Any other Lovecraft fans here?

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  1. Julie K

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    How many fans of H. P. Lovecraft are here? Everyone here raise a tentacle, or fin, or something... [​IMG]
    I wish someday someone would do for Lovecraft fans what Peter Jackson is doing for Tolkien fans. Of course, it's rather difficult to put undescribeable horrors that drive one insane up on the big screen.
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    Best case scenario for something inspired by him has to be In the Mouth of Madness. But there are a whole lot of Lovecraft inspired drek out there.
    Hey, did you know a huge amount of his work is archived on the net? I have a whole bunch of his work on my Smartphone/Palm to read when stuck in lines/boring meetings.
    Go here!
     
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    I used to be a Lovecraft fan (for about 3-4 months), during which I accumulated all of those paperbacks of his stories (the ones with the red eye on the back). However, I have to say I got really tired really fast with his constant why-use-one-adjective-when-four-or-five-would-be-better style of writing. Gotta love those "hideously winking moons" and "eldritch miasmal vapors" or whatever.... [​IMG] His very poorly-concealed racism didn't help matters much.
    Still and all, "The Call of Cthulhu" is a good story, and it's interesting to read "Rats in the Walls" alongside Stephen King's "Jerusalem's Lot" (a nice little Lovecraft homage).
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    Racism in turn of the century new england was hardly unheard of.
     
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    I'm not much into horror fiction but I really enjoy Lovecraft's writings. I'm still waiting for a good, serious, film adaption of one of his works. Sounds like a good job for, say, David Lynch? Also, as I've mentioned before, it'd be nice to see Robert E. Howard's Solomon Kane on the big screen...
     
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    I only know one thing about H.P. Lovecraft: his creation Cthulu is supposedly the biggest badass of the literary world.
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    I was in Boston recently for a wedding and my friend and i drove down to providence to see his grave.
     
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    A brief time spent playing the "Call of Cthulu" role playing game, a truly disturbing game if played correctly, got me into Lovecraft. I'd love to see someone take him seriously enough to craft a good film.
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    Lovecraft is my favorite horror writer. I find the density and descriptiveness of his prose unique and it is what attracts me to him. And I am very attracted to the idea that the perception of other worldly beings and extraterrestrials could be beyond human comprehension and unhinge the mind.
    I'm not sure a good, true Lovecraft movie could be made, I just wish people would quit making awful ones.
     
  10. Julie K

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    Maybe I'm in the minority, but I quite like several of the Lovecraft movies that have been made. In the Mouth of Madness is a favorite and Re-animator, well, I'm a fan of gore movies so there's no complaint there [​IMG]
    But I would love to see a big-budget, fairly faithful treatment of something like Shadow Over Innsmouth or At the Mountains of Madness.
     
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    Yeah I read Lovecraft as a teenager, really creepy eerie [hey nobody uses that word anymore, eerie, I miss that word, say it one more time, eerie] stories.
    For Lovecraft fans I would highly recommend reading William Hope Hodgson's 'The House on the Borderland', which is very Lovecraftian, this novel scared the crap out of me when I was young, one of my favorite novels by any author.
    Brian Lumley a more recent horror author writes fantastic horror novels in the Lovecraft tradition, and even includes the unspeakable Cthulhu in some of his books, his Necroscope novels are superb.
    I have more horror fiction by Lumley than by any other horror author, well worth seeking out.
     
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    I'm surprised nobody has mentioned "The Ressurected". IMHO, its the best 'big budget' lovecraft movie made. Its based on "the Case of Charles Dexter Ward", and is much more like the original story then that awful Corman/Price version.
    Big Question: When will it be out on DVD? Who knows.
    I'm also pretty excited about DAGON. I've seen some indie versions of the Shadow of Innsmouth, and I think the story would make a great feature-length film. (If your interested in the indie versions, go to http://www.hplfilmfestival.com
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    Big fan. I haven't read his stuff in years though...
    I need to go back and re-familiarize myself.
    I did really like Re-animator and From Beyond... and
    thought In the Mouth of Madness was just ok.... has anyone
    seen The Unnameable? I saw it as a teenager, before I started reading Lovecraft, but I don't remember if it was
    any good... is it worth revisiting?
     
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    The Unnameable is pretty standard horror stuff. It has little to do with the original Story. Its your basic "kids in a scary house chased by a monster" movie.
    In the original Lovecraft story, the monster was called "Unnameable" because it was a giant blob. In the movie it was more of a demon-type. (which looked just like the monster in Castle-freak... and lurking fear...)
    Read this:
    "It was everywhere - a gelatin - a slime yet it had shapes, a thousand shapes of horror beyond all memory. There were eyes - and a blemish. It was the pit - the maelstrom - the ultimate abomination. Carter, it was the unnamable! "
    Still a good story, and better then the sequel. Its another lovecraft movie NOT on DVD.
    In fact, what Lovecraft movies are on DVD?
    I have the 2 re-animators, castle-freak, mouth of madness, the thing, and the 3 evil deads DVD.
    The rest of my collection is on TAPE, waiting.....
    (ie Ressurected, Lurking Fear, From Beyond, Prince of Darkness, haunted palace, necronomicon, cthulu mansion,2 Unnamables)
    Well, Cthulu Mansion is NOT lovecraft. They just stole the name. I think the Dunwich Horror is out on DVD, but I havnt found it yet....
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    Dunwich Horror is on DVD and is priced nicely since it's an MGM Midnite movie. It's really dated, and kind of tacky, but wasn't nearly so bad as I thought it would be.
    Die Monster Die! is another Midnite Movie and I've heard that it was based on Colour Out of Space, but I've never seen it.
    Prince of Darkness is OOP on DVD.
    I'm also looking forward to Dagon and can't wait to see it, actually. It would be nice if it could get a theatrical run.
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