H.P. Lovecraft and Cthulhu

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Thursday, January 16, 2020 9:36 PM


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I know next to nothing about the writer or this creation. This coming from one fairly steeped in Tolkien lore, as well as a fan of the kaiju genre.

Lovecraft writes horror, form what I understand.

I'm not a fan of horror.

So, those who have delved into Lovecraft and Cthulhu, what are your thoughts? What do you like / dislike about the whole Lovecraftian world? Why do you like or hate it?

I know Underwater is greatly influenced by a Cthulhu like creature. The director even said so. ) And I'm hearing there's more movies coming down the pike, directly from Lovecraft's works.


Wednesday, January 22, 2020 9:25 AM


... stay crunchy...

Not sure if this is even the same story, but the title is the same:

The whole movie if you are interested.

And holy cow, there are a ton of movies that seem to only make it on YouTube (see the side bar when watching on YouTube).

Not a Poe fan or Lovecraft or horror genre film fan - at least in movies - so I need to be convinced to watch it. I do want to see Underwater though - just curious.


Friday, March 6, 2020 11:37 AM


I don't delve outside of the RWED or Cinema thread that much. I didn't even notice you made this post, probably quite a bit before we talked about it.

Did you ever watch Dagon or In the Mouth of Madness?

I love the idea of people making more Lovecraft movies, but they're usually really, really bad. The blame commonly goes to the low production budgets, but really, a director in Hollywood today doesn't even pop in my mind who would do the work justice, and it would probably be twisted somehow into their agenda to boot.

I can't remember... were you a fan of The Thing? Carpenter's version, of course.

Much of that was inspired by Lovecraft, although it doesn't have the direct parallels to his work that In the Mouth of Madness did.

Artist H. R. Giger was influenced by Lovecraft as well. He's most well known for the Xenomorph design in Aliens, but has done a lot of paintings and sculptures of his own not seen in movies, as well as a lot of work for musicians over the years.

He also did all the artwork for a game series for DOS back in the day called Dark Seed. Which was an adventure style game like Maniac Mansion or King's Quest, but with a very dark and adult theme not suitable for children, that is also itself somewhat related to Lovecraftian Horror.

I think to TRULY capture the Lovecraftian experience on screen, you'd need a Jokeresque type performance and direction. Nobody has really done that yet.

I mean, I loved In the Mouth of Madness, but I was like 11 or 12 when I first saw that, and much more easily phased by what I saw on screen.

I really liked Dagon, but that's because so many of the parts of the movie were like watching some of the most intense action sequences from the XBox game Call of Cthulhu which I loved years before I saw the movie.

I'm sure with the right direction, casting and acting that somebody could finally do it, but I also think that Lovecraft's works today are much more suitable for the agency and immersion that can take place while playing them in a game rather than being a passenger while watching it on screen.

Do Right, Be Right. :)


Friday, March 6, 2020 11:11 PM


The Joss Whedon script for Serenity, where Wash lives, is Serenity-190pages.pdf at www.mediafire.com/folder/1uwh75oa407q8/Firefly


I think to TRULY capture the Lovecraftian experience on screen, you'd need a Jokeresque type performance and direction. Nobody has really done that yet.
Nicholas Cage gave that Joker level performance in Color Out of Space (2019), a Lovecraft story.

www.rottentomatoes.com/m/color_out_of_space 82% (For comparison, Joker is 88% with audiences )

www.moriareviews.com/horror/color-out-of-space-2019.htm 3.5 stars out of 5 (For comparison, Joker is 4 stars )


For fans of Lovecraft, this may well be the most successful attempt to bring his warped writings to the screen, and is definitely up there with Stuart Gordon's Dagon and Dreams in the Witch House –the most loyal conversions to date (it's thrilling news indeed that Stanley gets to do this again with a new take on Lovecraft's The Dunwich Horror). But for audiences who don't know the books, this is a bracing, blasphemous horror that pulls you in and twists your nerves.

Past the surface flaws of Color Out of Space, there are shiny Cage diamonds to be found, such as a scene in which the actor hovers over the lily white corpse of his wife, who struggles to breathe, having just consumed her youngest child back inside her womb. Cage feels really torn up, so he intermittently points a shotgun at her head between some very sensual open-mouthed kissing, and I guess I will never not be down for that. Sound the gong of transcendent Nicolas Cage weirdness, Color Out of Space gets 3.5 alpacas from me!
Wondering what that "3.5 alpacas" means? The next review from The New Yorker explains. www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/film/reviews/article-richard-stanleys-col

To say that Nicolas Cage seems unhinged in his new movie, “Color Out of Space,” is to give nothing away. Many moons have waxed and waned, after all, since Cage last gave a performance that could accurately be described as hinged. No longer content with alarming us, he now takes himself by surprise, much as Peter Lorre—a previous master of the wild-eyed—used to give himself the shivers. What distinguishes the latest Cage freak-out is the care with which it’s paced; not until halfway through does he start to lose his hinge, and, even when his face is sprayed with blood, he keeps his glasses on, as if hoping to settle down with a book. Oh, and, if you’ve always wanted to watch him milk an alpaca, your time has come.


H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) was a writer who casts a giant shadow over horror fiction. Lovecraft led a strange and closeted life. He only once ever moved out of Providence, Rhode Island where he was born. He published in pulp magazines of the day but rarely made any money from his writing and was never recognised outside of certain pulp magazines circles during the period he wrote. He lived on an inheritance for many years before being reduced to poverty and was unable to hold a job. He was a reactionary who hated the 20th Century and industrialisations and a noted Anglophile with some decidedly dubious racial views. And yet he produced a body of work – some 60 short stories and novellas and four novels, plus assorted poetry and a vast volume of correspondence with other authors who in turn borrowed from his mythos and ideas. Most of Lovecraft’s wider recognition comes as a result of his friend August Derleth who launched Arkham House and republished all of Lovecraft’s work.

What comes through Lovecraft’s work is a sense of fear and the uncanny – of scientists and questors after forbidden knowledge; of ancient civilisations fallen due to miscegenation with non-human creatures; narrators who encounter horrors that have broken their minds. Lovecraft described a place in New England and invented towns (Dunwich, Arkham, Innsmouth, The Miskatonic University) that have caught on with readers who other writers who refer to these in their works. Lovecraft’s most important contribution was the invention of the pantheon of Elder Gods with consonant-challenging names like Yog-Sothoth, Nyarlatotep and especially Cthulhu, and a sense of cosmic horror where Earth is a tiny island of ignorance surrounded by vast, all-powerful entities that lie slumbering or waiting to be called and whose very sight alone can drive a man insane. Lovecraft’s work is so distinctive that it has been pastiched and parodied by numerous other writers including Robert Bloch, Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore and Stephen King to name but the most famous.

There have been a great number of Lovecraft films made, particularly since the success of Re-Animator (1985) in the 1980s. (See below for a full list of H.P. Lovecraft adaptations). Re-Animator unfortunately stuck Lovecraft adaptations with a particular style – gore-drenched with lots of slime and creature effects. However, this is the antithesis of the actual mood of Lovecraft whose horrors are not all in your face but ‘indescribable’ in their monstrousness. What most of the films miss is the mood of dread and cosmic horror – the few films that capture the essence of Lovecraft have not been direct adaptations but homages like John Carpenter’s In the Mouth of Madness (1995) and Steven Kostanki’s The Void (2016).

Lovecraft’s The Colour Out of Space (1927) is a short story that runs to just over 12,000 words. This has been filmed several times – as the staid Die, Monster, Die!/Monster of Terror (1965) with Boris Karloff as the family patriarch and the terrible The Curse (1987) starring Wil Wheaton, which overran the show with cheap goo effects. In more recent years, we have had a couple of indie productions with Colour Out of the Dark (2008) and The Color (2010).


Download Color Out of Space


The Joss Whedon script for Serenity, where Wash lives, is Serenity-190pages.pdf at www.mediafire.com/folder/1uwh75oa407q8/Firefly






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