Deep Cuts has a long and balanced post on Lovecraft and the movie The House of Rothschild (1934), which he saw with Barlow on arriving in Florida. One wonders what else was playing locally and was perhaps seen during Lovecraft’s visits with Barlow? Possibly the forthcoming Lovecraft in Florida will cast some light on such topics.
The monthly update from the German Lovecraftians notes their latest podcast…
An interview with the filmmaker Patrick Muller on 15th October 2023: “With his silent visual reflections on literature, Patrick Muller has created his very own cinematic cosmos,” says Clemens Williges of the Braunschweig Film Festival. There in three short films, Patrick devotes himself to the cosmic horror of H.P. Lovecraft. On the podcast he talks about his passion for analog film-stock as, pop cultural socialisation in communist East Germany, the cinema as a place for transgressive moods, the role of music, and writing for cineastes – and of course about H.P Lovecraft.
The dLG-Radio interview is on YouTube, so the Googlebot automatically translates the German to English subtitles.
Patrick’s site is www.patrickcinema.de complete with lobby posters and links to his films…
The other Lovecraft Film Festival, the 28th Annual H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, has dates: 6th-8th October 2023…
three days of the best new independent short and feature films in the cosmic horror genre, classic screen gems, special Guest speakers, author readings, panel discussions, art, live events
S.T. Joshi’s blog has also noted that the 2023 Portland (Oregon, USA) version of the annual Festival will have a “Lovecraft and Cats” discussion panel.
There are also plans to take the Festival to Mobile, Alabama in November.
James Wan in an interview this week with Bloody Disgusting… “My dream project, that I have been secretly cooking away on the down low for the last five years, is “The Call of Cthulhu””.
I had to look up what he’s done in the past, turns out he’s a Producer rather than a Director. Lots of commercial horror projects in IMDB incuding TV series. He probably has loads of contacts, and looks very capable of doing it.
But these days I’m not that interested in anything new from the corporate media. Because they’re going to find some way to make it Politically Correct, either subtly or just outright spitting-on-the-fans, and so I’d rather give my time to other material.
New to me, the well-made film Out Of Mind: The Stories of H.P. Lovecraft (1998), now in full on YouTube at 720px…
Made for Canadian television in 1998, the film offers an encounter with Lovecraft and enters into his world. Engaging in a kind of ‘game’ around the writer, the film playfully winks at some of the themes characteristic of his work: the occult, cursed books, monstrous creatures. Out of Mind draws its inspiration from Lovecraft’s personal correspondence and many of his stories, carrying the viewer through a labyrinth ‘beyond the wall of sleep’.
Also to be had on Archive.org. As well as being a 57 minute TV movie it was also released on VHS tape, but Amazon UK knows nothing of it.
A new upload of Lovecraft’s fave movie, Berkeley Square (1933) and it looks like slightly better quality (less over-sharpened) than the version uploaded last October. These are the only two versions on Archive.org.
Neither is the 2011 restored 35mm print, though, by the look of it. So far as I can see that version still languishes in the archives, and hasn’t had a DVD release.
Saturday-morning cartoons? Tentaclii has ’em! Newly uploaded to Archive.org, but made some years ago, a H.P. Lovecraft Motion Comic: The Rats In The Walls (2017). Excellent, even if we don’t get to see comic-book frames. 30 minutes, good narration. Also, it has Spanish subtitles here. Well worth watching.
The same maker also made H.P. Lovecraft Motion Comic: The Call Of Cthulhu (2015), which is on YouTube only.
Motion comics? They were partially animated comic-book-like animations made on the desktop PC with Adobe After Effects (not ideal) or (if you do a bit more research on software) with dedicated motion-comics software such as MotionArtist. Sadly they died off, despite portable HTML5 output, partly due to the additional labour needed to make them and partly due to the intensely conventional stance of the bulk of comic-book buyers. Maybe they’ll be revived, now that AI will be able to do some of the heavy lifting re: artwork, and now that comics buyers (different than readers) are a little less averse to ‘digital’.
MotionArtist 1.3, on which development stopped 2017. But it still works and can still be had if you look hard enough. It’s also well-documented and has abundant video tutorials.
In Madrid this weekend, Cthulhuton, the Spanish Lovecraft film festival. Billed as “the first” such. 25th March 2023 is the date.
with the presence of prestigious guests such as the American Sandy Petersen, creator of the well-known role-playing game The Call of Cthulhu and one of the greatest disseminators of Providence writer’s work worldwide.
Three choice vintage movies are to be shown, picked for their faithfulness. Petersen will lead the discussion after the main screening.
Dates for the 28th Annual H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival…
returns on all three screens of the Hollywood Theatre, 6th-8th October 2023
And for the Providence side of the event, “tentative” dates of 18th-20th August 2023.
With thanks to Ken Faig Jr., a link to the new Shots Around Providence (1930s-1940) on YouTube. Via the Historical Society, which has kindly placed the amateur film online.
In one scene we see a Lovecraft-alike man shopping for a Christmas tree. These being stacked around the city’s Market Place fruit-market site on the waterfront in November/December 1934. I’ve lifted the shadows in Photoshop, which are always too dark on such things. I’ve also added a basic colourisation. Contact the Society if you want to give the film a thorough work-over and stabilisation.
I seem to recall that 1934 was the year that Lovecraft — having moved into 66 College St. — surprised his aunt by installing a Christmas tree and then merrily decking it and the halls. A family tradition that had long been in abeyance if I recall rightly. If it wasn’t that year, it was likely the next.
Stop-motion animation can take a long time. After 30 years of work, Phill Tippet’s new stop-motion feature Mad God (2021) offers…
a Miltonesque world of monsters, mad scientists, and war pigs … a darkly surreal world ….
The great movie director del Toro approves, reportedly, and has seen the movie on the film festival circuit in the USA. Tippet appears to be from the UK, and — as his round of the film festivals seems to have been completed — he’s presumably now seeking a distributor.