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Why aren't there any decent HP Lovecraft adapted films? (possible redux question)

 
 
Reply Sun 15 Jul, 2018 03:39 pm
Other than cult classic Event Horizon (1997), schlocky sex driven Lovecraft adjacent/inspired flick (albeit a terrible one), there hasn't been a breakout adaptation of HP Lovecraft's works or anything inspired from the Cthulhu mythos/universe of blisteringly terrifying and brain shattering horror fiction.

Everything that so far that I've been aware of that has been produced falls under the direct to DVD trash (with cheap production values and insanely poor acting and creative choices that would embarrass James Nguyen, the Frankenstein creator/director of Birdemic, one of the worst films of all time.


Okay, Netflix's Stranger Things definitely has been highly influenced by Lovecraft's work. But anything else? Mainstream? Or relative popularity or at least cult status?
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 15 Jul, 2018 05:04 pm
@tsarstepan,
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Tue 17 Jul, 2018 01:21 pm
You missed out a couple.



tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 17 Jul, 2018 05:21 pm
@izzythepush,
Re-Animator's a cult classic. Agreed. I haven't seen it but I shouldn't have dismissed it so easily.

The first one looks one or two levels above Birdemic. Just enough to be a terrible SyFy Original flick. Which only helps my case a bit more.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Wed 18 Jul, 2018 01:14 am
@tsarstepan,
I found it enjoyable enough.

But you're right, there's nothing on the whole Cthulhu mythos unless you include South Park.

https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/southpark/images/d/d6/MysterionRisesPromo2.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20101101202310
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Wed 18 Jul, 2018 06:00 am
@izzythepush,
I hear that video games are hitting the mythos pretty well. Can't name any examples right now.

And that I've read some books recently that expand on the universe or at least are well influenced by Lovecraft. So ... really solid, well made movies are achievable. Also, HBO or Netflix would be a great platform for a mini or full tv series in my eyes.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Wed 18 Jul, 2018 06:17 am
@tsarstepan,
Back in the days of hexagonal dice I first came across Lovecraft through this.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/33/Call_of_Cthulhu_RPG_1st_ed_1981.jpg
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Thu 19 Jul, 2018 12:31 pm
This is another one, don't know anything about it.

http://www.gstatic.com/tv/thumb/movieposters/9606/p9606_p_v8_aa.jpg
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 1 Nov, 2018 09:49 am
@izzythepush,
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Wed 5 Dec, 2018 05:28 am
Saw this BBC article today, thought it relevant.

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Seven surprising ways H.P. Lovecraft influenced our pop culture


As the podcast The Case of Charles Dexter Ward puts a terrifying modern spin on cult author H.P. Lovecraft's classic novel, we look at the surprising ways his twisted imagination still affects our lives. He may have died in poverty and relative obscurity in 1937, but Lovecraft's legacy and reputation continues to grow. Various facets of popular culture have adopted his ideas, characters and plot-lines, using them in a variety of surprising ways, from hip hop to video games. Here’s just a few…


http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4cvLY6FX2yhsChKS8HT7hbX/seven-surprising-ways-h-p-lovecraft-influenced-our-pop-culture?intc_type=promo&intc_location=news&intc_campaign=lovecraftsinfluence_article&intc_linkname=radio4_sm_mid_c3
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 1 Feb, 2019 07:49 pm
@tsarstepan,
Maybe don’t turn real-life racist H.P. Lovecraft into the cuddly star of an animated kids’ movie?

HP Lovecraft as a kid in an animated kids' movie?

https://imgur.com/VmnFHKv.jpg
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 10 Feb, 2019 10:10 am
@tsarstepan,
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Wed 27 Feb, 2019 02:04 pm
@tsarstepan,
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 31 Jul, 2020 06:42 pm
@tsarstepan,
We finally might get a great Lovecraftian adaption. Thanks to HBO.
Jordan Peele's Lovecraft Country
izzythepush
 
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Reply Fri 4 Sep, 2020 04:49 am
@tsarstepan,
I’ve seen the first three episodes. It’s very good, as much about civil rights as Lovecraft.

The only criticism is that the mythos isn’t very Lovecraft/Sumerian, it’s more Christian/Enochian.

Very Enochian actually, so much so that it should be called Dee Country.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 4 Sep, 2020 07:32 am
@izzythepush,
izzythepush wrote:

The only criticism is that the mythos isn’t very Lovecraft/Sumerian, it’s more Christian/Enochian.

That's a fair distinction. I'm also caught up with the series. Maybe it'll add more Lovecraftian influences/direction later in the season.

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Very Enochian actually, so much so that it should be called Dee Country.

Was going to ask Is Dee a reference to another cosmic horror-centric writer? then I stumbled onto the answer when googling Enochian.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Fri 4 Sep, 2020 08:30 am
@tsarstepan,
I saw a documentary on him some time ago, comic book writer Alan Moore was one of the contributors.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 10 Sep, 2020 09:31 am
@izzythepush,
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farmerman
 
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Reply Thu 10 Sep, 2020 09:36 am
@tsarstepan,
Dunwich Horror was a decent film dptation, coulda been Steve King.
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oralloy
 
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Reply Tue 22 Sep, 2020 12:28 am
Certified Fresh: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/color_out_of_space
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