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H.P. Lovecraft (story)
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In 1931 H.P. Lovecraft wrote his classic tale of alien horror, "The Whisperer in Darkness". Lovecraft is now considered one of America's foremost writers of horror fiction, standing alongside the likes of Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe. | Full synopsis »
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Entertaining modernized adaptation of an old Lovecraft story, but still faithful enough to its original source See more (22 total) »

Cast

 

Autumn Wendel ... Hannah Masterson

Stephen Blackehart ... Charlie Tower

Annie Abrams ... Starlet

Conor Timmis ... Porter (scenes deleted)

Matt Lagan ... Nathaniel Ward

P.J. King ... Workman

Zack Gold ... Astronomy Colleague
Barry Lynch ... Henry Akeley

Joe Sofranko ... George Akeley

Casey Kramer ... Fort Admirer

Portia Backus ... Train patron

Lance J. Holt ... Davis Bradbury
Andrew Leman ... Charles Fort

Adrianne Grady ... Wife / Student
Matt Foyer ... Albert Wilmarth
Sean Branney ... B-67

Don Yanan ... Dean Hayes

Daniel Kaemon ... P.F. Noyes
John Jabaley ... Superintendent

Mike Dalager ... Black Pharaoh
Anthony Andruss ... College Student
Robert Graziano ... Cultist
David Pavao ... Jordan Lowell
Caspar Marsh ... Will Masterson
Clifford Ball ... Cultist
Christopher Ball ... Student
Andrew Ball ... Student
Paul Ita ... Farmer
Vlad Peters ... Cult Member
Martin Wateley ... Walter Brown
Stephen Daly ... Lecture Audience Member
Ronald L. Johnson ... Cultist
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Directed by
Sean Branney 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sean Branney  screenplay
Andrew Leman  screenplay
H.P. Lovecraft  story

Produced by
Sean Branney .... executive producer
Chris Lackey .... associate producer
Andrew Leman .... executive producer
Sandy Petersen .... executive producer
David Robertson .... producer
Darrell Tutchton .... executive producer
John Younger .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Troy Sterling Nies 
 
Cinematography by
David Robertson 
 
Film Editing by
David Robertson 
 
Production Design by
Andrew Leman 
 
Costume Design by
Jessica Dalager 
 
Makeup Department
Glenn Alfonso .... key hair stylist (as Glen Alfonso)
Glenn Alfonso .... key makeup artist (as Glen Alfonso)
Andra Carlson .... makeup artist
Dave Snyder .... special makeup effects artist
 
Art Department
Mark Colson .... scenic carpenter
Kathleen M. Darcy .... scenic painter (as Kathleen Darcy)
Carrie Glaser .... props (as Carrie Mazzarelli)
Jacob Glaser .... production illustrator
Casey Kramer .... scenic painter
Marina Scholl .... scenic carpenter
 
Sound Department
Sheldon M. Bridge .... sound editor
Robyn Heller .... boom operator
Troy Sterling Nies .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
P.J. Foley .... visual effects producer: Dilated Pixels
Jon Gourley .... modeler / texture artist
Chris E. Peterson .... visual effects artist
Jason Shulman .... lead animator
 
Stunts
Brian Danner .... fight coordinator
David C. Hernandez .... assistant fight coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter D. Johnston .... grip
 
Casting Department
Randolph Carter .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laura Brody .... wardrobe supervisor
Kristina West .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
George Missor .... special feature editor
 
Other crew
Amanda Deibert .... production assistant
Mike Simon .... studio teacher
Kati Trottier .... script supervisor
 
Thanks
Ben Monroe .... special thanks
Sebastián Ohaco .... thanks
 

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103 min
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Finland:K-18 (self applied)

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Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Henry Akeley's name is misspelled Akely on the letter that invites Albert to come see him.See more »

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30 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining modernized adaptation of an old Lovecraft story, but still faithful enough to its original source, 24 April 2011
Author: JvH48 from Amersfoort, The Netherlands

I saw this film as part of the "Imagine" film festival 2011 in Amsterdam. I booked it out of curiosity, wondering how a modern film maker would treat the 1930's source. I must confess that I'm not fond of most Lovecraft's stories. Though not having read any within more than 30 years, I'm still stuck with an impression of adjective-overloaded descriptions of monsters and their attributes. Many alternative books and stories in this same genre that I've read, attracted me much more. I'm prepared to accept that my reading sample was wrong and my bad impression is just as wrong.

The film makers decided to run the film in black&white, which did not hinder me at all. It even seemed the natural way after some minutes. I'm very glad that we got sound with the film. I hate intervening text boards showing the dialog, known from silent movies. In anticipation I was a bit afraid that parts of the film would develop slowly, not unexpected given the original material, but my fear proved completely unjustified.

The director was present at the screening and answered several questions during the final Q&A. We learned about the 350K$ budget, financed by the film makers out of their own pockets. They did the same for their previous 47 min short "The Call of Cthulhu", which paid itself back eventually. Understandably that several corners were cut for reasons of costs, but their love for Lovecraft did make up the rest. The editing of the material, as well as the pace in which the story develops, were adapted to match current speed expectations. Nowadays we cannot bear to watch 15 minutes of people reading letter fragments to each other, and this part of the original story was visualized differently for good reason. The finale shows a lot of action, and even some monsters. What these aliens look like, has been described by Lovecraft in much detail. These monsters could not be left out, or it would have left us strongly disappointed (said the director).

Back at home I discovered the original story in my own book collection. It was bought a long time ago (1978), and I completely forgot having it. When re-reading the story, I saw some changes by the hands of the film makers in order to liven up the original. As mentioned above, the exchange of letters between Akeley and Wilmarth has been dramatized considerably. And with good reason, otherwise we certainly would have dozed off. Further, the final outdoor scenes don't appear as such in the original story, and has been invented by the film makers, if only to show a few alien monsters and to introduce some action scenes. Maybe somewhat detached from the original, especially the plane scene, but such liberties occur often enough when turning a static book into a motion picture.

When leaving the theater, I gave an "excellent" score for the public prize competition. I can only applaud the design decisions by the film makers, choosing for black and white (no problem) but with sound (very good), and properly pacing the story to maintain a modern tempo throughout its duration. In other words, to a reasonable extent truthful to the 1930's style of film making, but not to such an extreme that it would be tedious for viewers A.D. 2011.

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