Friday, August 18, 2017

The Tomb (2007)

The Tomb (2007) dir. Ulli Lommel, the Shadow Factory/Boogeyman Movies International

Well, a Lovecraft film from the infamous Ulli Lommel. Surely the creative genius behind 1980's the Boogeyman and the Devonsville Terror would craft a half-way decent story, filled with shock and horror aplenty? Short version: no

Friday, August 11, 2017

Cthulhu (2007)

Cthulhu (2007) dir. Daniel Gildark, Arkham Northwest Productions/Cascadia Film Collective

The Call of Cthulhu set the bar pretty high, but there is always room for improvement, so why not another take on the story set in modern time? Well...

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Call of Cthulhu (2005)

The Call of Cthulhu (2005) dir. Andrew Leman, the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society

We've seen the Great Old portrayed a few times before, but they were usually not so great. Here though makes up for everything, and honestly might be the best Lovecraft adaptation around. The film was the brainchild of the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, a group of LARPers who went to the next level. 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Beyond Re-Animator (2003)

Beyond Re-Animator (2003) dir. Brian Yuzna, Castelao Productions/Via Digital/Fantastic Factory/Filmax

When we last left Dr. Herbert West, he was being buried under his secret lab with hordes of zombies running amuck. If he could survive a pile of sentient intestines, would zombies be enough to take him out?

Friday, July 21, 2017

Dagon (2001)

Dagon (2001) dir. Stuart Gordon, Castelao Productions/Estudios Picasso/Fantastic Factory/Generalitat de Catalunya/ICF/Televiso de Catalunya/Televiso de Galicia/Via Digital/Xunta de Galicia

Now we're in the twenty-first century proper. Lovecraft's work was growing in popular culture terms, so when Stuart Gordon came back to the well, would it be on par with Re-Animator?

Sunday, July 16, 2017

George Romero

Not much I can add about this. George Romero was a director I've had some regard for. His films were workman like, but I always thought they were generally well made.

His contributions to horror (and cinema) can't be overlooked. He took zombies from cursed souls to the flesh eating ghouls we know and love today. He did plenty of other films, but his Dead series would probably what he's best know for, and what would inspire thousands of homages and straight up rip-offs.

Personally I always liked how smart his films were. Casting an African American actor in the lead during the 1960's? Pretty darn bold. His zombie films weren't just mindless munchers, they actually had social commentary that was handled rather brilliantly. He made horror films more than half naked teens being killed.

I'd suggest kicking back and watching the Tales of Hoffmann and Day of the Dead.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Cthulhu (2000)

Cthulhu (2000) dir. Damien Heffernan, Onara Films

We end the 90's with a surprising entry. "The Call of Cthulhu" was possibly Lovecraft's best known work, but until this point the ancient sleeping old one had never been seen on film before. Would this attempt be a success?