movie poster
Directed by Willard Carroll
Produced by Harry E. Gould Jr.
Joe Michael Terry
Thomas L. Wilhite
Written by Willard Carroll
Starring Peter Riegert
Joan Severance
William Hickey
Alexander Godunov
Music by David Newman
Distributed by LIVE Entertainment
Release date
  • 1991 (1991)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Runestone is an American 1991 adventure/horror film, the first film written and directed by Willard Carroll. The film is an updating of the Ragnarok legend, with Fenrir being found in a runestone in Pennsylvania unearthed by archaeologists. The film is based upon the novel by Mark E. Rogers, which was published in a small press limited edition pamphlet.


Deep in a coal mine in Pennsylvania, a strange stone is found with Norse runes. The stone is transported to NYC, where some archeologists investigate the mystery. Death and destruction follow, as one of the archeologists becomes possessed, and begins killing everyone around him. Sam Stewart and wife Marla (Joan Severance) find it has some connection to their friend Martin. A young boy named Jacob (Chris Young) is haunted by terrifying nightmares of what is to come, and his grandfather (William Hickey) explains these dreams through stories from Norse legend, which says that the only one who can destroy Fenrir is Týr, the Norse god of single combat, victory and heroic glory, who is prophesied to return to fight the creature. In the nick of time, the mystical Clockmaker (Alexander Godunov), who actually is Týr, one-handed Norse God of combat, begins fighting Fenrir. The film cast includes Peter Riegert as a Pez popping, cussing policeman, and features a cameo by composer David Newman as a police officer named Strange.


The film was released on VHS and laserdisc in the United States by Live Home Video in 1991.[1] As of 2011, the film has not been officially released on DVD.


In March, 2010, Perseverance Records released the soundtrack album with music by David Newman which its score was a reminiscent of the 50s B-movie scores composed by Henry Mancini such as The Creature from the Black Lagoon and Tarantula.


  1. ^ "Company Credits for The Runestone". Retrieved 2011-04-15. 

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