Hello, I hope you have been enjoying our silent Sundays. Today, I’m going to take offer a different recommendation than normal. It is still a silent film, but this one is much more modern, having been released in 2007.
In February, 1928, H.P. Lovecraft published The Call of C’thulhu. A work which many would say set the tone for what he is most remembered for. It is an ambitious work and well worth a read, however, it was not converted into a faithful adaptation until 2007. The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society set to work filming this tale. Feeling that it was best to do it true to the time period, they made a modern silent film. For fans of the tale, you’ll appreciate this adaptation. If you are interested in a film that you’re not likely to see playing on most television stations or streaming services, then this little gem will pleasantly surprise you.
You can click the image below to procure a copy and read on for the official synopsis.
Synopsis: The Call of Cthulhu, an all new silent film, is HP Lovecraft’s most famous story. The film follows the story’s three-part narrative construction, and it moves from the 1920s to 1908 to the1870s and back, as the story does.
Just a reminder that Revfest is tomorrow, I hope you guys are able to come out. Onward to day 6 of our 31 days of Halloween. I’m calling this Freaky Friday because the selection for today is one that will mess with your head a little bit.
John Carpenter is one of my all time favorite directors. In 1994, he created what is in my opinion one of the greatest Lovecraftian horror films: In the Mouth of Madness. While this story is not based on any of the H.P. Lovecraft’s works, the film captures the essence of what makes Lovecraftian horror so great: an overwhelming sense of insignificance and the fear of things from outside our realm.
Sam Neil plays an insurance investigator that is hired to locate a missing horror novelist. The fun starts when Sam Neil finds a small town that doesn’t exist except for in the author’s work. Ripe with people transforming into monstrosities and tentacle monsters and a pervading sense of reality beyond our conception, In the Mouth of Madness is a must see for fans of Carpenter, Lovecraft, or good horror.
Click the cover below to pick up your copy of this masterpiece and read on for the synopsis.
Synopsis: Sutter Cane (Jurgen Prochnow, The Seventh Sign) is the best-selling author whose newest novel is literally driving readers insane. When he inexplicably vanishes, his publisher (Academy Award winner Charlton Heston*) sends special investigator John Trent (Sam Neill, Jurassic Park, Dead Calm) to track him down. Drawn to a town that exists only in Cane’s books, Trent crosses the barrier between fact and fiction and enters a terrifying world from which there is no escape. Inspired by the tales of H.P. Lovecraft, this shocking story is, in the words of it’s acclaimed director, “horror beyond description!”