Those of you interested in seeing some classic movies that are almost Lovecraftian in tone and who get Turner Classic Movies (TCM) might be able to catch these over the next couple days leading into Halloween:
- The Innocents (1961) - A Gothic horror movie classic based on Henry James' "Turn of the Screw". "In The Turn of the Screw Henry James triumphs over his inevitable pomposity and prolixity sufficiently well to create a truly potent air of sinister menace; depicting the hideous influence of two dead and evil servants, Peter Quint and the governess Miss Jessel, over a small boy and girl who had been under their care. James is perhaps too diffuse, too unctuously urbane, and too much addicted to subtleties of speech to realise fully all the wild and devastating horror in his situations; but for all that there is a rare and mounting tide of fright, culminating in the death of the little boy, which gives the novelette a permanent place in its special class." - HPL
- Diary of a Madman (1963) - Vincent Price starring in an adaptation of Guy DeMaupassant's "The Horla", one of the many stories that influenced H.P. Lovecraft... "Relating the advent in France of an invisible being who lives on water and milk, sways the minds of others, and seems to be the vanguard of a horde of extra-terrestrial organisms arrived on earth to subjugate and overwhelm mankind, this tense narrative is perhaps without peer in its particular department." - HPL
- Curse of the Demon (1957, AKA Night of the Demon) - Based on the M.R. James story about a skeptic who falls afoul of an evil cultist; another story that influenced Lovecraft. "Dr. James, for all his light touch, evokes fright and hideousness in their most shocking forms; and will certainly stand as one of the few really creative masters in his darksome province...." - HPL
- Carnival of Souls (1962) - Cult favorite and early example of the modern "zombie movie", about a young woman who begins seeing a cult of sinister ghouls lurking around an abandoned fairground soon after a car accident.
- Little Shop of Horrors (1960) - Morbid comedy by Roger Corman about an anxious loser on Skid Row who discovers a hypnotic new variety of carnivorous plant.
- Village of the Damned (1961) - Sci-fi/Horror classic based on John Wyndham's "The Midwich Cuckoos", about a brood of creepy children born in a small English village after the villagers wake up from a mysterious period of unconsciousness and lost time.
- The Brood (1979) - Chock full of David Cronenberg's signiture body horror, a story about a woman undergoes a bizarre experimental treatment for depression and anxiety which involves giving physical form to negative emotions.
- Poltergeist (1982) - Classic 1980s haunted house story, with the house haunted by something only a step or two away from a Lovecraftian horror, unsettlingly appearing in an everyday suburban tract house....
- The Haunting (1963) - Gothic horror classic based on Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House", one of the inspirations for the classic CoC scenario, "The Haunting"; Jackson's eerie narration, reproduced faithfully in the movie, does a better job at hinting at the diseased angles and spaces of Lovecraft's cosmic horror than most movies based directly on Lovecraft's stories....
I've enjoyed watching most of the older movies here from the 1950s and 1960s many times since childhood and recommend those particularly highly, so hopefully there are more treats here for you than tricks, and hopefully there are one or two movies there that are new to you