Lightning Field (1991 film)
The Lightning Field 1991, AKA The Lightning Incident
"To free her child, she must harness a power of of unspeakable fury." McKeon's baby is kidnapped by a devil-worshipping cult and she uses her new-found psychic abilities to track them down.
- Release Date: 1991
- Country/Language: USA, English
- Genres/Technical: Suspense, Horror, Fantasy, made-for-TV
- Setting: Modern (1980s) Arizona USA
- Runtime: 1 hr 26 min
- Starring: Nancy McKeon, Dave Adams, George Aguilar
- Director: Michael Switzer
- Writer: Michael Murray
- Producer/Production Co: Mark Gordon, Wilshire Court Productions
- View Trailer: (link)
- View Film: (link)
- IMDB Page: (link)
- Rated: R (Violence, mild Profanity and Adult Content)
A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:
- S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)
This is not a directly "Lovecraftian" movie, but the native cult, mad science conspiracy premise to the background story, psychic powers, curse of a salamander-lightning-demon, unnatural child, and picturesque lightning project would all seem to suggest some interesting possibilities for use in a more Lovecraftian scenario than that presented in the film.
Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.
- Plot summary at RottenTomatoes.com (link)
- Review by Amanda Reyes at Made for TV Mayhem (link) - "While I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy the 1991 thriller The Lightning Field for its slow burn pace, gorgeous locales and somewhat intriguing story, it still comes across a tele-flick that was ripped off from several different sources."
Spoiler Section (Highlight to Read)
A pregnant woman working on a bizarre art/sculpture/research project begins experiencing a strange psychic connection to members of a salamander-lightning-demon cult who are planning to kidnap the baby in revenge for the deadly and horrifying side-effects of an experimental vaccine/biological weapon the woman's estranged missionary mother tested on the cult's impoverished Native American founders in the Mexico desert, leaving the entire tribe sterile.
Comments, Trivia, Dedication
- The film was inspired by the bizarre "Lightning Field" land-art-sculpture project, constructed in 1977, and consisting of a large number of metal poles cemented into the ground in a remote part of New Mexico; only a half-dozen spectators are allowed to see the sculpture at a time under heavily controlled conditions, and few people have actually seen the sculpture under ideal weather conditions; those who have compare it to a mystical experience. (link)
Associated Mythos Elements
- race: Human Cultists
- cult: lightning-salamander cult (perhaps compare loosely to Tsathoggua's cult, or that of Tulzscha or Cthugha?)