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A chronicle of the life, work and mind that created the Cthulhu mythos.

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While far from complete, a good introduction for the uninitiated and fans alike.
6 June 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a documentary about the bizarre fantasy writer, H.P. Lovecraft. It consists of narration and LOTS of interviews--some from such notable personalities as Gillermo del Toro, Neil Gaiman and John Carpenter. All of the folks being interviewed are writers, directors and the like--and they all are huge fans of Lovecraft. To me, this is actually a bit of a weakness, as instead of looking at him objectively, they looked at him as fans. Because of that, they tended to excuse or de-emphasize his many faults. When talking about his extreme xenophobia (he truly hated foreigners and 'inferior' peoples), they seemed to gloss over it--though even by early 20th century standards he was extreme. They also seemed to love him so much that they were reticent to discuss his mental health--which was CLEARLY very, very bad! I would have much preferred the approach that he was a great writer AND a terribly screwed up and nasty man. So, if you want a warts and all look at Lovecraft or an in-depth biography, keep looking--this is more a celebration of his work with some biography thrown in as well. Not bad but not exactly what I'd hoped it would have been.


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