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?

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.