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Title: What is your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story and/or film
Post by: mrbakasan on June 04, 2007, 03:41:32 PM
I've been on a big H.P. Lovecraft reading kick lately and I thought it might be interesting to see what people's favorite Lovecraft works were.

Story:  The Dunwich Horror

Film:  The Resurrected w/ Chris Serandon (From the story The Case of Charles Dexter Ward)
The film is by no means brilliant, but it is a good rendition of Lovecraft's work.  I also liked Dagon as silly as it was, but I'm not a big fan of Re-Animator.
Title: Re: What is your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story and/or film
Post by: Tripe on June 06, 2007, 01:05:59 PM
The Shadow over Innsmouth as a written story

To be honest I've not seen a film I particularly enjoy.
Title: Re: What is your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story and/or film
Post by: Fuzzy Necromancer on June 06, 2007, 10:27:48 PM
My favorite lovecraft story is The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath. Deep down,  I think lovecraft was really more interested in fantasy than horror. He found more repulsion in mundanity and tedium of our daily mortal lives, imprisoned by time and space and the limits of humanity, than in his most squamous creations.

My  favorite HPL movie is Call of Cthulhu, for it's retro-lovelyness and faithful rendition.
Title: Re: What is your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story and/or film
Post by: SharpMonkey on June 20, 2007, 06:55:16 PM
Hard to pick a single favorite story by H.P. Lovecraft, but if I must, that story would have to be Dreams of the Witch House.  I do love me some Nyarlathotep!

As for my most only recommended Lovecraft film, I'd have to agree with the wise and fuzzy sorcerer who once said:
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My  favorite HPL movie is Call of Cthulhu, for it's retro-lovelyness and faithful rendition.
because that silent film did such an amazing job of capturing the tone and atmosphere that I associate with Lovecraft's writing. 
Title: Re: What is your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story and/or film
Post by: mrbakasan on June 22, 2007, 06:11:12 PM
I was really impressed by Call of Cthulhu as well.  I had just re-read the story the night before I recieved it via netflix and it is amazing how well they translated his work into film.  I watched the making of documentary on the DVD and really showed what a labor of love making the film was for the directors.  Pretty cool stuff.

"From Beyond" is getting a DVD release in September according to amazon.com. 

I wish the movie Cthulhu Mansion would get a DVD release.  I saw it on video years ago and it was pretty good, well maybe that's streching it, but I do want to see it again.
Title: Re: What is your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story and/or film
Post by: Some Guy on July 10, 2007, 06:00:21 PM
Kind of liked The Shadow out of Time, in terms of story, but I haven't caught any of the movies that especially blew me away.  There's talk that Big Daddy Cthulhu might be making an apperance in J.J. Abrams next film, but nothing's confirmed.  Suppose that's old news now.
Title: Re: What is your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story and/or film
Post by: call_me_nuveena on July 19, 2007, 10:16:49 AM
Not exactly related, but did you all know that there are plush Cthulu toys out there?  I got one for my birthday and honestly thought my friend had made it.  They are excellent.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-url/index=blended&field-keywords=cthulhu%20plush&results-process=default&dispatch=search/ref=pd_sl_aw_tops-1_blended_11538583_2&results-process=default (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-url/index=blended&field-keywords=cthulhu%20plush&results-process=default&dispatch=search/ref=pd_sl_aw_tops-1_blended_11538583_2&results-process=default)
Title: Re: What is your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story and/or film
Post by: Tripe on July 19, 2007, 10:29:43 AM
Yep, everytime I go to a comic con I'm tempted to buy the Nyarlathotep, ah it might have to wait till I have a bratling to buy soft toys for.

Have you see Hello Cthulu  (http://www.hello-cthulhu.com/?date=2003-11-30)
Title: Re: What is your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story and/or film
Post by: PsypherPunk on July 19, 2007, 10:51:04 AM
I'm also a Dunwich Horror fan. As for film adaptations, I love 'em all, good or awful (and there are plenty in the latter category).

I have to say that The Unnameable and its sequel are my guiltiest pleasures, mostly down to the guy playing Randolph Carter. He's just great.
Title: Re: What is your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story and/or film
Post by: call_me_nuveena on July 19, 2007, 11:42:31 AM
Have you see Hello Cthulu  (http://www.hello-cthulhu.com/?date=2003-11-30)

That might be the single greatest thing I have ever, ever seen in my whole goddamn life.

Title: Re: What is your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story and/or film
Post by: SharpMonkey on July 21, 2007, 01:21:06 PM
Not exactly related, but did you all know that there are plush Cthulu toys out there?  I got one for my birthday and honestly thought my friend had made it.  They are excellent.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-url/index=blended&field-keywords=cthulhu%20plush&results-process=default&dispatch=search/ref=pd_sl_aw_tops-1_blended_11538583_2&results-process=default (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-url/index=blended&field-keywords=cthulhu%20plush&results-process=default&dispatch=search/ref=pd_sl_aw_tops-1_blended_11538583_2&results-process=default)


Those are great!  I got one as a gift a few years back and he looks cute lurks fearfully atop my shelf of HPL books. 
Title: Re: What is your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story and/or film
Post by: ObscureGamer on August 23, 2007, 09:04:58 AM
My favorite Lovecraft story is "Cool Air", which got a decent (but not great) adaptation in the movie Necronomicon (which was a composite of three short movies), starring David Warner. 

My favorite Lovecraft movie would have to be the B&W silent film Call of Cthulhu for its technical mastery of setting and mood that it established, although as a guilty pleasure I was quite fond of Dagon.   Also, the third and final short film in Necronomicon, the one about the mi-goes, was actually scary.  I enjoyed that one the most.


And to whoever said Cthulhu Mansion was "good".....please, send me the number of your supplier.  Because apparently he's discovered some superdrug that's more effective than any known one.
Title: Re: What is your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story and/or film
Post by: The Bog Man on October 02, 2007, 04:13:46 PM
The silent 'Call' really is a masterpiece. (And one made with practically nothing.)
My favorite story is either 'The Rats in the Walls', or 'The Hound'. The second becase the image of a howling, feral, rotting corpse just has a tendancy to stick in the head.
Title: Re: What is your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story and/or film
Post by: Detective Chimp on October 05, 2007, 08:11:33 PM
'The Colour out of Space' is probably my favorite. I believe the Stephen King story in Creepshow was somewhat based on it.
Title: Re: What is your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story and/or film
Post by: Fuzzy Necromancer on October 07, 2007, 06:06:30 PM
The Hound would be down for the best ever Lovecraft Signature Twist ending. I mean, it's something that, when you read it, you want to grab your head and laugh insanely.
Title: Re: What is your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story and/or film
Post by: Zardoz! on November 07, 2007, 02:52:30 AM
"At the mountains of madness" would be my favorite HPL story.

I haven't seen a HPL based movie that didn't leave me feeling slightly ill at the desecration of HPL's work.
Title: Re: What is your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story and/or film
Post by: Halifirien on December 05, 2007, 05:13:54 AM
My favorite Lovecraft story is "The Shadow Over Innsmouth." It's creepy from the start.

I think the silent version of "The Call of Cthulhu" is probably the best film adaptation.

Honorable mention would go to the video game "Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth," since it lets you play through the escape from the hotel in Innsmouth. I died repeatedly on that one because I wasn't fast enough and the townsfolk always manage to chop through the door and get me.
Title: Re: What is your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story and/or film
Post by: Tripe on December 05, 2007, 05:35:49 AM
My favorite Lovecraft story is "The Shadow Over Innsmouth." It's creepy from the start.

You are an individual of incredible taste.

I think the silent version of "The Call of Cthulhu" is probably the best film adaptation.

I will endeavour to see this as you are probably the 5th or 6th person to mention this in the last month or so in various places.

Title: Re: What is your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story and/or film
Post by: Hebs on December 05, 2007, 05:52:50 AM

I think the silent version of "The Call of Cthulhu" is probably the best film adaptation.

I will endeavour to see this as you are probably the 5th or 6th person to mention this in the last month or so in various places.

Did you like it?  I thought it was very beautiful, and the featurette about 'aging' the film was really cool.
Title: Re: What is your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story and/or film
Post by: Junkyard on December 09, 2007, 02:40:59 PM
I'm very much looking foward to the HPLHS's second installment, The Whisperer in Darkness.
Title: Re: What is your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story and/or film
Post by: Tripe on December 10, 2007, 12:41:26 PM
Speaking of HPLHS and thinking of Greg's Holiday Song list how about these two
[quick=475,25]http://www.cthulhulives.org/Musical/carol.mp3[/quick]
[quick=475,25]http://www.cthulhulives.org/Solstice/mp3s/Fish-Men.mp3[/quick]

Title: Re: What is your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story and/or film
Post by: SharpMonkey on February 03, 2008, 10:28:33 AM
I'm very much looking foward to the HPLHS's second installment, The Whisperer in Darkness.

Holy wow!  Thanks for the heads up because I was not aware of this!  I think this teaser trailer (http://www.cthulhulives.org/Whisperer/trailer.html) looks very promising....
Title: Re: What is your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story and/or film
Post by: bratpop on February 03, 2008, 07:08:33 PM
I couldn't really sit through most Lovecraft stories. I'm sure eventually something happens in one of them. And they started making too many crappy movie adaptations in the 90s for me to catch up. The monster's image burned into the window in The Unnameable was pretty scary. Otherwise it's just Re-Animator and From Beyond for me, and those movies have virtually nothing to do with Lovecraft. I'd say they're better.

In the Mouth of Madness was a pretty good ripoff though.
Title: Re: What is your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story and/or film
Post by: Mr.Quark on February 13, 2008, 09:21:41 PM
I enjoyed Call of Cthulhu and the one (I forgot the name) about the guy climbing the castle tower. If any of you are into board games there is a H.P. Lovecraft based board game series that is a lot of fun called "Arkham Horror."

Title: Re: What is your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story and/or film
Post by: Zeus on February 15, 2008, 05:32:43 PM
The 90s horror anthology Necronomicon is my favorite HP Lovecraft adaptation.

That and In The Mouth of Madness (which was only inspired by Lovecraft) were genuinely scary films, a breath of fresh air during the self-aware slasher boom.

It's all about the last segment. The opening segment has a great atmosphere and is the most tentacle-y, the middle is just so-so-, but the end, man, it was messed up.
Title: Re: What is your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story and/or film
Post by: Lysam on April 11, 2008, 10:22:53 PM
Rats in the walls was my personal favorite.
Title: Re: What is your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story and/or film
Post by: basselope on April 12, 2008, 10:06:38 AM
I always have a hard time picking a "favorite"' anything... I'm more of a "package" man. And with Lovecraft my favorite trait is the way he could write an individual story that made me want to pull my feet up off of the floor, but the more stories you read the more connections you could make back a central theme. Those little "Aha!" moments gave the whole thing a more malevolent twist as you began to realize you were dealing with a plague of terror rather than a bunch of disconnected incidents... one feeding off of the other. You began to feel that you couldn't be safe just by walking away from, say, Innsmouth.
A lot like a Family Reunion!  :rimshot:

And the best Lovecraft item I've ever seen belonged to a guy I went to school with. His sister made him a Team sweater for the Miskatonic University Fighting Cephalopods--- GO PODS!
She even added a Shogoth waving team banners. It was Brilliant!