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Scream Factory gave many classic horror film fans a Halloween treat with the release of The Vincent Price Collection II, and now Arrow Films is looking to sate the viewing appetites of Price fans in England with Six Gothic Tales, due out on December 8th. Comprised of six Roger Corman movies based on Edgar Allan Poe’s works and starring Vincent Price, Arrow Films has unveiled their collection’s special features:
Press Release - “From the Merchant of Menace, Vincent Price, and the King of the B’s, Roger Corman, come six Gothic tales inspired by the pen of Edgar Allan Poe. Arrow Video is thrilled to announce the limited edition release of this Six Gothic Tales box set. Limited to a run of just 2000 copies, this much-anticipated release will include The Fall of the House of Usher, Tales of Terror, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Raven, The Haunted Palace »
- Derek Anderson
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a trailer for ZombieWorld, casting updates on The Private Eye and Desolation, DVD release details announced for Fantasm, a teaser poster from One Night of Fear, a Q&A with writer, Duncan Ralston, and much more:
ZombieWorld Trailer and DVD Release Details: “ZombieWorld is a horror anthology focusing on survivors across the world as they struggle to overcome horrifying circumstances when a pandemic brings forth a zombie apocalypse. The collection of blood, guts and mayhem will be brought to life by a group of new and up-and-coming directors from around the world that Ruthless Pictures and Dread Central will handpick from short film entries received between April 21, 2014 and May 30, 2014 on Dread Central.com. The work of each chosen director will be featured in the film and will bring »
- Tamika Jones
Just in time for Halloween, James considers the weird tales of Hp Lovecraft, and the ones that could make great films...
(Warning: this article contains spoilers for several H.P. Lovecraft stories and also contains material that may upset the balance of your sanity. "Tekeli-li! Tekeli-li!")
Dear readers, I am writing this under an appreciable mental strain since by tonight I may be no more. The end is near and soon will come the oblivion which is my only refuge from the unnamed and unnameable. Hallowmas has arrived and I hear the howling from that awful reef, the horrible croaking voices and the slippery bodies lumbering against the door.
The nauseous fishy odour seems to have mounted suddenly, the shrill whippoorwills have burst into a kind of pandaemoniac cachinnation which fills the countryside and I am certain that everything is coming to a head. Or, at least, a gibbering mockery of a head. »
He opened doorways to other dimensions, conjured up creatures to frighten generations of readers, and put his literary characters through memorable mazes of madness. Despite his immeasurable contributions to the horror genre, the dark imaginative worlds of H.P. Lovecraft’s stories never received an action figure line, even in the golden toy age of the late 1970′s/early 1980′s. Now one Kickstarter campaign is looking to give credit where it’s due by bringing four memorable Lovecraft characters to action figure life like never before.
These are the four characters featured in the Legends of Cthulhu Retro Action Figure Toy Line:
Figure Specs: 3.75″ tall, swivel head, jointed arms and legs
Accessories: Necronomicon (book), snap-on wings
- Derek Anderson
For years, Guillermo Del Toro has been trying to get an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness made. Any true Lovecraftian, though, would be appalled by the Pacific Rim-sized creatures Del Toro would likely contribute to the novella, for readers know an actual viewing of the horrific beast lies outside of the pages. Lovecraft’s monsters typically defy the conceptions of the human brain, so they tend to fall into a formula: man ends up in bizarre circumstance, man sees something indescribable, man goes insane or commits suicide. It doesn’t quite sound like ideal fodder for a visual medium.
For the uninitiated, said monsters come from a mythology of deities called Old Ones, evil beings that once ruled the planet and are intent upon returning. The most well-known remains Cthulhu, a giant, winged octopus-squid who reigns in the lost city of R’lyeh. These »
- Kenny Hedges
With the classic Re-Animator getting its Blu-ray reissue this week, we talk to its director about this and his other genre films...
Re-Animator landed like a firecracker in the middle of 80s horror cinema. A wild, vibrant adaptation of the Hp Lovecraft tale, Herbert West-Reanimator, it was both extremely funny and remarkably close to the writer’s source text. Jeffrey Combs plays the darting-eyed Herbert West, a gifted yet utterly mad young medical student who invents a serum which brings the dead back to kicking, screaming life.
A sprightly Bruce Abbott and Barbara Crampton play his fellow students, who can only watch in horror as their Miskatonic University campus fills up with angry revenant corpses from the morgue, while David Gale is brilliantly glowering as Dr Hill, West’s nemesis.
The work of H.P. Lovecraft has inspired not only legions of fans throughout the years but an entire sub-genre of horror. Highlighted by frail, false realities masking a horrific and unfathomable truth… and of course, tentacles, fans embrace Lovecraftian horror films like the squishy appendages they feature.
And with the release of Dead Shadows, we remember our Top 11 Lovecraftian Horror Films.
This list contains not just movies inspired by the writings of H.P. Lovecraft, although some of them are certainly here; it also has movies that fall into the Lovecraftian-inspired category. Cosmic horror of the unknown and unknowable that could fracture sanity hovering over reality. Cthulhu. And, of course, those tentacles we mentioned earlier.
As for honorable mentions, how about the wildly popular hit HBO show "True Detective" for starters? There are certainly some Lovecraftian influences there, including Rust Cohle's ideas on fate and religion and the cult of Hastur operating in Louisiana. »
- Scott Hallam
In the Evil Dead franchise, the Book of the Dead - also known as the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis - is quite literally a book bound in human flesh, and inked in human blood. Though inspired by the stories of H.P. Lovecraft, the frightening truth is that books made of human flesh are more than mere fiction, and many of them are housed in places you'd never expect...
As reported by publishing website Galley Cat, three real-life Necronomicons were discovered in Harvard University's library several years back, their covers wrapped in dry, crackling human flesh. The practice is called Anthropodermic bibliopegy and was pretty common back in the 17th century, with many anatomy texts from the period wrapped in the skin of dissected cadavers.
The three books in Harvard's macabre collection range from a book of Roman poetry to a book on French philosophy, with the other book - a treatise on »
- John Squires
Even if you only have a passing knowledge of the writings of H.P. Lovecraft (or if you're an Evil Dead fan), you're probably familiar with the ancient occult book known as the Necronomicon, which figured in so many of the author's classic horror tales. Some of those stories hinted that the evil tome is kept under wraps in the library of the fictional Miskatonic University in Massachusetts. But there are some occult experts who claim the book is not only the legit item, but really was buried beneath a New England college... and some say it's still there. The blog New England Folklore examines an urban legend fueled by hardcore Lovecraft fans, who claim the Necronomicon is a genuine book of spells and rituals, that the author was actually a skilled occult practitioner (or was unconsciously channeling otherworldly forces in his writing), and that he had hidden a copy of »
- Gregory Burkart
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