Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: Cthulhu Does Cartoons

By Brian M. Sammons

Hello friends. Today, I thought I’d take a break from the big screen, and instead focus on the infamous (blind) idiot (god) box and those eerie episodes that dare to bring the forbidden knowledge of the Cthulhu Mythos to the masses. As if that were not nefarious enough, such shows seem to go out of their way to entice future generations through the use of darkly demented doodles. I’m talking about the work of H.P. Lovecraft …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

By Brian M. Sammons

[spoilers ahead]

The Cabin in the Woods (2012). Director: Drew Goddard. Cast: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison.

Okay, before you read any further, let me say that if you’re a horror movie fan, a lover of dark comedy, or just someone who worships at the altar of Joss Whedon (hallowed be thy name), then go see this movie. I mean it – STOP RIGHT NOW; do not read this review, or any review of this …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: Dead Birds (2004)

By Brian M. Sammons

Dead Birds (2004). Director: Alex Turner. Cast: Henry Thomas, Michael Shannon, Patrick Fugit.

Since, last time, I covered a movie that most would not consider Lovecraftian (that being Phantoms), I figured I would continue the trend of writing about the obscure and unlikely, this time covering a film most never even heard of: Dead Birds. Now, if you have already seen this movie, then bully for you; you’re one of the few. However, whenever …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: Phantoms (1998)

By Brian M. Sammons

Phantoms (1998). Director: Joe Chappelle. Cast: Peter O’Toole, Rose McGowan, Joanna Going, Ben Affleck.

“Affleck was the bomb in Phantoms.” – Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

Yes, this is a movie based on a novel by Dean Koontz. Yes, I know that Mr. Koontz isn’t known for cosmic, Lovecraftian horror. He’s the guy with the far-too-perfect protagonists, more-scientific-than-supernatural plots, and dogs. Boy, does that man love his dogs. But don’t leave just yet; this …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: From Beyond (1986)

By Brian M. Sammons

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From Beyond (1986). Director: Stuart Gordon. Cast: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ken Foree, and Ted Sorel.

After director Stuart Gordon made a certified horror, splatter, black comedy, …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: The Whisperer in Darkness (2011)

By Brian M. Sammons

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The Whisperer in Darkness  (2011). Director: Sean Branney. Cast: Matt Foyer, Barry Lynch, Daniel Kaemon.

The HPLHS (H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society) is well-known in the circles …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies – Beyond Re-Animator (2003)

By Brian M. Sammons

Beyond Re-Animator (2003). Director: Brian Yuzna. Cast: Jeffrey Combs, Tommy Dean Musset, Jason Barry.

First, there was the original, certified cult classic flick that everyone loved, and rightfully so. Re-Animator should easily make it onto anyone’s top ten horror of the 80s list. Next came the sadly lackluster sequel then even the most diehard of Re-Animator fans could only give faint praise to. Then, after 18 years of nothing, the highly-fan-anticipated third film came out. Would …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: Bride of Re-Animator (1990)

By Brian M. Sammons

Bride of Re-Animator (1990). Director: Brian Yuzna. Cast: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, David Gale.

The other day while flipping through cable, I came across this movie that I had seriously all-but-forgotten about, and that’s with me owning the DVD. I came in on this flick at its middle, which is the slowest, most uninspired part of the film, and naturally, I thought, “Ha, no wonder I wrote this one off.” I then quit watching and went …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies – Marble Hornets: The Complete First Season (2009)

By Brian M. Sammons

Marble Hornets: The Complete First Season (2009). Director: Troy Wagner.

I’ve been sort of in an indie mood with the last couple of Cthulhu Eats the Movies columns, so I thought I’d continue that trend of highlighting movies too groovy to go without notice with this creepy little gem. But let me start things by asking if you’ve ever heard of the Slender Man? If not, then you’re in for a treat. If you have, well, …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: House of Black Wings

By Brian M. Sammons

House of Black Wings. Director/Writer: David Schmidt. Cast: Leah Myette, Katherine Herrera.

With Cthulhu and Co. popping up in episodes of South Park and Scooby Doo, it seems that not only is Lovecraft finally getting some of the love he deserves, but that the Cthulhu Mythos as a whole is having sort of a heyday. There have never been more fiction books, comic books, RPG games and supplements, or films about the Mythos, as …

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Apocalypse Week: Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: The Thing (1982)

By Brian M. Sammons

The Thing (1982). Director: John Carpenter. Cast: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David.

When I first started doing Cthulhu Eats the Movies, I mentioned that, in my opinion, the most Lovecraftian movie of all time was John Carpenter’s The Thing, but I chose to tease it a bit and promised to cover this flick on a later date. Naturally, I promptly forgot about doing that, as other films kept popping up on my radar. Oops. …

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