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Fantasia 2011: ‘The Whisperer in Darkness’ marries 1930s stylistics and Lovecraftian bleakness

3 August 2011 5:41 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Whisperer in Darkness

Directed by Sean Branney

Written by Sean Branney and Andrew Leman, based on the story by H.P. Lovecraft

USA, 2011

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The Whisperer in Darkness is an extraordinarily well-crafted film and it completely achieves its objectives. Oddly, the film’s greatest strength is also its greatest weakness.

The Whisperer in Darkness has two goals. First, to be a faithful Lovecraft adaptation.

While the film takes a few liberties with the original short story, especially in its ending, it does so in the interest of being even more bleakly Lovecraftian. The film is very faithful to Lovecraft’s ability to parcel out creepy information in dribs and drabs from a variety of different medium including lost books, letters, recordings, phone calls, overheard conversations, expert testimony and found artifacts. Most importantly, The Whisperer in Darkness captures Lovecraft’s ability to give us protagonists who come to heroism late in their own narrative, »

- Ricky

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H.P. Lovecraft’s The Whisperer in Darkness Sets the Horror Film Festivals Ablaze: A Movie Preview

26 May 2011 4:00 AM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Director: Sean Branney.

Writers: H.P. Lovecraft (story), Sean Branney and Andrew Leman (screenplay).

Stars: Stephen Blackehart, Barry Lynch and Conor Timmis.

The movie The Whisperer in Darkness is complete and touring the film festivals around the world. The filmmakers couldn't be any happier. Now the pressure is on to produce the DVD for the rest of the world to enjoy. With this seminal tale that is part science fiction and part terror, the onus is on how effective the actors are in reaching that creeping revelation.

“There are monsters in them thar hills,” as the hicks in the bayous like to call it.

And the written version, Albert N. Wilmarth, (Matt Foyer) an instructor of literature at Miskatonic University provides the narration. He’s corresponding with Henry Wentworth Akeley (Barry Lynch), a man who lives alone who claims to have made contact with these mysterious creatures. The response from Wilmarth, »

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God of Clay and More Upcoming Horror Flicks at the Bigfoot Crest Theater

15 May 2011 11:52 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

We recently received a metric ton of updates about upcoming events at the Bigfoot Crest Theater in Los Angeles so strap in because there's a lot for you guys to check out - including what could be The Greatest Monster Of All Time!

The Bigfoot Crest is going to be putting on some very cool screenings over the next two months, including showings of Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster, The Thing, a new H.P. Lovecraft film (The Whisper in Darkness) and what wins the award of most unique looking new monster The God of Clay (see images below and know that somewhere The Foywonder is giving high fives to random strangers).

Check out all the details below, and see even more at the Bigfoot Crest website.

From the Press Release:

The historic Bigfoot Crest Theater in Westwood – recently hailed by Los Angeles Magazine as one of the best screens in »

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The Whisperer In Darkness Review

26 March 2011 9:59 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

[Our thanks to Dejan Ognjanovic for the following review.] The Whisperer in Darkness is the first feature length film by the folks from the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society. Their version of The Call of Cthulhu (2005), directed by Andrew Leman, was a brave and surprisingly successful medium-length film (47 minutes) done with a lot of care and talent. Unlike numerous other flicks which (ab)use Lovecraft's name merely to sell yet another same-old creature feature and/or slasher, The Call of Cthulhu was obviously a labor of love, but also of knowledge about what makes the Great Old One truly great. It was shot in the style of a 1920s silent horror (which means: in glorious black and white), with period-style music and inter-titles. The Call... »

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