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Lovecraft in Film: Lovecraft Movies – Part 1


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

The Call of Cthulhu (2005)

Done in the style of the era the original story was released in, The Call of Cthulhu is a feature length film done in the style of the 1920’s era silent films. The film follows the plot of the original story closely. Early in the production of the film Branney and Leman decided to film The Call of Cthulhu as a black and white silent film to show what the film would have looked like in 1926 when the story was first published. From wonderful acting to great music, this is a must see for any fans of H.P. Lovecraft or classic horror.

The Whisperer in Darkness (2011)

The Whisperer in Darkness is a feature film based on the story from H.P. Lovecraft of the same name. It was produced by Sean Branney, Andrew Leman and David Robertson. The story slightly deviates from the novel, but as Sean Branney said: “Lovecraft was better at set-ups than endings”. The movie is still a compelling watch and is done especially well. It captures the feel of the 1930’s horror films perfectly. Truly a must watch for any fan of H.P. Lovecraft.

The Cabin in the woods (2012)

Saying almost anything about The Cabin in the Woods would be saying too much if you haven’t seen the movie. I will thus keep this short – it revolves around a group of friends in a cabin in the woods. Now go watch possibly one of the best horror movies that got shelved by the studio, due to the fear that it would never have an audience.

Dagon (2001)

Dagon is based on the H.P. Lovecraft’s novella The Shadow over Innsmouth, and not his short story Dagon. The film was directed by Stuart Gordon, who has quite a few entries on this list. The film follows Paul Marsh, his girlfriend Barbara and their friend Vicki and Howard as they are on vacation on a boat off the shores of Spain. A storm picks up and the boat crashes into some hidden rocks. Paul and his girlfriend, Barbara, take a lifeboat to the nearby fishing village of Imboca. Dagon is a wonderful adaptation of The Shadow over Innsmouth. Francisco Rabal as Ezequiel portrays the mad old drunk, who knows the true secret of Imboca or Innsmouth, very well. With an amazing soundtrack and some good acting, Dagon is another must watch for fans of H.P. Lovecraft.

H.P. Lovecraft’s: Necronomicon (1993)

H.P. Lovecraft’s: Necronomicon also known as Necronomicon or Necronomicon: Book of the Dead is a horror anthology released in 1993.  The movie stars Jeffrey Combs as H.P. Lovecraft  who learns of a monastery where a copy of the Necronomicon is said to be. The H.P. Lovecraft story is used as a wrap around for the story; it is never clarified if he sees visions through the book or if the book contains all future records. The film contains three stories based on the writings of H.P. Lovecraft. The Drones is based on the Rats in the Wall. The Cold is based on Cool Air and Whispers is based on The Whisperer in Darkness. The Necronomicon is a movie I haven’t seen in ages and is somewhat hard to get. It is also one of the few horror movies that were based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft, which I have seen without knowing who H.P. Lovecraft and the Cthulhu mythos were.

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