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Danial

I've been waiting for Cast a Deadly Spell to come out on DVD too, just because I've never seen it and want to. The Resurrected is another I'm wanting to see but haven't yet.

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Thorulfr
...studios still see HP Lovecraft as non-bankable, weird and with the story having no female characters, no love story and a tragic ending, no studio suit could understand why it needed to be made.

 

Two words, studio suits: The Thing. Remember that one? No women, no love story (no, the inflatable doll doesn't count), ending was two guys in the Antarctic winter waiting to freeze to death - made lots of money, inspired a generation of special effects technicians, and still going strong in DVD, if I am not mistaken...

 

G0ds, preaching to the choir here... Paul of Cthulhu is going to have to start charging me for soapbox time... ;o)

 

Frankly, he (Del Toro) should skip out on the American studios entirely and make it in Europe; perhaps the studio he used for 'Chronos'?

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Danial

I remember reading somewhere that The Thing didn't actually do that well at the Box Office, apparently being shadowed by E.T. (having opened 2 weeks earlier). I think it has since made up for that in rentals and VHS/DVD sales. The industry seems to base a films success on the opening weekend. I wonder how it would have fared with a different release date?

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Morganscorpion
Have you gone insane (or fell asleep) watching a film based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft (or one of his followers)?

 

If so (and if you're able), tell us all about it!

 

Craig

 

The last Lovecraftian film I watched was "Hemoglobin" which was based on "The Lurking Fear" - it had some good moments, and some creepy moments, but on the whole wasn't that good. Maybe a a 7/10 movie. The "Martense kin" special effects make up was sometimes convincing, but sometimes rather naff. I'd suggest to others to watch it, but don't expect another "Dagon".

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Mr_Lin

Incense for the Damned: Was on telly a couple of weeks ago and just got round to watching it on video. Not a pure Lovecraftian film by any means as the horror is overtly sexual. However, the basic set up is reminiscent of an old school CoC scenario: Disparate group of friends are told one of their number has been behaving strangely and has now gone missing. This entails a journey to an exotic locale (Greece) where after a few run-ins with Johnny Foreigner they discover said friend is mixed up with an evil cult which has taken up residence in an ancient fortress. Our heroes assault the fortress, give the cult a good kicking (although not without loss on their side), rescue their pal and return to blighty, only for it to all go massively pear shaped in the end.

 

Has to be said it is an absolute shambles of a film, apparently buggered about by the studio to the extent that the director disowned the whole fiasco and it was never properly finished. This is painfully evident in the first 30 minutes which are extremely disjointed and feature the most bored sounding voice over I've ever heard (Harrison Ford in Bladerunner sounds positively enthusiastic in comparison). It's a shame in a way as there is a pretty decent movie in there trying to get out, one that tries to do something different with the traditional vampire legend.

 

Worth seeing for Edward Woodward (looking exactly as he did in Callan -same suit and everything) in a droll cameo as an anthropologist who launches into a Colin Wilson style lecture on fetishism. Patrick Mower's denunciation of academia at a college dinner full of dons is also a good laugh. Connoisseurs of psychedelia and/or 70s soft core porn will also enjoy the lengthy orgy scene. Probably.

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MrCarcosa

Just finished "The Descent." The cover featured a scantily-clad woman emerging from a pool of blood, so I didn't expect much out of the movie going in. I expected a fun romp, some monsters, and some girls in wet t-shirts. What I got instead was the best, most frightening depiction of ghouls that I had ever seen.

 

The movie was incredibly dark, with san-loss, horrible inhuman monsters (they aren't shaggy like HPL ghouls, but otherwise, they're spot on), and hallucinations aplenty. It is essential to watch the British version, as the American versions have been cleaned up for a happy ending. (btw, screw American audiences. I love dark endings.) Make a point to see "The Descent" if you've ever even considered running ghouls in your game.

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Dr_Locrian
What I got instead was the best, most frightening depiction of ghouls that I had ever seen . . .

 

. . . It is essential to watch the British version, as the American versions have been cleaned up for a happy ending. (btw, screw American audiences. I love dark endings.) Make a point to see "The Descent" if you've ever even considered running ghouls in your game.

 

I loved The Descent! Whenever I hear any complaints about ghoul-ish creatures not being scary enough, I think of this movie. Yeah, you'd be terrified of creeping things in caves, no matter how few tentacles they might have!

 

And about American audiences . . . I resemble that remark! :lol: For the record, I liked the darker ending better. It's not me or my friends that demand happy endings!

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Guest squashua

Just rented Borderland from Netflix at the request of Father_Dagon.

 

Proabably watch it sometime later this week.

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Octopoid

Horrible name, but quite Lovecraftian. Witch covens in Massachussetts, very cool. No one pours on fog like they do in this film. You could choke Dracula with the amount fog they use in this film. I love it and you can see it for free.

 

http://www.archive.org/details/Horror_Hotel

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PaulFricker

Check out Malefique. A French film (with subtitles yes) about 4 guys sharing a prison cell who find a curious book hidden in the wall.

 

Great inspiration for any keeper on how to use tomes.

There has been a thread here on YS about it previously.

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CharlesDexterWard

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Two Lovecraft films recently:

 

Guardians, on Zone Horror: Erm, well there was a town that was sort of in another dimension covered in mist (cough Silent Hill/The Mist cough) some interdimensional nasties and a team of paranormal monster hunters (cough Hellboy and every other possible movie in the vein cough), and even an evil tome that makes the main character look mildly puzzled or constipated. It was pretty god awful, with very little to recommend. Except for one of the characters being called STEVEN LOVECRAFT, in that exact tone of voice. There's probably a reason Lovecraft didn't write action movies. Also: Stop showing your monsters in very bright daylight so I can see the shoddy CGI, future horror filmmakers.

 

Event Horizon, on Sci-Fi: Better, sort of. I’m not sure building your ship with the creepiest interior lighting ever is a brilliant plan on the scientists part, but whatever, this is the future, where people can jump out of airlocks into the void of space and be just peachy a minute after having all of their blood vessels pop out of their bodies. Great start, and middle, but it certainly dived at the end. Who invited Pyro from X-men for the finale, and why did the scientist suddenly have super strength. However, all the Hollywoodisation was made up for by the main character dieing, the Latin distress signal, the frozen hand out of nowhere and “We don’t need eyes where we’re going.†On the Lovecraft front, a gate to somewhere ‘beyond the universe,’ creepy hallucinations and mass insanity. My personal theory is that the gate went straight to the court of Azathoth for a seven year vacation, multiple sanity checks and open cavity buffets abound.

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Event Horizon, on Sci-Fi: Better, sort of. I’m not sure building your ship with the creepiest interior lighting ever is a brilliant plan on the scientists part, but whatever, this is the future, where people can jump out of airlocks into the void of space and be just peachy a minute after having all of their blood vessels pop out of their bodies. Great start, and middle, but it certainly dived at the end. Who invited Pyro from X-men for the finale, and why did the scientist suddenly have super strength. However, all the Hollywoodisation was made up for by the main character dieing, the Latin distress signal, the frozen hand out of nowhere and “We don’t need eyes where we’re going.†On the Lovecraft front, a gate to somewhere ‘beyond the universe,’ creepy hallucinations and mass insanity. My personal theory is that the gate went straight to the court of Azathoth for a seven year vacation, multiple sanity checks and open cavity buffets abound.

 

I heard that Event Horizon was rumored to be a Warhammer 40,000 movie precursor.

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synthboy

Maybe not Lovecraftian exactly but definitely CoC-esque: 'The Mummy'

 

Period setting? Check

Written material hazardous to health? Check

Enemy impervious to physical damage? Check

Enemy is undead magician? Check

Ancient curse? Check

Unpleasant deaths for investigators? Check

Eccentric supporting cast? Check

Secret society that turns out to be good? Check

Anachronistic strong female character? Check

 

So what if it's big, brash and more than a little cheesey? It's also heaps of fun and actually not that bad (not a comment that can be made for it's sequels).

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Guest squashua
Just rented Borderland from Netflix at the request of Father_Dagon.

 

Proabably watch it sometime later this week.

 

Father_Dagon and I watched Borderland last night.

 

It is not a mythos film, but I highly recommend it if you want to watch soem African/Haitian cult weirdness.

 

Even more recommended is the documentary special feature detailing the actual "real life incident" this movie is based on.

 

The main character gringos are somewhat annoying and semi-cliche at the start of the film, and some bad non-real-life decisions are made, but overall this one was worthy of being watched.

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synthboy

Just watched Pulse on Sky Movies. I think it was a J-Horror originally but even this remake was pretty good. With 'things' from beyond, madness and a certain inevitability to the whole thing I thought it made for quite a good modern spin on Lovecraft, even if the Mythos aren't mentioned by name. Last act is a bit 'Hollywood' (ie crap) but as a freebie or a cheap rental it wouldn't be too bad.

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HomoLupusDomesticus

Synthboy, you should definitely check out the original Japanese version of Pulse. I didn't find it particularly Lovecraftion, but it was genuinely creepy and gloomy.

 

As for The Mummy, try the 1932 original starring the legendary Boris Karloff for a far less action-focused version of the story.

 

The last Lovecraftian films I saw were Castle Freak(1995) and Lurking Fear(1994), supposedly based on the Lovecraft stories The Outsider and The Lurking Fear. Castle Freak is not at all scary but I felt oddly uncomfortable and ill-at-ease watching it, which was an... interesting experience. Lurking Fear is pretty terrible and not worth the trouble, nor your money.

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Guest squashua

Just saw Splinter on Sci-Fi Channel.

 

While billed as a Sci-Fi Original movie, based on the blanked-out audio every time they cursed, it certainly isn't.

 

It is basically an infection movie, along the same lines as 28 Days Later, but more contained and with a totally different type of infection.

 

The effects were neat, including the monster effects (efficiently gross use of bodies), but the characters and their motives were pretty weak and the acting and overall story was poor.

 

Not necessarily a Lovecraftian film, but I guess it depends on the origin of the splinter contagion and how you interpret the "monster" effects.

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Unfilmable

The last Lovecraft(ian) films I've watched were:

 

In Search of Lovecraft (2008) by David J. Hohl

Colour from the Dark (2008) by Ivan Zuccon

Beyond the Dunwich Horror (2008) by Richard Griffin

Dark Paradox (2007) by Brian Clement

The Music of Erich Zann (2009) by Gabe Bradley

H.P. Lovecraft's The Book (2008) by James Raynor

Elder Sign (2009) by Joseph Nanni

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Wraith_Form
Watching the DVD extras, I liked the filmmakers less and less and would have much enjoyed a postmodern version that did away with them.

 

 

Oh, god, yeah...that one producer with the receding hairline and the glasses was one of the most obnoxious, pretentious people I've ever seen. And I got that after all of about 45 to 60 seconds of footage.

 

The others (actors, etc) didn't seem as off-putting.

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Squidcorp

Can anyone help me with the title of a Lovecraftian film that was showing on Sci Fi Channel several months ago (I haven't had a TV since then).

 

I only caught part of it, but there was a satanic cult leader back from the dead in a Prince Valiant haircut, and the protagonist was a pretty blonde with a slight foreign accent. There was some unseen menace killing people in the woods, and maybe some zombie action as well... I saw the scene where the cult leader stops a car and tears some guy to peaces in the middle of the road...

 

Any of that ring a bell? Is it worth renting on a slow night?

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Guest squashua

Alright, everyone here has effectively failed "watch a Lovecraftian Movie" because I just did a search and not one of us has mentioned the made-for-TV-and-shown-maybe-once-in-the-US-but-available-on-DVD series "Stephen King's Rose Red"

 

And why does it fall to me to point it out?

 

One of my players told me about it when he pointed out similarities between it and a particular scenario I'm running, which is like a baby version of the movie.

 

Holy crap. I'm only 40 minutes into it and the expedition hasn't even gotten to the damn mansion yet. Granted, the movie has the typicial "acceptable Stephen King style psychic abilities" permeating the world, but don't fault it for that.

 

A professor of Parapsychology is mounting an expedition to Seattle's oldest scary mansion to validate her work. She gets a team of, like, 6 psychics together, covers the history of the mansion, etc. It's TV-style cheese, but it's got some good basic scares and and creepiness to it. I highly recommend it so far.

 

Also, it's 2 discs; I asked for the film from Netflix and they sent me both discs as one, which was a nice surprise.

 

IMDB - Rose Red

 

Also, this guy plays a so-far unimportant role that requires comeuppance, and he looks like Cillian Murphy with acne.

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HomoLupusDomesticus

As usual in Stephen King adaptations I liked the introductory part of Rose Red. Once the party arrives at the haunted house it gets sillier and more far-fetched by the minute. As usual in Stephen King adaptations the climax is a total disappointment.

 

That being said, it doesn't mean you couldn't get any neat ideas from this TV-film and some of the stuff probably would work better in a roleplaying scenario than on a TV screen.

 

For a really good haunted house film, check out The Haunting (1963). Do not, I repeat, do NOT watch the dreadful 1999 'remake'!

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ogrepuppy
As usual in Stephen King adaptations I liked the introductory part of Rose Red. Once the party arrives at the haunted house it gets sillier and more far-fetched by the minute. As usual in Stephen King adaptations the climax is a total disappointment.

 

That being said, it doesn't mean you couldn't get any neat ideas from this TV-film and some of the stuff probably would work better in a roleplaying scenario than on a TV screen.

 

For a really good haunted house film, check out The Haunting (1963). Do not, I repeat, do NOT watch the dreadful 1999 'remake'!

 

Agreed on each and all counts! (King does tend to lose steam as his projects progress, doesn't he?)

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Guest squashua

Damn. We stopped right before they went to the house, I sent the discs back (several hours!) to Netflix, and ordered them and the prequel on Amazon ($6 each). Mostly because I didn't want to hold onto Netflix discs till we could see this with Father_Dagon (who loves this sort of ****).

 

:(

 

Ah well.

 

BTW, last week's horror flick was "My Name is Bruce", in which Bruce Campbell the actor is kidnapped by a town that believes him to be Ash so he can fight off an actual demonic presence. Bruce reacts poorly.

 

Unfortunately, the campiness and goofiness of the movie is played up and it's not as good as that description. Additionally, Bruce does not act like a "real person", but rather more like every character he portrays. We agreed that if he had played it straight and had the movie attempted to be even a bit more serious, that it'd have been a lot less lousy than it was.

 

It was more like

in nature.

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