Lovecraft Films

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For those of you who are looking for a little extra Lovecraft I am going to compile a list of Lovecraft or Lovecraft related movies and short films. Obviously this list can’t possibly contain every short film and independent project available to the Lovecraft fan but I will try my best to add them as time allows.


 

CoC_MovieTitle – The Call of Cthulhu
Production Company – The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society
Year – 2005

I’m going to kick off the list with perhaps the greatest Lovecraft movie of all time. There have been other movies with bigger budgets but none of them have ever stayed as true to the source material as the HPLHS did with their first offering. If you haven’t seen this movie yet there is something horribly wrong with you. Stop reading this and go watch it… Okay so I was right wasn’t I? AWESOME!!!

First of all I should point out that this is a silent film. A lot of people might be turned off by this but there is a very good reason for it. The HPLHS made this movie in the style of films that would have been released around the same time that Lovecraft wrote The Call of Cthulhu. That means it’s black & white, silent and doesn’t have any modern special effects (However I do believe they use a green screen fairly often in the film.) But we won’t hold that against them.

The film itself follows the original story fairly close with a few liberties taken from time to time for the sake of building a more “movie-like” narrative. Even with a shoestring budget of only about $50,000 the cast and crew do a fantastic job. Claymation, glitter, fog machines and miniature props all make the movie incredibly charming and enjoyable. You might laugh at some of the scenes but in the end you will come away loving every minute of this movie, cheesy effects and all. Because if nothing else you can tell this movie was made with love.

 

Visit the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society here… www.cthulhulives.org and see what other great things they have to offer.


lastlovecraftdvdTitle – The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu
Production Company – Outlaw Films
Year – 2009

Before anyone flips out and decides to rip me a new one over this movie… I think it’s awesome! No it doesn’t follow much of Lovecraft’s canon or even logic at times but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad movie. The Last Lovecraft is kind of like the “Hangover” of Lovecraft films and if you can’t relax your delicate sensitivities long enough to laugh at the jokes you probably won’t like this movie much.

Yes the acting is bad at times. Yes the special effects and costumes are low budget but that’s part of the charm of this movie. To be completely honest with you, the first time I watched it I was a little disappointed. I almost wrote it off as one of the many “crap” Lovecraft movies out there. But then a few months later I watched it again, (I believe I was sick with the flu or something.) so I decided to give it another chance. It dawned on me about half way into the film that they weren’t really making fun of Lovecraft, they weren’t laughing at him but with him. The jokes and the silliness of it all are done with a loving respect that you only get from someone who truly appreciates something enough to poke fun at it. We have all poked fun at the ideas that Lovecraft created. We have all joked about names or nameless things or fish,frog people…”You boys ever been fish raped?”; to quote the movie.

So if you have already seen The Last Lovecraft and didn’t care for it I would suggest watching it again. Look at it for what it is, lighthearted fun poking at the sacred cows of the Cthulhu Mythos, Not to make fun of them but to have FUN with them. If you haven’t seen it yet, go in with an open mind and don’t expect amazing cinema… It’s just a comedy, don’t look beyond that and you will be fine.

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Published on August 19, 2014 at 12:31 AM  Leave a Comment  

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