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

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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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They showed this at the H.P.Lovecraft Film Festival
8 October 2000 | by (Portland, OR) – See all my reviews

The film is not really a documentary.

The movie was voted as the best film of the festival by a large margin. (And there were some excellent entries this year.)

As far as I am concerned this is the best Lovecraft adaptation I have ever seen.

The film is an adaptation of a number of H.P. Lovecraft's storys intercut with some very realisting looking film footage of "HPL". (Actually an actor who does a remarkable job with the part.)

The film is an exploration of Lovecraft's motivations behind the stories, why he wrote, and what he thought of his own efforts -- intertwingling with his own stories and themes. (Especially the dreamlands stories of Randolph Carter.)

All of this sounds kind of hokey, but it works. Through the Dreamlands, the film mixes modern day and Lovecraft's 20s, among others. (One scene has Lovecraft meeting a modern fan and wondering why his face is on a t-shirt.)

If you can find this playing somewhere, by all means see it! It is an impressive piece of film making.


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