Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown (2008)





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Journey into the life and work of the weird fiction author who gave us the Cthulu mythos and inspired such notable horror authors as Stephen King, Robert Bloch, and Neil Gaiman. Though initially overshadowed by the masterfully morbid prose of author Edgar Allen Poe, H.P. Lovecraft's writings have proven very influential, and can be seen in everything from movies (Re-Animator, Hellboy) to music (Metallica's "Call of Cthulu) to video games Call of Cthulu: Dark Corners of the Earth). Discover how an Old World xenophobe crafted one of literature's greatest mythologies, and why his works continue to fascinate readers long after his untimely death as John Carpenter, Guillermo Del Toro, Peter Straub, and others reflect on Lovecraft's crucial role in the history of horror fiction.
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Just like I'm waiting for the "ultimate" Lovecraft movie, I will continue to wait for the ultimate Lovecraft documentary - but this is a fine effort. Perhaps like pronouncing the name of Cthulu, or viewing The Color From Outer Space, a proper Lovecraft depiction/adaptation isn't achievable by mere mortals. The biggest flaw, is I do not understand why some documentaries [or books for that matter] feel the need to do lengthy synopses of the actual work. Why not read the actual book? Is anyone actually going to watch this if they haven't read the stories, or aren't planning on reading them asap? On a positive note, there are some great interviews with Lovecraft champions like Stuart Gordon, Guillermo Del Toro, Neil Gaiman, John Carpenter, Peter Straub, and others. There is also an adequate and fine linear Lovecraft biography here. It could have been improved by inserting even more biographical anecdotes from Lovecraft's extensive correspondence, and his wife's memoirs. Something tells me the ultimate Lovecraft doc will happen before the ultimate film adaptation. If that film happened in my lifetime, my money's on Stuart Gordon, produced by Guillermo Del Toro. [P.S. Check out Gordon's Dagon, an overlooked horror film].

Chuck Nolan
Chuck Nolan

This film provides a good solid background of Lovecraft's life and literary work narrated not by some anonymous voice but by well-known fans. Hearing Neil Gaiman, Guillermo del Toro, and John Carpenter tell Lovecraft's story and the impact it had on them personally and the horror genre overall was lots of fun. The film also included some breathtaking art based on Lovecraft's. This film is interesting for love time fans or those who have barely heard the name Cthulhu.

Amy D.
Amy D.

Not just a good documentary about HP Lovecraft, a good movie period. Excellent use of artwork, graphics, and sound. Plus some great interviews from authors and fans who know their stuff.

Mike Boas
Mike Boas

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