Back in the 1800's a lady gives birth to a monster. They decide that the baby is too ugly to name, therefore the monster is known as the "Unnamable". The creature brutally slaughters his ... See full summary »
H.P. Lovecraft, the well-known horror writer, is looking in the late thirties after the book 'Necronomicon'. He finds it guarded by monks in an old library. He then copies some stories from... See full summary »
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Juan Piquer Simón
Luis Fernando Alvés
In 1931 H.P. Lovecraft wrote his classic tale of alien horror, "The Whisperer in Darkness". Lovecraft is now considered one of America's foremost writers of horror fiction, standing alongside the likes of Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe.
In this classic retro horror thriller, Sam, an aspiring writer, takes a job as a clerk in an L.A. inner city grocery market owned by the sinister Dr. Munoz, a former scientist who claims to... See full summary »
Based on H P Lovecraft's tale, "The Shunned House," presents the stories of three people who all died within the confines of the dark and isolated chateau. Each story is taken from a ... See full summary »
The town of Leffert's Corners has been plagued by unearthly beings for decades, and now there is only a few people left, including the local priest and a woman traumatised by the death of ... See full summary »
Back in the 1800's a lady gives birth to a monster. They decide that the baby is too ugly to name, therefore the monster is known as the "Unnamable". The creature brutally slaughters his family, and gets trapped in a vault. Go ahead to 1998, and some college students have heard the story about the unnamable and want to check out the vault... Written by
A fun and effective blend of 80s gore, haunted house movies, and classic Horror literature
One unfortunate thing about the Horror genre these days is that there aren't too many based on popular literature. A lot of what we get now is remakes, sequels, and rip-offs and it makes one yearn for the days when filmmakers were interested in adapting great Horror fiction to film. That's not to say that no one is doing that anymore, but it's surely lacking. The work of H.P. Lovecraft is not well known in the mainstream of today, but in the 1980s a slew of films based on his work were made. Some, like 'Re-Animator' did an admirable job of bringing his writing to life for the screen while others like 'Cthulhu Mansion' are better off being forgotten. Towards the end of the decade independent filmmaker Jean-Paul Ouellette introduced moviegoers to one of the writer's most popular stories, and for the most part it's a solid effort.
Pros: Cast is game, especially Mark Kinsey Stephenson who sinks his teeth into the role. Eerie score. Spooky location and atmosphere. Moves along at a decent pace. Writer/director/co-producer Jean-Paul Ouellette does a pretty good job of creating suspense. Impressive monster suit, not to mention frightening. Also some realistic gore effects. Made with an obvious affection for the source material.
Cons: Really thin of plot, which hurts the pacing a little. An abundance of clichés. A bit dated.
Final thoughts: In the wrong hands this could have just been a very Hollywoodized adaptation of great literature, but fortunately that's not the case. Sure it may not be on par with some of the films based on Lovecraft's work, but it's well above others. Perfect viewing for a dark night with the lights out.
My rating: 3.5/5
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