Friday, July 29, 2016

The Unnamable II: The Statement of Randolph Carter (1992)

The Unnamable II: The Statement of Randolph Carter (1992) dir. Jean-Paul Ouellette, the Unnamable Production Co./Yankee Classic Pictures.

As the 1990's got underway, Lovecraft's stories continued. Jean-Paul Ouellette took up the task once more, this time doing a sequel to the 1988 the Unnamable, this time focusing on a proper Randolph Carter, namely the 1919 short story "the Statement of Randolph Carter".

Friday, July 22, 2016

The Resurrected (1991)

The Resurrected (1991) dir. Dan O'Bannon,  Scotti Brothers Pictures/Borde/Raich/Euro Brothers Pictures

By now Lovecraft was more or less established, although most of the film adaptations changed the story (unseen horror beyond the keen of the mind can be rather hard to film), so it shouldn't come as a surprise when they decide to remake one of the older films. The Resurrected took the Strange Case of Charles Dexter Ward in a different direction. Did it do it better than the Haunted Palace?

Friday, July 15, 2016

Cast a Deadly Spell (1991)

Cast a Deadly Spell (1991) dir. Martin Campbell,  Home Box Office/Pacific Western

With the 1990's officially underway, things were changing. Hair metal was giving way to grunge, science fiction shows were popping up like rabbits on the syndication markets, and Home Box Office was starting to make shows as well as airing movies. They had already struck gold with horror anthologies and kid's programs, but how would they handle the work of Lovecraft?

Friday, July 8, 2016

Bride of Re-Animator (1990)

Bride of Re-Animator (1990) dir. Brian Yuzna,  Wildstreet Pictures

With the 80's finally dead, how would the 90's welcome Lovecraft? Brian Yuzna, producer of the first
Herbert West tale, would take over as director. Yuzna was no stranger to the director's chair by this point, having the film Society under his belt by this point.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Dark Heritage (1989)

Dark Heritage (1989) dir. David McCormick,  Cornerstone Films/Sterling Pictures

As the 80's wore on, Lovecraft's works had managed to earn a tidy niche in the horror market. "The Lurking Fear" was one of his longer stories, but there had no attempt to adapt it to the screen....until 1989. The story of strange horrors lurking in the Catskills had plenty of Lovecraft's New England horror and strange beings crawling into our world.

Friday, June 24, 2016

The Unnamable (1988)

The Unnamable (1988) dir. Jean-Paul Ouellette,  K.P. Productions/Yankee Classic Pictures

The Summer of Love(craft) continues. As the 1980's moved on, the success of the Re-Animator series brought Lovecraft back into the forefront of the viewing public. Going with one of Lovecraft's lesser known short stories, the Unnamable had Lovecraft's occasional hero Randolph Carter having a weird encounter in your typical New England graveyard.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Friday the 13th, Part V: A New Beginning (1985)

Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning (1985) dir. Danny Steinmann,  Paramount Pictures/Georgetown Productions Inc./Sean S. Cunningham Films

Jason, he of the hockey mask and various sharp instruments, was dead, having been on the receiving end of a machete beat down. Sadly part four turned a tidy profit so Paramount had no choice but to bring the man behind the mask back...or did they?