The Thing on the Doorstep (2014 film)

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Summary

"The Thing on the Doorstep (fiction)". The Thing On The Doorstep is a new psychological horror film based on the short story by H.P. Lovecraft. Daniel Upton's relationship with his friend Edward Derby is abruptly changed after Edward becomes romantically involved with Asenath Waite, a hypnotist with an odd reputation. As Edward's behavior becomes more erratic and events unexplainable, Daniel investigates. Is it madness...or something far more terrifying?

Details

  • Release Date: 2012
  • Country/Language: USA, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror
  • Runtime: 1 hr 17 min
  • Starring: Mary Jane Hansen, Rob Dalton, David Bunce, Ron Komora, Susan Cicarelli-Caputo
  • Director: Tom Gliserman
  • Writer: H.P. Lovecraft (original story), K.L. Young
  • Producer/Production Co: GreyHouse Productions, Will Severin
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • View Site: (link)
  • IMDB: (link)


Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (none) (probably "PG" for mild Violence, Adult Content?)

Only very mild violence, and very little (if any) adult content, language, etc., relying more on subtle psychological horror than gore and shock elements....

Tentacle Ratings

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

  • SSSS_ (Three Tentacles: Lovecraftian)

This is a reasonably faithful film adaptation of Lovecraft's story - no major details appear to have been changed, a few background details were naturally omitted from the film (they wouldn't have translated well to film anyway), and very little was added (the narrator character gains a wife in the film, but mostly for the purpose of serving as an audience surrogate to explain plot points to, or to hear key background details from, making up for the collection of rumors and such that the narrator provided in the story in the form of a confession, which made the film flow better than it might have if, for example, filmed as an interrogation in the police department with the film's main action in flashbacks....)

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:

  • HorrorNews dot-net, (link) - "...Those willing to let a few missteps slide and enjoy the low-tech artistry on display will likely be pleased...."
  • Y.Whateley - "3/5 - Much better than I feared it would be; in fact, the film ended up building up a lot of good will with me, a nice, competent low-budget psychological horror film that treats the source material respectfully and gets the job done without overplaying the potentially lurid shocks elements (if anything, Lovecraft's story was gorier and more explicit in its adult content!) This is (so far) the only film version of the story that I've seen, but I have a feeling this will probably be the best film adaptation of this story."


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The Thing On The Doorstep is a new psychological horror film based on the short story by H.P. Lovecraft. Daniel Upton's relationship with his friend Edward Derby is abruptly changed after Edward becomes romantically involved with Asenath Waite, a hypnotist with an odd reputation. As Edward's behavior becomes more erratic and events unexplainable, Daniel investigates. Is it madness...or something far more terrifying?


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