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Lovecraft Film Lists

Part One: 1950 - 1970.

Part Two: 1971 - 1980.

Part Three: 1981 - 1990.

Part Four: 1991 - 2000.

Part Five: 2001 - 

Questionable Inclusions.

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Director Frank Lloyd; based on a play by John Balderston

Cast: Leslie Howard, Heather Angel, Valerie Taylor, Kate Pettigrew.

A young American man is transported back to London in the time of the American Revolution and meets his ancestors.  Lovecraft saw this film four times in late 1933.  H.P. Lovecraft said of this film: "It is the most weirdly perfect embodiment of my own moods and pseudo-memories that I have ever seen--for all my life I have felt as if I might wake up out of this dream of an idiotic Victorian age and insane jazz age into the sane reality of 1760 or 1770 or 1780 . . . the age of the white steeples and fanlighted doorways of the ancient hill, and of the long-s'd books of the old dark attic trunk-room at 454 Angell Street. God Save the King!"" (to J. Vernon Shea, 4 February 1934).

"This does remind one a LOT of "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" and has some fairly risqué concepts for the time, but also a bit of a downer.  Leslie Howard looks just like HPL, though." - NecronomiCon 5

Italy, 1959, (Language / Italian) bw-76 minutes


Also Known As:
Caltiki the Undying Monster (1960) (USA)
Caltiki, the Immortal Monster (1960) 

Director: Mario Bava (uncredited) (completed film), Riccardo Freda (as Robert Hampton); Producer: Bruno Vailati; Script: Filippo Sanjust (as Philip Just): Music: Román Vlad; DP: Mario Bava (as John Foam) (as Marie Foam)

Cast: John Merivale (Dr. John Fielding)
Didi Perego (Ellen Fielding) (as Didi Sullivan), Gérard Herter (Max Gunther), Daniela Rocca (Linda), Giacomo Rossi-Stuart (Professor Rodriguez's assistant), Daniele Vargas (Bob, expedition member)


English wrtier Ramsey Campbell describes this low budget monster-on-the-loose flick as the "one film which is more HPL than any." Made by Italians, set in Mexico, and shot in Spain, Caltiki involves an amorphous shape that rises from an underground lake near a Mayan temple and turns its victims into skeletal-armed murderers. Better than it sounds, it was directed by cult Italian auteur Freda and photographed by the equally venerated Mario Bava (under the alias of "John Foam.")

SYNOPSIS: Archaeologists investigating some Mayan ruins come across a blob-like monster. They manage to destroy it with fire, but keep a sample. Meanwhile, a comet is due to pass close to the Earth - the same comet passed near the Earth at the time the Mayan civilization mysteriously collapsed. Coincidence? - James Barrett {jbarrett@sbastk.ess.sunysb.edu}

COMMENT: Randall R. Duke (rrduke@bellsouth.net), Atlanta, Georgia USA: Very enjoyable B monster movie.  The Caltiki monster is similar to the monsters in "The Blob" and "X, The Unknown", but this one is made of living lava. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie both as a kid and as an adult. Even though the plot line is very standard, it has some tense moments when they realize what makes Caltiki grow, and that they left it back at the lab in ideal growing conditions. If you're a B movie fan, this is a must see.

1963 - Un-produced
USA/Italy (AIP) circa 1963. 

Dir Mario Bava.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee.

Film Rumor


API's first announcement that they planned to film H.P. Lovecraft's THE DUNWICH HORROR was to have co-starred horror greats Karloff and Lee. Unfortunately, Karloff rejected the proposed screenplay and the project languished until 1969. In the early Sixties AIP also announced versions of THE RATS IN THE WALLS, THE SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH, and THE CASE OF CHARLES DEXTER WARD - the latter two both to be titled THE HAUNTED VILLAGE.
Necronomicon - Geträumte Sünden 1967
Spain / West Germany (Language: German) Color (Eastmancolor) 91 (USA) / 84 (Germany) / 76 (US2002) minutes
Banned in Finland (1970) / rated "X" in USA

Also Known As:
Necromicron (1967) (Spain)
Necronomicon - Dreamt Sin (1967)
Succubus (1967) 

Director: Jesus Franco; Producer: Adrian Hoven; Script: Pier A. Caminnecci; Music: Friedrich Gulda, Jerry van Rooyen. 

Cast: Janine Reynaud (Lorna Green), Jack Taylor (William Francis Mulligan), Adrian Hoven (Ralf Drawes), Howard Vernon (Admiral Kapp) (as Howard Varnon), Nathalie Nort (Bella Olga), Michel Lemoine (Pierce), Pier A. Caminnecci (Hermann), Américo Coimbra (The crucified actor)


The inclusion of this film is merely upon its name.

Excerpt from a review by Robert Monell

SUCCUBUS was adapted, according to Franco, from the medieval classic of the occult, the Necronomicon, and the opening shots of paintings -- some erotic, some religious-some both in the style of Bosch -- set the proper mood.

Lorna (Janine Reynaud) walks onto a dark stage in her tight black leather dominitrix gear, complete with whip and a sheathed knife. She proceeds to tease and stab a tied-up man and tied woman. This was a daring sequence back in the late 60s, and seen today it still has some shock value. It also carries thematic validity, as it is revealed to be a performance staged by Lorna's producer-lover, Bill (Jack Taylor).

Immediately, Franco blurs the line between fantasy and reality, a technique employed throughout, in dream sequences, delirious visions, and flashbacks. Amid the hypnotic action, Franco manages to tell the story of how Lorna is used by a demon (Michel Lemoine) to gather the souls of several corrupted individuals. Bill thinks he is in league with the demon until he too is murdered by Lorna, and presumably his soul is dispatched straight to hell.

Lorna is last seen walking with the demon into a Lisbon castle for a well-deserved rest. Though the demon constantly refers to Lorna as, "a devil on earth," Franco keeps us constantly guessing about Lorna's identity.

The success of SUCCUBUS in both Europe and later in the U.S. hurled Franco down the path of sexploitation cinema: women in prison, horror, adventure, science fiction, more Eurospy adventures, whatever followed would henceforce be spiked with varying doses of (often perverse) eroticism.

Web reference


The Space Eaters - Monsters 1991.
3rd Season 1990, production 3-15 (63rd aired episode), aired 6 Jan 91

The Space Eaters 

guest stars: Richard Clarke () Mart Hulswit () Richard M. Hughs ()

writer: Robert Megginson story: Frank Belknap Long director: Robert Megginson

One episode was based on the Frank Belknap Long story "The Space Eaters."
- Babylon 5
Production number:  113
Original air date:  April 20, 1994

Director: Bruce Seth Green; Script: Larry DiTillio

Cast: Sarah Douglas (Deathwalker / Jha'Dur), Robin Curtis (Ambassador Kalika), Cosie Costa (Abbut), Aki Aleong (Senator Hidoshi)


SUMMARY: The station becomes a hotbed of galactic controversy when Sinclair is forced to protect a notorious war criminal -- a scientist who's invented an immortality serum. Ambassador Kosh hires telepath Talia Winters to oversee a very unusual negotiation. 

"Deathwalker": Courtroom scene in which the leader of the League of Non-aligned Worlds (an alien woman with some sort of aquatic ridge along her head) escorts a shrouded alien to its seat. A little bit later, you get a really good glimpse of what is hidden within the shroud--an alien with an octopus-like head, complete with face tentacles. This race, the Pak'ma'ra, have since appeared in several other episodes.

[Note the similarity of the race Pak'ma'ra to the Deep Ones half human children, especially Pth'thya-lyi, the second wife of Obed Marsh.  Once the children of the Deep Ones depart land they head for the underwater city of Y'ha-nthlei.]

"Passing Through Gethsemane" - Babylon 5 1995
Production number: 305
Original air week: November 27, 1995

Director: Adam Nimoy; Script: J. Michael Straczynski

Cast: Brad Dourif (Brother Edward), Louis Turenne (Brother Theo), Patricia Tallman (Lyta Alexander)


SUMMARY: Lyta Alexander returns to the station at Kosh's behest. One of Theo's brothers discovers that he may have a hidden past. Brad Dourif as Brother Edward. Louis Turenne as Brother Theo. Patricia Tallman as Lyta Alexander.

This episode has a character known as Brother "Edward"/"Charles Dexter"; a reference to Lovecraft's The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.  Also the Partricia Tallman character might be a reference to "Alyda" of The Unnamable played by Katrin "Alexander."

Says Straczynski: The names Edward and Charlie may also be a reference to two H.P. Lovecraft stories.  In "The Thing On the Doorstep," a character named Edward falls in love with a woman whose grandfather has shifted his soul into her body, replacing hers.  In "The Strange Case of Charles Dexter Ward," the title character becomes obsessed with the memory of an ancient ancestor.


Below (2002)

Also Known As:
Proteus (1999) (USA: working title)
MPAA: Rated R for language and some violence.
Runtime: 105 min
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color
Sound Mix: DTS / Dolby Digital / SDDS
Certification: Australia:M / Canada:14A / Germany:16 / Hong Kong:IIB / Singapore:PG / UK:15 / USA:R 

Directed by David Twohy

Writing credits (WGA): Lucas Sussman (written by) & Darren Aronofsky (written by)

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chuck Ellsworth .... Navy Pilot
Crispin Layfield .... Navy Lookout
Holt McCallany .... Lt. Loomis
Bruce Greenwood (I) .... Lt. Brice
Matthew Davis (II) .... Odell (as Matt Davis)
Jonathan Hartman .... Schillings
Dexter Fletcher .... Kingsley
Sebastian Knapp .... Sonar #1
Olivia Williams .... Claire Paige
Scott Foley .... Lt. Coors
Max Casali .... Air Manifold
Nick Chinlund .... Chief
Alexis Conran .... Helmsman
Matthew Leitch .... Zap
Gary Broadway .... Mess Steward


Tagline: Six hundred feet beneath the surface terror runs deep

Plot Outline: Strange happenings occur on a WW II submarine. (more) (view trailer)

"I'm telling you, there's some bad hoodoo on this boat."

In the dark silence of the sea during World War II, the submarine U.S.S. Tiger Shark prowls on what should be a routine rescue mission. But for the shell-shocked crew, trapped together in the sub's narrow corridors and constricted spaces, this is about to become a journey into the sensory delusions, mental deceptions and runaway fear that lurk just below the surface of the ocean and deep inside the human psyche.

Backlash007, Kentucky
Date: 12 March 2003

Who dropped the ball on this one? I sometimes wonder about Dimension studios. When things like Dracula 2000 are giving a wide theatrical release and you do not see one trailer for Below, you've got to question their actions. This movie was tense, engrossing, and thoroughly entertaining. It's a ghost story that takes place in a real situation upon a submarine during WWII. I say real situation because much of the movie could be mistaken for a regular war movie, like U-571. But a few creepy moments are allowed to sneak up on you because you're not ready for them. You think you're watching a war epic and forget what's buried under it: a horror movie. I'm not going to compare it to Ghost Ship because that is unfair to both films. They both might be about haunted ships out to sea, but that's about all they have in common. I think they are both good flicks in their own right. Third-time director David Twohy (Pitch Black) has impressed me again. Hopefully, his next film will get the royal treatment. None of the actors are names you automatically recognize and that's a good thing. The entire cast was excellent and you might notice Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels alumni Jason Flemyng and Dexter Fletcher. Much like Pitch Black, the cast seemed to be filled with actors who are ready to break out. Just make sure you watch it twice because you will definitely miss some things. Don't let Below get swept away by accident with the rest of the straight-to-video fodder. Go rent it. In closing I would just like to say Dimension, shame on you. 

. Bibliography:

Halliwell, Lee, Halliwell's Film Guide, Granada, UK, 1979

Hardy, Phil, The Encyclopedia of Science Fition, Woodbury, 1984

Jones, Stephen, "Haunters of the Dark," Fear Magazine, UK, Oct. 1990

Maltin, Leonard, TV Movies and Video Film Guide, Signet, 1990

Murray, Will, "H. P. Lovecraft: The Unadaptable?," Fangoria #106, Sept 1991

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