Lovecraft in Film: Lovecraft Movies – Part 2

Lovecraft in Film: Lovecraft Movies – Part 2

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Many have attempted to do the works of H.P. Lovecraft justice in film, unfortunately not everyone has been able to succeed, from failed projects to B movies. Here is our list of Lovecraft movies you can enjoy.

In the Mouth of Madness (1995)

In the Mouth of Madness stars Sam Neill, Julie Carmen, Jürgen Prochnow, David Warner and Charlton Heston. The music was composed by John Carpenter and the screenplay written by Michael De Luca. It is the third instalment in what John Carpenter calls his Apocalypse Trilogy. It is preceded by The Thing and Prince of Darkness. The Mouth of Madness feels like a tribute to the work of H.P. Lovecraft with many references to his stories and themes. The title of the movie is a play on the Lovecraft novella “At the Mountains of Madness”. The film even has references to the Old Ones of the Cthulhu Mythos. So, have you read Sutter Cane?

The Thing (1982)

The Thing is directed by John Carpenter, written by Bill Lancaster, and starring Kurt Russell. It is the first part of John Carpenter’s Apocalypse Trilogy.  The Thing makes the list, as anyone who have seen this movie can testify that the creature in the movie could very easily be considered a Shoggoth of sorts – the type of monsters that appear in the world of H.P. Lovecraft. Considering when the movie came out, it still looks amazing even after more than 30 years after its release.

Re-Animator (1985)

Re-Animator, also known as H.P. Lovecraft’s Re-Animator, is a horror comedy loosely based on the novella “Herbert West-Renanimator”. The Movie is directed by Stuart Gordon, it is the first film in the Re-Animator Series. The movie also stars Jeffrey Combs who at this point in time is a veteran of Lovecraft movies. The film has since its release become a cult classic in its own right.

H.P. Lovecraft’s Dreams in the Witch-House (2005)

H.P. Lovecraft’s Dreams in the Witch-House is a made for TV horror movie which formed part of the TV series Masters of Horror. It is adapted from the short story: “The Dreams in the Witch House” by H.P. Lovecraft. The movie was directed by Stuart Gordon.  Ezra Godden plays Walter Gilman, a student from Miskatonic University who starts questioning his own sanity when he rents a room from an old boarding house which was the residence of a 17th century witch.

 

From Beyond (1986)

From Beyond is loosely based on the same story from H.P. Lovecraft and is directed by Steward Gordon and stars Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ken Foree and Ted Sorel. The film centres on a pair of scientists who are attempting to stimulate the pineal gland with a device known as The Resonator. The experiment results in the ability to perceive creatures from another dimension that proceeds to drag the head scientist into their world.

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