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Out of Mind: The Stories of H.P. Lovecraft (1998)

Haunted by disturbing dreams from an inherited book, a young man becomes interested in the writings of H.P. Lovecraft.

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Out of Mind casts an entertaining eye on the work of American writer H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937), one of the early 20th century's masters of gothic-horror literature. The film offers an encounter with Lovecraft and enters into his world. Engaging in a kind of game around the writer, the film playfully winks at some of the themes characteristic of his work: the occult, cursed books, monstrous creatures. Out of Mind draws its inspiration from Lovecraft's personal correspondence and many of his stories, carrying the viewer through a labyrinth "beyond the wall of sleep." Written by Antenna <cqnfilm@videotron.net>

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One of the best HPL inspired movies ever
13 August 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Having seen most of the films in the genre of "HPL inspired" from Hollywood to the HPL film festivals, I can honestly say that this film was one of the most enjoyable. It brought HPL to life in a believable, respectful and moving way (most of us who know HPL may recall that no motion picture nor audio tape of him is known to exist; only still photos and his writings, so this was something of a treat).

The few "monstrous" special effects were too hokey for this film, however and could have been either done better or left out and thus left to the imagination. Other than that, it was nice to see the mixture of name-dropping and time-interweaving done in the style of HPL's stories. That is, mysterious, suspenseful and ultimately pulling back the curtain to reveal cosmic horror behind it all.

Memorable moments:

  • HPL trying to sound out "Cthulhu" to himself


  • HPL's dignified manner of holding himself and his careful


articulation
  • HPL describing the Nightgaunts which came to him in nightmares since he


was 6 years old.

If you like HPL (not if you're a fan of the ultra-gruesome, not-in-the-style-of-HPL crap films like Re-animator and From Beyond) then you'll truly enjoy this movie.


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