Friday, September 2, 2016

Castle Freak (1995)

Castle Freak (1995) dir. Stuart Gordon, Full Moon Enterprises/Full Moon Entertainment




And now we near the end of the Summer of Love (craft) 2, and what better way to cap the summer off than with a Stuart Gordon film staring Jeffery Combs?

Friday, August 26, 2016

Witch Hunt (1994)

Witch Hunt (1994) dir. Paul Schrader, Home Box Office/Pacific Western



When Dennis Hopper says something is weird, you know you are in for a treat.

With that said, it is odd they would take so long to do a sequel to Cast a Deadly Spell (and with missing almost all the cast), but I think the end result was a worthy follow up.

Friday, August 19, 2016

The Lurking Fear (1994)

The Lurking Fear (1994) dir. C. Courtney Joyner, Full Moon Entertainment






Surprised it took this long to get to Charles Band's Full Moon group. Lovecraft's stories did inspire quite a few Full Moon flicks, but not as many as you would think. This being the second take on the story "the Lurking Fear", could Band and his merry group do better than the ultra low budget Dark Heritage?

Friday, August 12, 2016

Necronomicon: Book of the Dead (1994)

Necronomicon: Book of the Dead (1994) dir. Brian Yuzna, Christophe Gans, Shusuke Kaneko, Davis-Films






Given how many of Lovecraft's stories were short, I'm surprised there weren't more anthologies of the man's work. Coupled with Yuzna and a returning Jeffery Combs, one would expect something along the lines of Re-Animator. Did they succeed?

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

In the Mouth of Madness (1994) dir. John Carpenter, New Line Cinema





John Carpenter might one of the few directors who could come close to capturing Lovecraft's style on film. Guillermo Del Toro comes a pretty close second though. Carpenter did do Providence's Favorite Son justice by capturing the sheer horror of living in a chaotic universe, and did so in a way that best ended his "things are bad and are just getting worse" trilogy.


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?