Lovecraft Shorts

by Mark_a_Wood | created - 25 Jan 2015 | updated - 25 Mar 2016 | Public

Short films either inspired by or based upon the works of the master of horror H.P. Lovecraft.

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1. Giger's Necronomicon (1975)

40 min | Short, Documentary

Inside the Giger studio creating one of his famous pieces, carving a mountain of clay into the famous "Alien". Experience Giger designing the Alien Eggs and the Derelict ship, as well as rare deleted scenes from the movie itself.

Directors: H.R. Giger, J.J. Wittmer | Star: H.R. Giger

Votes: 36

2. The Music of Erich Zann (1980)

17 min | Short, Horror, Music

This story revolves around a student of metaphysics, Charles Dexter Ward who befriends Erich Zann an aging violinist who lives on the floor above him. Charles is fascinated and then drawn ... See full summary »

Director: John Strysik | Stars: Robert Rothman, Robert Alexander, Darryl Warren, Barbara Snapp

Votes: 163

3. Pickman's Model (1981)

Not Rated | 32 min | Short, Horror

Inspired by Lovecraft's short story, Pickman's Model is about a morbid painter named Richard Upton Pickman, who created from his fiendish brush "unbelievable loathsomeness and moral foetor.... See full summary »

Director: Cathy Welch | Stars: Mac Williams, Marc Mahan, Nancy Griffith, Virginia Houston

Votes: 32

5. The Outsider (II) (1994)

8 min | Horror, Short

A man awakes unaware of who he is. Through a series of flashbacks he gradually begins to remember his life, the woman he loves and a violent confrontation.

Director: Aaron Vanek | Stars: Herb Lichtenstein, Kathryn Grady, David David Katzman, Rebecca Masternak

Votes: 57

6. Cthulhu Wore Tennis Shoes (1996)

5 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

At a meeting of a college society a student is lured by the offer of free pizza into becoming a human sacrifice to the Great Old Ones.

Director: Lesley Matheson | Stars: Chris Exner, Ian Fagan, Glenn Glazer, Brian Neil McInnis

7. Calls for Cthulhu (1996 Video)

10 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

The ultimate horror which, trapped beneath the ocean, awaits the time when the stars are right, to wreak destruction upon mankind. While he waits, he takes your calls.

Director: Brand Gamblin | Stars: Brand Gamblin, Paul Pawluk, Tori Spelling

Votes: 22

8. The Hound (1997)

18 min | Short, Horror, Mystery

In this adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's short story, two grave-robbers enter an old cemetery on an island and break into one of the tombs. They steal a mysterious amulet, thus, activating a centuries old curse.

Director: Anthony Penta | Stars: Scott Alan Hoye, Steve Toth

Votes: 12

10. The House on Dame Street (1999)

5 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

An investigator investigating the disappearance of a previous investigator runs into a spot of bother involving things that are not quite dead.

Director: Ruairi Robinson | Stars: Jim Brady, Peter O'Meara

Votes: 44

11. Return to Innsmouth (1999 Video)

26 min | Horror, Thriller, Short

A young graduate student must decide his own fate when he discovers he is related to a race of monsters. Based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft.

Director: Aaron Vanek | Stars: Ezra Hubbard, Larry Curwen, Edgar Reynolds, Paul Palazzolo

Votes: 59

12. Cool Air (1999)

Unrated | 43 min | Short, Horror

Randolph Carter moves into a squalid boarding house in the summer of 1925 where he becomes friends with a mysterious doctor who revives him after a near-fatal heart attack. Soon after, ... See full summary »

Director: Bryan Moore | Stars: Jack Donner, Ron Ford, Vera Lockwood, Bryan Moore

Votes: 315

13. Rough Magik (2000 TV Short)

41 min | Short, Horror, Sci-Fi

Plugging nicely into the RPG world of Delta Green, Rough Magik is about The Night Scholars, a clandestine organization setup to monitor the ancient cult of Cthulhu. After decades of ... See full summary »

Director: Jamie Payne | Stars: Paul Darrow, Gerrard McArthur, Tim Kirby, Justine Francesca Glenton

Votes: 70

14. Chilean Gothic (2000)

45 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A journalist sets out to uncover the truth about the death of his colleague who was researching an American artist, Richard Upton Pickman. When he discovers the artist is in Santiago he goes to pay him a visit.

Director: Ricardo Harrington | Stars: Rodrigo Sepúlveda, Luis Alarcón, Fernando Gallardo, Cristián Campos

Votes: 64

15. Le peuple ancien (2001)

14 min | Action, Short, Thriller

An archaeological excavation uncovers a manuscript written by a Roman commander in Gaul. Most of the local tribes have been pacified but every year terrible hill people ravage the area. The Romans set out to crush them.

Directors: Julien Lacombe, Pascal Sid | Stars: Romain Chesnel, Henri Debeurme, Axel Drhey, Didier Gallon

Votes: 10

16. The Testament of Tom Jacoby (2001)

Not Rated | 7 min | Horror, Short

Six men, weekend scavengers, enter an abandoned mine in search of swag. While they're underground, the mouth of the mine caves in and they are trapped. One by one, they fall prey to someone... See full summary »

Director: Edward Martin III | Stars: Jason Brooks, Scott Hibbetts, Aarron Kemp, Leopoldo Marino

Votes: 13

17. Nyarlathotep (2001)

13 min | Short, Horror, Sci-Fi

In the early 1920s a traveling show comes to Arkham led by the mysterious Nyarlathotep. Like much of the population of Arkham young Dr Burke goes to see the show - but finds neither the show nor the showman are what they seem.

Director: Christian Matzke | Stars: Dan Harrod, Christian Matzke, Michael Kristan, James Cagney IV

Votes: 112

18. The Terrible Old Man (2001)

Short, Horror

Miles, Ronnie and Billy are three criminals fleeing the law. When they stop off in the town of Kingsport they notice that an old man pays for his cup of coffee with a gold coin and plan to rob him - but they are in for a surprise.

Director: Bob Fugger | Stars: Paul Abbott, Rene Defazio, Geoff Edwards, Rock Moran

Votes: 15

19. The Evil Clergymen (2002)

Not Rated | 12 min | Horror, Short

Antiquarian Professor Norms hears of an abandoned house in remote Arkham County, filled with mysterious antiquest and the ghost of a former Witchcraft priest. He is warned by local resident not to stay after dark, but will he listen...?

Director: Bill Kelley | Stars: Victoria Allen, Jason Brassfield, Phil Cole, Galen Flinn

Votes: 8

20. The Picture in the House (2003)

20 min | Short, Horror

A thief is wounded in a shoot-out with a guard after robbing the Pickman gallery. He travels to the woods for a rendezvous with his contact, but stumbles upon an old house, an old book and a Vietnam Vet with an odd tale.

Director: Gant Haverstick | Stars: Gavin Haverstick, William McKenna, Lowell Davis, Matt Ferguson

An interesting reworking of a classic short story. = 6/10

21. An Imperfect Solution: A Tale of the Re-Animator (2003)

17 min | Short, Horror, Mystery

In the year 1920 two Miskatonic University graduates are practicing medicine by day and trying to revive the dead by night. Herbert West is prepared to go to great lengths to see his ... See full summary »

Director: Christian Matzke | Stars: Bobby R. Poirier, Jason Waron, Amanda Huotari, James Noel Hoban

Votes: 55

22. The Statement of Randolph Carter (2003)

7 min | Short, Horror

Harley Warren, a dabbler in dubious arts and sciences, descends into an underground crypt leaving wide-eyed Randolph Carter prey to nameless fears.

Director: Jane Rose | Stars: Ean Murphy, Oliver Ostroga, John Seaman, Jeffrey Velazquez

23. Pickman's Model (2003)

40 min | Short, Horror

Little did Elliot know what lay in store when he called upon his distraught friend, Thurber, in this faithful adaptation of the Lovecraft classic. Thurber relates with horror the tale of ... See full summary »

Director: Rick Tillman | Stars: John Williams Lynch, Rick Tillman, Don Lapora, Mary J. Hiney

Votes: 26

24. Angry and Moist: An Undead Chronicle (2004)

24 min | Horror, Short, Comedy

Herbert West's half brother continues his bid to conquer brain death.

Director: James Raynor | Stars: Scarlett Victoria Carson, Dom Wynter, Alex Eamonson, Nick Thompson

Votes: 49

25. The Strange Case of H.P. Lovecraft (2004)

8 min | Short, Comedy

H.P. Lovecraft's attaché case is stolen during transport from a secret weapons facility. Little do the thieves know, the attaché case is alive!

Director: Mad Martian | Stars: Alex Acimovic, Robert Bigelow, Joseph Marien, Steven Slattery

Votes: 9

26. Late Bloomer (2004)

13 min | Short, Comedy

Loosely based on the dark tales of HP Lovecraft, "Late Bloomer" is a compelling and humorous journey through a young boy's first sexual education class.

Director: Craig William Macneill | Stars: Clay McLeod Chapman, Sam Borenzweig, Lauren Bond, Godfrey Pflager

Votes: 468

27. 13:de mars 1941 (2004)

5 min | Drama, Horror, Short

The year is 1941. Two Investigators are doing research on an old well. One of the gentlemen climbs down the hole and then they communicate through a military phone. But something is strange, the place, the hole, and then the phone...

Director: Robert P. Olsson | Stars: Robert Johansson, Robert P. Olsson

Votes: 42

29. Innsmouth Legacy (2004)

10 min | Drama, Horror, Short

A woman is torn between her love for her family and the fate slated for her by her ancestors.

Director: Edward Martin III | Stars: Sally Abel, Angel Kelly Caldwell, Erik Chevalier, Constance Crain

Votes: 24

31. The Statement of Randolph Carter (2005)

12 min | Short, Horror

Harley Warren and his protégé Randolph Carter have trekked through long-abandoned woods in search of a fabulous and ancient treasure, but only Warren has the fortitude to descend into the ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Martin III | Stars: Mad Martian, Sean Strauss

Votes: 18

32. Read Me a Story (2005)

8 min | Short, Horror

1920's Innsmouth, a young woman attempts, through unspeakable means, to regain her husbands love and acceptance of their unwanted child...

Directors: Bret Mix, Craig Mullins | Stars: Rebekah Morrison, Gage Alexander Mullins, Conan Rapson

Votes: 16

33. ReCreation (2005)

7 min | Short, Fantasy

Two men struggle with a great loss, but one finds that his struggles may be alleviated by combining quantum theory and ancient mysticism.

Director: Edward Martin III | Stars: Braden Beattie, Kiernan Beattie, Jason Custer, Katherine MacDonald

Votes: 11

35. Experiment 17 (2005)

5 min | Short, Horror

Adolf Hitler orders his troops to search the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris for a single tome - the dread Necronomicon. All attempts by Nazi scientists to unlock the secrets of the book fail, until an Arab provides a cipher.

Director: Christian Matzke | Stars: Keith Anctil, Henry Bindbeutel, Justin Boss, James Colston

Votes: 52

A neat little film combining genuine historical footage, stills taken on period equipment and new silent black and white footage to tell the story of the Third Reich's attempt to harness the Mythos. = 7/10

36. The Rats in the Walls (2006)

Horror

The last surviving member of the Delapore family makes a horrible discovery. A live performance from the 2006 Minnesota Fringe Festival, filmed at the Mill City Museum.

Director: Tim Uren | Star: Tim Uren

37. Call of Tutu (2006)

7 min | Short, Horror

An old man tells a tale of a cat that hangs around his home. But is it really just a cat, or something far darker? Perhaps the man is simply insane. We can only hope.

Director: Aaron Vanek | Stars: Dale Snowberger, Jennifer Knighton

Votes: 12

38. From Beyond (2006)

10 min | Animation, Short

An unsuspecting man falls into an otherworldly trap set by a psychotic genius in this spine-tingling animated film based on the short story by H.P.Lovecraft.

Director: Michael Granberry | Star: Michael Granberry

Votes: 81

An excellent stop-motion animation of Lovecraft's story utilising the possibilities of animation to good effect. = 8/10

39. The Other Gods (2006 Video)

5 min | Animation, Short, Horror

A prophet who longed to look upon his deities. A daunting journey to a mountain peak. A confrontation with gods too powerful to name.

Director: Peter Rhodes

Votes: 124

40. Dunwich (2006)

26 min | Short, Drama

The small New England village of Dunwich harbors many secrets, but none so dark as the origin of Wilbur Whateley. Born to an albino mother and raised in seclusion by his occultist ... See full summary »

Directors: Christian Matzke, Sarah Tarling | Stars: Keith Anctil, Leo Lunser, Kathryn Morrison, Matty Marcinuk

Votes: 6

41. The Miskatonic Acid Test (2006)

Horror

In 1969 a group of students at Miskatonic University in witch-haunted Arkham, Massachusetts decided to emulate the West Coast and put on their own sort of "happening", where "music and ... See full summary »

Director: Rob Mackenzie | Stars: Sam Cohan, Jonathan Randell Silver, Shawn French, Emily Griffin

42. The Terrible Old Tran (2006)

Not Rated | 17 min | Short, Horror

A coastal town's terrible old man is revealed to be part fish, part swish, and hungry for straight guys. A kinky retelling of H.P. Lovecraft's The Terrible Old Man.

Director: Armando D. Muñoz | Stars: Magic J. Ellingson, Catherine Englehart, Rob Fletcher, Brett Nugent

43. Binding Silence (2006)

13 min | Short, Horror

"William Barner works with his uncle Henry in the family owned bookstore. As Henry attempts to solve their current financial burdens he begins to notice an unnatural obsession taking hold ... See full summary »

Director: Raymond Zablocki | Stars: Paul Guyet, Michael Graves, Steve Earthman, Christina Bryant

Votes: 17

44. Lovecraft's Pillow (2006)

10 min | Short, Horror

An aspiring horror writer is ordered by his domineering wife to sell his laptop to pay the bills. When he sees H.P. Lovecraft's pillow in the window of the pawnshop he has a better idea. The story was suggested by Stephen King.

Director: Mark Steensland | Stars: Shannon Solo, Christine Mangone, Scott Frisina, Greg Ropp

Votes: 141

45. Experiment 18: Das Hexenhammer-Projekt (2007)

10 min | Short, History, Horror

As the Third Reich crumbled, a Nazi Occultist performed one last, desperate, ritual. This is his story, these are his words.

Director: Christian Matzke | Stars: Henry Bindbeutel, Keith Anctil, Mike Best, Jon Dearnley

Votes: 42

A slightly disappointing sequel, a little muddled plot-wise. It does feature a Nazi Zombie though - or should that be a Zombie Nazi?

46. Come to Us (2007)

3 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

A poetic plea for humanity to join the Great Old Ones in eternal life.

Director: Edward Martin III | Star: Katrina Martin

47. Beyond Lovesauce (2007)

11 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

Brilliant scientist Caulfield Tillingwurst and his beautiful assistant Ulthar the nurse are pushing the boundaries of science as they conduct research into sex and sensuality. A parody of Lovecraft's story 'From Beyond'.

Directors: Colin Burrowes, Heidi Burrowes | Stars: Colin Burrowes, Samantha Dark, Jessica Wiebe

48. H.P. Lovecraft's The Terrible Old Man (2007)

4 min | Animation, Short

A short, animated treatment of the Lovecraft story. Three robbers plan to break into the house of a mysterious old man to steal his gold. They soon find out that the old man is not as defenseless as they thought.

Directors: Sean Kearney, Doug Simon | Star: Sean Kearney

Votes: 13

A very good, brief, animated adaptation of Lovecraft's short story. = 7/10