A few films based on H.P. Lovecraft’s Work
Tell me honestly, are you surprised that I have produced another Lovecraft article? Well if you are, then you must be new here. If not, welcome to another Lovecraftian feast.
H.P. Lovecraft’s: Necronomicon, original title Necronomicon, also called Necronomicon: Book of the Dead or Necronomicon: To Hell and Back. (1993) (Thank you Wikipedia).
Now this is obviously the most logical place to begin with my Lovecraftian article. In this film H.P. Lovecraft (Jeffrey Combs) gains access to the mysterious Necronomicon. He delves ever deep into its haunting pages as a myriad of ghastly stories play out before his eyes. If you adore Lovecraft then this is a film worthy of your collection. It simply oozes horror.
This is the purest of all Lovecraft inspired films. In fact I’d go so far as to say that it beats the others hands down. In this film a young scientist (Jeffrey Combs) discovers a way to raise the dead. Obviously everything goes to pot as soon as the corpses begin to move.
FUN FACT: Jeffrey Combs has appeared in more Lovecraft films than any other actor essentially making himself the go-to chap for Lovecraft cinema.
So we have looked at this film some years ago, but I thought we’d look at it again. In this rather decent Lovecraftian film we are taken, on a shoestring budget, through a world of horror, mystery and suspense. Like many Lovecraftian films this one is based off of “The Shadows Over Innsmouth.”
Social Fact: This is one of the few films to feature a gay protagonist.
The Call of Cthulhu (2005)
Now I am certain that many of you will reject this film out of hand simply because it is a silent, black-and-white film. But I, as is my praxis, adore this film. Not only is it the most true telling of Lovecraft’s work, (There are a handful of changes.) but it is perhaps the most powerful of all Lovecraftian films. The very nature of the faux 1920’s era cinematography allows the film to grab you on a quite different level than many “modern” horror films. Not only that, but it was produced with such a passion that any lover of Lovecraft cannot help but smile upon watching this unique video experience.
And there you have it… for now.