5.7/10
240
3 user 13 critic

Pickman's Muse (2010)

Trailer
1:41 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

An artist, Robert Pickman, becomes obsessed by visions of unworldly horror, revealed to him through an ancient artifact discovered in an abandoned church.

Director:

Writers:

, (inspired by "Haunter of the Dark")
Reviews
3 wins. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A boy, looking for his missing father, travels to Germany and uncovers a haunting legacy that a meteorite left behind in the area. Based on H.P. Lovecraft's short novel "The Color Out of Space."

Director: Huan Vu
Stars: Paul Dorsch, Jürgen Heimüller, Ingo Heise
Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Written in 1931, H.P. Lovecraft's iconic genre-bending tale of suspense and alien terrors is brought to life in the style of the classic horror films of the 1930s like Frankenstein... See full synopsis »

Director: Sean Branney
Stars: Zack Gold, Autumn Wendel, Stephen Blackehart
Shatterbrain (1991)
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Charles Dexter Ward's wife enlists the help of a private detective to find out what her husband is up to in a remote cabin owned by his family for centuries.

Director: Dan O'Bannon
Stars: John Terry, Jane Sibbett, Chris Sarandon
Dagon (2001)
Fantasy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A boating accident runs a young man and woman ashore in a decrepit Spanish fishing town which they discover is in the grips of an ancient sea god and its monstrous half human offspring.

Director: Stuart Gordon
Stars: Ezra Godden, Francisco Rabal, Raquel Meroño
Cthulhu (2007)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A Seattle history professor, drawn back to his estranged family on the Oregon coast to execute his late mother's estate, is reaquainted with his best friend from childhood, with whom he has... See full summary »

Director: Dan Gildark
Stars: Jason Cottle, Casey Curran, Ethan Atkinson
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Insane asylums, shallow graves and magick of the blackest kind. Maelstrom Productions' newest project is an updated but faithful adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's "The Thing on the Doorstep". ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Morgret
Stars: J.D. Lloyd, Jerry Lloyd, Jamie Morgan
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Alexey "Blake" Blochenkov goes to an old abandoned sanatorium to film a video for his blog. There, he lets out something horrible. An ancient evil. The Haunter Of The Dark.

Director: Dmitriy Khmelyov
Stars: Sergey A., Giza, Dmitriy Khmelyov
Fantasy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

While sorting the affairs of his late Uncle, a man accidentally stumbles across a series of dark secrets connected to an ancient horror waiting to be freed.

Director: Andrew Leman
Stars: Matt Foyer, John Bolen, Ralph Lucas
Cthulhu (2000)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Dan Upton is concerned about the influence of a young woman upon his friend Edward Derby. While a series of dismemberment killings in Arkham seems to be linked to a Cthulhu cult in nearby Innsmouth and Dunwich.

Director: Damian Heffernan
Stars: Paul Douglas, Melissa Georgiou, Malcolm Miller
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

A psychological horror film based on the short story by H.P. Lovecraft. Daniel Upton's relationship with his friend Edward Derby is abruptly changed after Edward becomes romantically ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Gliserman
Stars: David Bunce, Susan Cicarelli-Caputo, Mary Jane Hansen
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Based on the short story 'The Testimony of Randolph Carter' By H.P. Lovecraft. This faithful adaptation of "The Statement of Randolph Carter" tells the strange story of the demise of occultist Harley Warren.

Director: Andrew Leman
Stars: Sean Branney, Darryl Tyler
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A hermit living in the 1920's, discovers a race of aliens plot to enslave mankind with a horrible mind control.

Director: Matt Hundley
Stars: Alan Carroll, Matt Hundley, Ken MacGregor
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Dr. Dexter
Tom Lodewyck ...
Goodie Hines
...
Landlady
Mike Dobray ...
Richard
Edy Cullen ...
Niece
Steve Leamy ...
Security Guard 1
Jeff Yeazel ...
Security Guard 2
Eddie Morillon ...
Security Guard 3
Terrance E. Ward ...
Security Guard 4
Jeff Christian ...
Police Officer 1
Mark Weidling ...
Police Officer 2
Fredrick Stone ...
Art Dealer
Lisa Marie Jelinek ...
City Clerk 1
Dennis Frymire ...
City Clerk 2
Edit

Storyline

Who is Goodie Hines? Why did he gouge out the eyes of his victims? Why did they beg him to do it? What could possibly have inspired such horrific imagery in his drawings and paintings that they've been banned--only to be duplicated to seemingly impossible detail by mild-mannered recluse, Robert Pickman, who claims never to have met Goodie nor seen his work, but refuses to reveal his sources? Dare we delve the mind of one dissolving into madness, to uncover his muse? Written by Ellen Klowden

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Let me draw it for you.


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1 August 2010 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Land Lady: It's garbage, must go in garbage.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A treat for Lovecraft fans, and great old-style horror thrills
21 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's short story "The Haunter of the Dark" is a visually striking and eerily effective blending of the author's elements, and one of the best HPL films I've seen. Eschewing splashy gore effects, it focuses on building an ominous mood and revealing the slow decay of the main character's mental state as he glimpses "worlds unknown" and grinds his way down into violent madness. Beautiful cinematography and economic storytelling balance the claustrophobic environments of the artist's studio and the expansive mysteries of the abandoned church, while suggesting a darker and more malevolent cosmos lurking just beyond this false-front reality.

Key to the movie is the twitchy, introverted and hypnotic performance of Barret Walz. His self-absorbed and socially awkward character could easily alienate the audience, but instead betrays glimpses of vulnerability, loss, and yearning that underlies his visionary drive and artistic obsessions. He's supported by the terrific and colorful turns of a cast of accomplished character actors, including the avuncular Maurice McNicholas, fragile Edy Cullen, and the seething menace of Tom Lodewyck as fellow mad-artist Goodie Hines.

This movie is also a remarkable achievement on a limited budget. Dir. Robert Cappelletto has wisely focused on good storytelling over splashy effects, while still crafting a top-notch look and feel. The insidiously creepy aural landscape digs even deeper, with great sound design and a moody and effective score. Clearly more influenced by the suggestive horror of Val Lewton than today's splatter-tropes, this is a movie for anyone looking for more substance to their scares. A real treat for fans of Lovecraft's writings, as well as anyone seeking atmospheric, old-style horror thrills.


12 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?