When you think of the frozen landscapes that can be the setting for a horror story, most horror fans will go to John Carpenter’s The Thing or H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness. Both of these are great examples of how to use the isolation and strange white vistas to craft a compelling tale. I’m also willing to wager that most of you are aware of them. Today, I wanted to bring you a different movie that is very much in the vein of these giants of horror.
Harbinger Down is a film that was born from 2011’s The Thing (the prequel). Amalgamated Dynamics was hired to do most of the special effects work on the film. By the time the film was released, most of their work had been replaced by CGI in post-production. The effects team posted the footage of their effects on Youtube, where it received great response. The team started a Kickstarter campaign to make their own film, utilizing their own practical effects. It was the most successful scifi/horror Kickstarter campaign at the time.
This film is great for fans of practical effects in monster movies. I enjoyed the cast and felt that the film made the most out of a meager budget for a film of this scope. Lance Henriksen stars as the Captain of a crab boat that dredges up something nasty from the Soviet space program. If you haven’t seen this film, but love Carpenter’s The Thing, then I advise you to check out this movie. You can click the cover below to pick up a copy and read on for the official synopsis.
Synopsis: A group of grad students have booked passage on the crabbing boat Harbinger to study the effects of global warming on a pod of Belugas in the Bering Sea. When the ship’s crew dredges up a recently thawed piece of old Soviet space wreckage, things get downright deadly.
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.
John Carpenter is by no means unknown to the world of movies that make you think and leave you feeling freaked out. He has such classics as The Thing and Prince of Darkness. However, his most interesting and shudder-inducing film, in my humble opinion, is In the Mouth of Madness.
This film borrows thematically from the master of weird fiction, H.P. Lovecraft. Where most films go wrong with Lovecraft is trying to adapt a direct story. Most of these, with a few exceptions, are poor at best. However, John Carpenter took the source material and found the consistent themes running within. We have an average man, who finds himself facing something beyond his scope of understanding. The terror of this film is not in a monster, but a world turned on its head.
This film stars Sam Neil, Jurgen Prochow, with Charlton Heston in a supporting role. Click on the image below to pick up a copy, and the official synopsis is below.
Synopsis: Imagine a novel so overwhelmingly hypnotic, so tremendously horrifying that it paralyzes its audience with fear and turns even its most sensible readers insane. When the author disappears, an insurance investigator hired to find the writer discovers far more than he could ever imagine in this spellbinding thriller. Starring Emmy and Golden Globe-nominee Sam Neill (“Jurassic Park,” TV’s “Merlin”), Jürgen Prochnow (“The Da Vinci Code,” “The English Patient”), Julie Carmen (“Gloria,” “The Milagro Beanfield War”), Emmy-winner David Warner (“Titanic,” TV’s “Masada”) and Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Charlton Heston (“Ben Hur,” “The Ten Commandments”). Directed by John Carpenter (“Escape from New York,” “They Live”).
Book: Rushed (Rushed #1)
Author: Brian Harmon
The best way that I can describe this book is that Stephen King and HP Lovecraft collaborated on the Wizard of Oz. The main protagonist in our story is merely following a recurring dream that he has. As he traverses the path, he finds that he is jumping in and out of our world and traveling great distances through the “fissure.” On his quest to find the cathedral, he encounters a “foggy man” who is leaving monsters and traps in his path in order to beat him to the prize at the end of the journey. I loved his relationship with his wife; while they did keep it light, I feel that the author had them in this joking relationship, where the humor was used to keep both characters from breaking under stress. I can understand where some people might find that annoying, but for me, it made them a better couple who were both playing along to help the other one cope.
Decision: One of my favorite books that I’ve read this year, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes weird fiction in the vein of HP Lovecraft or Stephen King’s Dark Tower series.
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