The Testimony of Randolph Carter (1987 short)

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Summary

One of the original accurate fan-film Lovecraft adaptations, this version of "The Statement of Randolph Carter (fiction)" tells in flashbacks the story of Randolph Carter, blamed for the disappearance of his friend Harley Warren, following an ill-fated expedition to a cemetery at night under the guidance of an unearthly book. Harley Warren leaves Carter at the mouth of an open crypt, and descends inside, never to be seen by human eyes again....

Details

  • Release Date: 1987, et.al.
  • Country/Language: USA, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror
  • Runtime: 53 min (in original version)
  • Starring: Darrell Tyler, Sean Branney, Phil Bell, Judy Ruha, William Mark Hulings, and Joseph Reorda
  • Director: Andrew Lehman
  • Writer: H.P. Lovecraft (original story)
  • Producer/Production Co: H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society (HPLHS)
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • Film Website: (link)

Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (none) (perhaps the equivalent of a "G" or "PG"?)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • SSSS_ (Four Tentacles: Unusually Lovecraftian; a remarkably faithful adaptation)

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • Fright-dot-com, (link) - "This [original version] is very much an amateur effort, meaning allowances will have to be made for the performances by non-professional cast members (which are, truth be told, far better than you might expect) and low rent video photography (which is again far above average for this sort of fare....) What I can complain about is the deadly slow pacing...."


Synopsis

One of the original accurate fan-film Lovecraft adaptations, this version of "The Statement of Randolph Carter (fiction)" tells in flashbacks the story of Randolph Carter, blamed for the disappearance of his friend Harley Warren, following an ill-fated expedition to a cemetery at night under the guidance of an unearthly book. Harley Warren leaves Carter at the mouth of an open crypt, and descends inside, never to be seen by human eyes again....


Notes

Comments, Trivia, Dedication

  • A new, shorter version (will filler/padding edited out and a new soundtrack) is planned to be released by the HPLHS.


Associated Mythos Elements