HP Lovecraft Adaptations and/or Works inspired by him
The list shall be updated as I locate and watch more films. Also, I don't watch Lovecraft movies if I haven't read the original stories. I am working on reading more so that I may view more films, but I have many hobbies so I shall read and watch at my leisure :D
I hope this helps some Lovecraft fans find some cool movies :)
The list is in no particular order except I did go out of my way to put my favorite adaptation, "The Call of Cthulhu" at the top.
Gladly accepting suggestions for films to watch. I have a list compiled already but I may have missed a few!
Actually, I'll gladly say this is the BEST Lovecraft adaptation to date - that I have viewed, anyhow. It's incredibly loyal; not only to the story but also to the mood and emotion of Lovecraft's piece. The art design is so fantastic - Cthulhu himself looks wonderful.
This is a silent film. The silent style suits Lovecraft to a T as of course, the original story took place in the 1920's. I can't praise this film enough. Everything about it is right. As a Lovecraft fan, I feel so lucky that this film exists. ” - cara-ordinaryvanity
This of course, is a Lovecraft-inspired piece by John Carpenter. Very enjoyable. The tone and mood are Lovecraftian indeed. However, I'm unsure that much of the philosophy is there. But regardless, the film is great and I definitely recommend it. Very fun. ” - cara-ordinaryvanity
I'll admit that there were ample amounts of changes made to the plot, especially in the last section of the film. But I think the changes were all made to make the adaptation work as a film. As far as text goes, this is one of my favorite stories to read. I think directly translating it to film would prove uneventful and rather boring. The changes were made in the best interest of the film and worked in its favor, in my opinion. The creatures are CG and of course, on a shoe-string budget, the CG isn't very good but it gets the idea across and it's OK. Claymation (like Call of Cthulhu) would have been better.
All in all, I definitely enjoyed the movie. FOR SURE worth a watch for Lovecraft fans. A rare treat for us!! ” - cara-ordinaryvanity
Okay, so this one isn't a movie. It's another Lovecraft-inspired piece. Everything about this game is incredible. It's 100% Lovecraftian, just with names changed, really. The game actually involves having a "sanity meter" which depletes when you witness traumatizing events and encounter creatures. The effect of this depletion is hallucinations of all sorts. These hallucinations don't just mess with the character in the game, but also with the viewer (such as making you think your Gamecube is deleting all data off your memory card, or something fun like that).
This game is what actually got me into Lovecraft in the first place. It's mind-blowingly awesome. ” - cara-ordinaryvanity
I know, how can I give a positive review to From Beyond and a negative one to Re-Animator? Well, that's easy - I enjoyed this one a good deal more. As an adaptation, of course, it's not so loyal. And they also inject unnecessary sexuality - but somehow, I tolerated it. Perhaps because they justified it somehow. Anyway, there was much more of an otherworldly feel to this one. At least there are creatures in this film - it's not so hard to win me over as long as you throw some creatures at me.
Fun but not a really great movie. ” - cara-ordinaryvanity
This is a tough one to judge. Although the final scene is rank with cheese, I can't dislike this movie. Actually, I enjoyed it. There is a strong Lovecraftian tone to this one which is absent from most other adaptations. I didn't care much for the main character's personality, really, but regardless, I enjoyed his journey through the film. The Lovecraftian philosophy is there, though, I feel the scale is rather small. But I won't fault it for that.
I'll also say now that I don't enjoy the addition of sexuality into Lovecraft films. Simply because it wasn't present or RELEVANT in Lovecraft's original stories. There wasn't loads of sexuality in this movie and so I can generally overlook it in this case. More on this later.
Also, I'll add that this is a mishmash of several stories, but primarily inspired by The Shadow Over Innsmouth.
All in all, this one is cool. Fun indeed. But no masterpiece. ” - cara-ordinaryvanity
I hate everything about this movie. Everything. Nothing is left of the original story except a few character and place names. They turned it into another cookie cutter 70's movie about cults sacrificing hot chicks. Perhaps worth watching for LULZ, but little more. The Dunwich Horror is another one of Lovecraft's supreme masterpieces, but this film has hollowed it out into nothing. By the way, Sandra Dee humps the Necronomicon. I'm a little insulted by that. LOL. ” - cara-ordinaryvanity
SO SO SO BAD. More physically painful than The Curse. However, I feel like the intentions were perhaps originally good, just that whoever actually put this film together must have been vastly unintelligent. I say that because they sort of try to actually adapt the original story - they even include references to other things in the Mythos, including a weird appearance by Abdul Alhazred, the author of the Necronomicon. So, I feel like the screenwriter might actually enjoy Lovecraft, just lacks any brains to actually execute the story in any good way.
Anyway, again, not even worth watching out of curiosity, in my opinion. Really genuinely bad. ” - cara-ordinaryvanity
I found this one on Youtube. I know what it's like to make films on a shoestring budget. However, COME ON. I could buy a shoestring with the size of this movie's budget. It's done in the silent style, attempting to follow the success of The Call of Cthulhu. However, it's 100% lacking in any kind of imagery... which is sort of what silent films have to rely on. Also, the title cards go by WAY too fast. No one could possibly read them in time. Aside from that, the film is incredibly boring. The story is told through the title cards and not at all through the visuals. All in all, I think the film fails utterly. Once again, not even out of curiosity do I recommend watching this. ” - cara-ordinaryvanity
Another painfully bad movie. Truth be told, I couldn't even finish it. I got about half way through and just felt like someone was *beep* on me. The section that's directed by Christophe Gans is at least well directed - but that's all I can say about it.
Honestly, maybe I fail at reviewing this one, but the movie is just lame. ” - cara-ordinaryvanity
The one good thing I can say about this film is that it is decently true to most of the events that actually took place in the original story. But that's really it. And when I say that, I mean in the most bare bones sense possible. The film is emotionally hollow and the distress and terror from the original piece is absent - as well as the Lovecraft philosophy of man's place in the universe. The weirdness of the story Dreams in the Witch-House isn't present in this adaptation. By weirdness, I suppose I mean... otherworldliness? Surreality?
Once again, sexuality is injected where it is wholly unnecessary and although naked women are cool and all, I could have done without that scene. If I want to see boning, I'll just watch porn - leave it out of my Lovecraft.
One note about the loyalty is the design of Brown Jenkins. Reading the story originally, I thought that Brown Jenkins would be impossible to adapt to the screen. I was right - it was hilariously bad. It could have been done by a real design genius like Guillermo del Toro or someone of a similar brilliance, but in this film, it just looked dumb.
Anyway, I really enjoyed Lovecraft's original story, but the spirit of it is left out of this piece. Valiant try, though! Keep trying, man! ” - cara-ordinaryvanity
I know a lot of people who would smack me for speaking ill of this film. I don't dislike this movie - I love horror camp and this film is fun, to be sure. However, I am reviewing this as a Lovecraft adaptation. And as that, it fails. Little is left of Lovecraft in the piece. The movie is hilarious, to be sure, but I feel a little insulted that they just use Lovecraft's brilliance as a vehicle to make a "shocker" film full of naked people.
I also found the "severed head attempting to go down on some chick" scene rather distasteful. I'm a really open minded person with a good sense of humor. But I did find that scene to be in bad taste. Perhaps I'm just not a big rape fan, is all.
Anyway, if you're looking for Lovecraft, you won't find anything of him in this movie, that's for sure.
But it's fun as a campy funny gorefest. ” - cara-ordinaryvanity
The tone, mood, and philosophy are all there. Stephen King was very influenced by Lovecraft and it shows clearly in this film. The creatures are fantastic (and towards the end, I swear, there is Cthulhu or one of his cousins or something walking around!). The ending is, in my opinion, one that Lovecraft might approve of, actually. I wept and found it incredibly real and moving.
I love this movie. Love it. ” - cara-ordinaryvanity
Lovecraft-inspired. It's clear that Clive Barker is quite influenced by Lovecraft - however, this film is Lovecraftian in the sense that there is an entire civilization of creatures we know nothing of and that knowledge of those creatures would inevitably devour you. Recently, I've heard a lot of people hating on Hellraiser, but I must disagree with them. I find the idea fascinating. More on Clive Barker in a bit... ” - cara-ordinaryvanity
Clive Barker again! Lovecraft-inspired.
There is a great Lovecraftian tone to this film which includes becoming obsessed with the unknown and/or the dangerous and pursuing knowledge of it to no good end. This is a very unique story that I think is really fantastic and special. I love the Lovecraftian tone (which comes out more prominently in the ending) but I also love that it's mixed with Barker's originality.
However, I guess I can say this movie isn't for everyone. But personally, I don't dislike anything about it. I love this movie.
(though, if you're expecting creatures, you're out of luck with this one) ” - cara-ordinaryvanity
I have recently acquired the hour-long film from this collection, and have been unfortunate in locating the short films - I'll review them when I find them. However, as for the main film, Out of Mind, I'll say it's very enjoyable. It's no Citizen Kane and gets a little hokey at times, but I found it to be quite fun. The actor who plays HP Lovecraft is just about the coolest guy in existence because he plays Lovecraft PERFECTLY - exactly as I would have imagined he would be. That actor alone brings so much to this piece. Also, the numerous Lovecraft quotes tie the film together in a thought-provoking and interesting way, indeed. I can't say much for the special effects as the budget was surely quite low - however, it didn't rely on effects, which I approve of highly. Much is left to the imagination - in a good way.
In fact, after I viewed it, I immediately watched it over again. I just found it to be enjoyable, dammit! :) ” - cara-ordinaryvanity
Unbelievably bad. PAINFULLY bad. I think I felt actual physical pain while watching this. The Colour Out of Space is one of Lovecraft's best stories. Having it turned into this schlocky crap is horrible to witness. NOTHING is left of the original story except a meteor. That's the only similarity. The Lovecraftian mood and philosophy is completely gone. And of course, we've got Wil Wheaton. I really love Star Trek so I thought it might be amusing to see him in this early film. No. Not even annoying Wil Wheaton could be amusing in this movie. Trust me, I watched it out of curiosity - desperation to find a good HPL adaptation, or even just a decent one - it's not worth it. I actually regretted watching it afterwards. I'd also like to add that the editor must have been a toddler because it was horrendous. ” - cara-ordinaryvanity
Really bad. This one draws from The Color Out of Space. Unfortunately, nothing is left of the source material and it's turned into a hack horror film that attempts to be artistic (but fails). I watched out of curiosity and I regret it. Very bad indeed. Literally ZERO Lovecraft is left in this film. Nothing at all. ” - cara-ordinaryvanity