Oh, my sister and I went on a "bad" Lovecraft movie kick several years ago after seeing "Dagon", and watched "The Shuttered Room", "The Dunwich Horror", "The Haunted Palace", "Die, Monster, Die", "Necronomicon: Book of the Dead", "Re-Animator", "From Beyond", and "The Unnameable" all at just about the same time over a week or two (and not in that order).
I remember we'd started the movie-marathon with "The Shuttered Room", which was kind of fortunate. It was the first time I'd seen it since the 1980s, the first time she'd ever seen it, and neither of us had very high expectations. I remembered enjoying it alright, but you're so right: I think its heart was mostly in the right place, but it definitely needed a proper monster. It had a little atmosphere, but didn't have anything to back it up with, and felt very much like a no-budget 1970s or 1980s made-for-TV "shocker".
We'd followed that with "Die, Monster, Die", which even poor Boris Karloff and some fun mutant vegetable effects couldn't inject very much humor, energy, or cosmic dread into. "Re-Animator" and "From Beyond", of course, delivered on the monsters, energy, humor, and sheer awfulness (if not proper dread) in a way that ended up keeping us in the right popcorn-throwing spirit to finish up the movie-marathon through the mixed bag of other movies.
Glad you liked the Halloween film list, Aklo!
Some under-the-radar movies I've seen recently that suggested to me more or less some Lovecraft weirdness (YMMV):
- House by the Lake (2017) - A troubled family moves to the titular house by the lake, where their young daughter's imaginary friend begins to have a menacing influence over the family.... (I didn't have very high expectations for this one, but it ended up being a nice, weird, atmospheric, slow-burn of a thing that struck me as an interesting take on a popular Lovecraft creature.)
- Nightworld (2016) - A retired police detective moves to Bulgaria to take a job as a night watchman in a creepy old building which stands over the gate to the Nightworld, a place where the dead and something worse - a horror from before the time of man - have been sealed away by a cult of alchemists....
- Residue (2017) - The basic story (private detective finds a creepy tome and weird things begin happening when he reads it) is familiar enough from standard-issue Lovecraft pastiche to almost be unnecessary, but the cast (especially Matt "Max Headroom" Frewer and William B. "Cigarette Smoking man" Davis) helped make this movie a lot more fun than it perhaps should have been. (For some reason, this one reminded me of a more restrained, lower-budgeted John Dies at the End....)
- Strange Aeons: The Thing on the Doorstep (2005) - A fairly faithful but workman-like adaptation of the original Lovecraft story, with most of the usual suspects for bad Lovecraft film adaptations on display (updated to the modern era, a "romantic" subplot, and some nudity and weird sex tossed in, but strangely no house burning down in the end....) I ended up enjoying it anyway, and consider it one of the better adaptations of its kind (it probably doesn't hurt that the "romantic" angle and implications of weird sexual content were actually originally present in Lovecraft's story for a change!), and think it sits somewhere comfortably between the extremes of some recent ultra-faithful amateur period film adaptations, and the over-the-top schlock of low-budget exploitation 1980s Lovecraft adaptations.
Edited by yronimoswhateley, 26 December 2017 - 10:05 PM.