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Rookery

Saw A Dark Song over the weekend. A nice piece of occult creepiness, about a woman who rents a cottage in the Welsh backwaters to have a specialist conduct a ritual for her. Some good tips on making a ritual seem appropriately big, strange and weird rather than just being a recipe - there was a sense of danger throughout.

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yockenthwaite

Thank you to all who responded to my query about Die, Monster, Die. I suspect I'll enjoy it - I have a very high tolerance for a certain style of not great horror movie! But I won't bump it to the top of my rental list. Will see it sometime, but no rush. Thanks again!

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MonkeyPrime

I watched the Krampus on Netflix (2015 film). I thought it was very good, a bit silly, at times very funny but a definite Lovecraftian vibe with the Krampus having a slightly elder god feel to it. The ending is quite bleak and is open to discussion about what ultimately happens to them.

 

Did worry slightly about the presence of the toddler as a new Dad, have found myself getting very skittish about babies in peril!

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ZenWired

Watched The Void on Netflix yesterday - a nice, modern spin on a very 80's-esque horror movie style (John Carpenter's The Thing, etc.), and very, very much a contemporary Mythos movie - replete with creepy cultists, tentacled terrors, gates to Other Worlds, and doomed protagonists.

 

I dare say it's the best "Lovecraftian" film I've seen in a long time.

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yronimoswhateley

I do hope other folks have been checking out AMC's "The Terror" (Trailer 1, Trailer 2), and enjoying it as much as I am!

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Nick Storm

yep...glued to 'the terror'. VERY good start. Great timing after the last episode of the Alienist.

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AdamAlexander

Another thumbs up for The Ritual!

Really liked The Ritual movie and loved the book.

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BalSogoth

Thumbs up for "The Terror" so far.  I watched Slither (with Nathan Fillian) and Thir13en Ghosts (with Tony Shalhoub and Shannon Elizabeth) recently for inspiration on gaming, loved them.  I imagine these movies may have shown up earlier in this thread as they are older movies.  Definitely worth watching.  

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yronimoswhateley

Good call especially on Thir13en Ghosts - I'm not familiar with the remake, but at least the black-and-white original was a lot of fun, and a couple of those "ghosts" were pretty weird.... in an RPG genre that takes "ghost buster" characters for granted, the idea of an eccentric cultist or ex-investigator leaving his collection of spirits as inheritance for the next generation to take care of seems like a sound place to start on cooking up at least a scenario's worth of weird, otherworldly spooks, and the goggles that allow characters to see ghosts are a neat pulp-Cthulhu mad science plot device.

 

In fact, I think most of those goofy, gimmicky old William Castle productions were great Call of Cthulhu material - The Tingler (about a doctor's discovery of a creepy parasitic creature that thrives on fear and is repelled by screams) and House on Haunted Hill (in which an eccentric millionaire offers a random selection of party guests a huge amount of money to spend the night in a haunted house) were a couple other great ones to loot some scenario ideas from.

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Tony Williams

A note to UK residents - The Ritual ( mentioned above ) is available for free at the moment for Amazon Prime members.

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Mr_Lin

Short film "The Fisherman". Eponymous protagonist fights extra-terrestrial tentacle beast on his boat.  At the risk of bubbling a major spoiler it's fair to say he wins the battle but loses the war.  Spanish production but filmed in Hong Kong with asian actors and sub-titled dialogue. 

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Rookery

On the recommendation of this thread, I saw The Ritual recently and thoroughly enjoyed it as a creepy Mythosy movie. Thanks thread.

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Rookery

It's not especially Lovecraftian, but has anyone seen Ghost Stories (Andy Nyman) - the movie - adapted from the stage play. Very creepy.

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eternalchampion

I also saw "The ritual", it is truly like a CoC scenario. As a movie is quite good and enjoyable, but although it builds up the tension very well it becomes a bit sluggish after the "main revelation" and kind of circles around it self. Anyway, it might not be perfect but it certainly worths watching.

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yronimoswhateley

Some of you might enjoy the films Resolution (2012), Spring (2014), and The Endless (2017):  three surreal, character-driven dark fantasy films made by the same creators, and apparently all set in the same universe.

  • In Resolution, a man ties up his best friend in an eerie cabin in the woods as part of an intervention to force his friend, a drug addict, to get sober. The situation starts out bad, but gets worse as weird strangers, fragments of apocalyptic tomes, dark omens, and other strange things begin turning up at the cabin.
  • In Spring, a young man in a personal tailspin flees the US to Italy, where he sparks up a romance with a woman harboring a dark, primordial secret.
  • in The Endless, two brothers return to the UFO cult they fled from years ago to discover that the group's beliefs may be more sane than they once thought.

Taken together, the three movies would rate a bit less than a 2 out of 5 on my informal "Lovecraftian" film scale, but they do all seem to be set in a dark world of sinister primordial forces in control of time and space, tentacle monsters, weird cults, strange astronomical events, and sinister omens, and at least one of films quotes from Lovecraft and references the writer in a background conversation, and they're close enough in effect and spirit that I'd recommend them to anyone that enjoys this sort of rambling, surreal art-fantasy/horror film about weird and unexplained things happening to characters isolated in a strange wilderness.

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