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, ...
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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, Carter discovers the awful truth about the doctor and the fragile line that separates life and death. Featuring a stellar performance by Jack Donner as Dr. Muñoz, Cool Air remains a haunting reminder of the power of the human will.Written by
The willow in front of the house is there in some exterior shots and absent in others. According to the director they lost a reel and had to re-shoot material several months later. Meanwhile the tree had been felled. See more »
And like all the other young Hemingways, have you written your 'great American novel'?
Not unless it's called something like "The Awful Tentacled Thing that Should Not Be".
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Among the persons thanked in the end credits: God The Permanent Residents of Rosedale Cemetery See more »
This 50-minute adaptation of Lovecraft's story 'Cool Air' actually has more punch than the original story. Instead of going for any shock value that could be exploited, Bryan Moore creates a very human story about a man's desire to live...or at least avoid death...at any cost. Doctor Munoz (played by Jack Donner) is unusual for a Lovecraft character in that we don't fear him or what he does. In fact, we come to pity Munoz for how much he has lost, and how much he's sacrificed to stay alive.
'Never underestimate the power of the human will', Munoz tells Randolph Carter, and the audience comes to believe that, whatever medicine or strange science he says is keeping him alive, it is his will that keeps death at bay.
This is an excellent short film. I saw it recently at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Oregon, and it very nearly got a standing ovation from the audience. So did Bryan Moore and Jack Donner when they had a Q&A session with the audience. Hell, we should have carried them out on our shoulders. I hope we haven't heard the last of Bryan Moore; he's a filmmaker to watch.
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