I don't know, I actually enjoy Dagon
, From Beyond
, The Unnameable
, and the rest of those sleazy 1970s-1990s exploitation takes on Lovecraft's material, even while granting that Lovecraft is probably rolling in his grave over them. I was mortified by the whole thing the first time I saw Re-Animator
, but I've warmed up to it a bit since then, as a sort of over-the-top extension of the foundations laid by Hammer films and Roger Corman's American International Pictures; one of those "necessary(?) evils" that seem to come as part of the genre's unfortunate baggage, along with the "racism", misanthropy, gynophobia, and general xenophobia found in much of the original fiction. In many ways, Dagon
(2010) was one of the more faithful adaptations of this sort, in spite of the setting being transferred to modern-day Spain from the story's 1920s New England.
On the other hand, the degree to which a film is faithful
to its source material is not necessarily the same as whether or not it's a good
or even I film, and I do make an effort to try to make that clear with my ad-hoc rating system: it's not intended to be a measure of the film's quality as a work of art or entertainment.
Ultimately, though, the most faithful adaptations of Lovecraft's stories that I've seen have been those little do-it-yourself art film projects made by fans, for fans, with a couple of the films made by the HPLHS
being some of the bigger-budgeted examples (there have been many, many more or less faithful do-it-yourself, short-subject adaptations of "The Outsider", "The Music of Eric Zann", "The Statement of Randolph Carter", and "From Beyond" over the years, and a couple of the many I've actually seen have even been both good and faithful!)
In any case, thanks to the feedback and debate in this and other threads, I think I've been able to describe the handles from Martyrs
, Under the Skin
, Europa Report
, and The VVitch
that individual viewers might find "Lovecraftian" enough to make the effort of mentioning and defending these films as "Lovecraftian film suggestions", so that other viewers, commentators, critics, researchers, etc. can make more informed decisions when bundling up a handful of "Lovecraftian" films for whatever different reasons they have. When it comes to these "One-Tentacle Films", I think it'll be a lot easier to decide whether or not to ignore these films, based on whether or not those handles seem convincingly "Lovecraftian enough".