Films Big Dumb List

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This is the "big, dumb list" of "Lovecraftian" movies that Yronimos Whateley is in the process of cataloguing in the Wiki. It's "big", and it's "dumb" because if Yronimos were smart, he'd never have started undertaking such a mad task.

The list was generated largely by mining several lists of suggestions made to Cthulhu-themed internet discussion boards in response to questions about "Lovecraftian" films. It's also (currently) unorganized - it's mostly listed roughly in the order that Yronimos felt like adding them to the catalogue in, without regard to date, alphabetical order, or any other system of sorting. A much-needed index is on the "to do" list, but not yet started.

Want to Help?

Want to help, but do not feel like creating your own entry from scratch? See the "Catalogued" section below for films that interest you - most catalogued films in that section could really use the following added to their pages:

  • REVIEWS: Graham has helped a great deal with adding reviews to film pages, but many film pages could probably still use some additional review links...
    • REVIEWS, EXISTING: Links to reviews needed! Especially reviews from a "Lovecraftian" angle; films reviewed in "Lovecraft film marathons" or on Lovecraft-themed sites are ideal; reviews from general horror-themed sites are OK, reviews written by YSDC members (maybe by YOU) are awesome!
    • REVIEWS, NEW: If you've never seen a film before and want to track it down and watch it, feel free to blog your own review of the film, and add a link to your review on the film's page. (YSDC has some great reviewers, I just haven't been able to concentrate on tracking their reviews down!)
  • SYNOPSES: Very few of these film pages include detailed plot synopses. Feel free to expand the Synopsis section of your favorite film with an original, more detailed play-by-play of the plot.
  • ASSOCIATED MYTHOS ELEMENTS: Whenever possible, in this section I try to mention "Lovecraftian" elements that appear in the film, like tomes, creatures, deities, etc. Sometimes, I forget some elements and miss others for films I have seen, or I just don't know what elements appear in films I've never seen. In rare cases, films will include tomes, creatures, gods, etc. that I don't recognize. If you notice anything missing from the "Associated Mythos Elements" section, feel free to add them.
  • KEEPER NOTES: If you've used a film as a basis for an RPG scenario before, feel free to add suggestions and advice to the "Keeper Notes" suggestion describing ways the film can be adapted to adventures for Call of Cthulhu, Delta Green, etc. I hope to include such notes for every film eventually, but they tend to be time-consuming to write from scratch.

The following might also be fixed on older pages or in future projects:

  • add indexes of films:
    • a master index with better organization than the "big dumb film list" (I wish I'd picked a better name for that page in retrospect!)
    • movie suggestion guides by categories ("I'm in the mood for... Films with tentacles in them!" See: Category:Film:TentacleMonster")
  • improve categorization -
    • I've added a number of film categories since the Lovecraftian film project began, and earlier film pages do not yet include them
    • new categories for films by decade: 1950s, ..., 1990s; Contemporary; and, a single category for anything from before the 1950s (there wouldn't be very many)
    • alternatively, categories for films by style/sub-genre/technical: Found Footage, 1980s Horror, Made-for-TV, 1950s Paranoia, Weird Western, Weird World War (which seems to be a subset of the so-called "eldritch location" films)...
    • there should perhaps be a category for films with downer endings - it has just sunk in that I've been told that is a criteria used by some people for considering a film "Lovecraftian", and I didn't consciously notice!
    • in retrospect, "eldritch location" does not precisely capture the essence of the sort of film I was trying to describe - when I think of a better name for this category, it'll take some work to re-categorize the numerous surreal, nightmarish films categorized there
  • add setting details
  • add TVTropes and IMDB links
  • all films could probably use an improved rundown on associated Lovecraftian elements included in the film (especially RPG setting, creatures, tomes, etc.)
  • add "Keeper Notes" with suggested RPG story-starters based on the film

Film Catagories:

  • Template and Categories for Films and reviews, plus a "Lovecraftian" rating system:
    • Created Tentacle Ratings system
    • Category:Film:General
    • Category:Film:Franchise
    • Category:Film:Film
    • Category:Film:Short
    • Category:Film:Series_or_Serial
    • Numerous other categories by type of "Lovecraftian" content, style, etc. (see template)


  • Tentacle Rating overview: (link)
  • Film Page Template: (link)

In Progress


Backlog: Unfiltered Animations and Shorts

I haven't gone through these yet at all; they seem to be a mix of short-subject films, anthologies, cartoons (which range from episodes imitating Lovecraft's fiction, to episodes that might have a Lovecraft reference as a punch-line somewhere), British made-for-tv miniseries, and TV movies that might (or might not) have a minimal, tangential relation to "Lovecraftian" horror:

TV movies that are apparently not Lovecraftian, but perhaps useful - moved to Backlog for future consideration:

Perhaps a page for some Harryhausen adventures, and a handful of other sword-and-sandal style things (pages for some of these already exist)?

I couldn't really figure out the "Lovecraftian" angle on the following films that I've seen suggested as "Lovecraftian", placed in backlog for future reexamination:

Audio Books, Radio Plays, & Other Audio-Adaptations

Not Yet Released

Not Released Yet:



In no particular order:

Catalogued Shorts: