Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: The Tunnel (2011)

By Brian M. Sammons

[spoilers ahead]

The Tunnel (2011). Director: Carlo Ledesma. Cast: Bel Deliá, Andy Rodoreda, Steve Davis. Country: Australia.

Hello, friends and fiends. I thought, this time, I’d shine the spotlight on a little movie that you may not have heard of, at least if you live outside of Australia. It’s a low budget movie from the Land Down Under that I heard a few promising whispers about, so I figured I’d give it a look. However, I’ve …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: Pickman’s Muse (2010)

By Brian M. Sammons

Pickmans Muse (2010). Director: Robert Cappelletto. Cast: Barret Walz, Maurice McNicholas, Tom Lodewyck.

Today, I’ve got a special treat for you, O fellow faithful cultists of Cthulhu cinema. It is a brand-new movie just chock full o’ Lovecraft. How new is it? Well, it’s so new that a lot of HPL fans I’ve talked to still have yet to hear about it. I’m here to do my little bit to change that, because, baby, …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: The Curse (1987)

By Brian M. Sammons

The Curse (1987). Director: David Keith. Cast: Wil Wheaton, Claude Akins, Malcolm Danare.

Since I’ve been on a “Colour” kick – that is, reviewing all the movies based on H.P. Lovecraft’s masterful story, “The Colour Out of Space” – I figured I’d end things with the one that had the biggest budget, perhaps the second-biggest stars (It’s hard to beat Karloff in my book), but what could be arguably the worst adaptation of the story. …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: Die, Monster, Die! (1965)

By Brian M. Sammons

Die, Monster, Die! (1965). Director: Daniel Haller. Cast: Boris Karloff, Nick Adams, Freda Jackson. Country: Germany.

Welcome back, friends and fellow cultists. Today, we set the Wayback Machine to 1965 so we can discuss the first of the many screen adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Colour Out of Space”. Now, “Colour” was not only Lovecraft’s favourite of all his own tales, but it must be the favourite of moviemakers, as well, as it is the …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: Bits O’ Lovecraft

By Brian M. Sammons

Welcome back, my fellow cinecephalophiles. This time, I thought I’d do a little something different with the old Cthulhu Eats the Movies and, instead of just talking about one movie, I’d cover a few, very quickly, because they have almost nothing to do with Lovecraft. Well, then, why cover them at all? I hear you ask. Because these films are sometimes linked to HPL, due to a namedrop or two, and to not cover them in …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: Beyond the Wall of Sleep

By Brian M. Sammons

Beyond the Wall of Sleep. Directors: Barrett J. Leigh, Thom Maurer. Cast: George Peroulas, Fountain Yount, William Sanderson.

Remember last time, when I was talking about movies that start with “H.P. Lovecraft’s” and yet, have absolutely nothing to do with the man or his tales? Well, here’s a prime example of that. Don’t let the title fool you; it has almost nothing to do with the Lovecraft story of the same name, other than …

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Interview: Aaron Vanek

Filmmaker Aaron Vanek (The Yellow Sign, Return to Innsmouth), who runs the Los Angeles Lovecraft Film Festival (September 16-17, 2011 at the Warner Grand) is in Innsmouth to talk about movies and Lovecraft.

IFP: How did you first get involved with the Lovecraft Film Festival?

AV: Long story is…

Back when I was attending graduate film school at Columbia College Chicago, I found Andrew Migliore’s now-defunct Beyond Books website on the burgeoning Internet. I’ve been a fan …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: Bleeders (1997)

By Brian M. Sammons

Bleeders (1997). Director: Peter Svatek. Cast: Gillian Ferrabee, Roy Dupuis and Rutger Hauer.

If you walked down the horror aisle of your local video store…Ha ha ha ha, sorry, I can’t continue with that. I mean, video stores, are they still around anymore? Okay, in this made-up, gumdrop world where video stores still exist, if you did walk down the horror aisle, you would no doubt see a lot of titles that begin with “H.P.

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: Humanoids from the Deep (1980)

By Brian M. Sammons

Humanoids from the Deep (1980). Director: Barbara Peeters. Cast: Doug McClure, Ann Turkel, Vic Morrow.

Welcome back, friends and fellow cultists. If you read my last Cthulhu Eats the Movies, and there’s no good reason why you should not have, then you’ll remember I was discussing the Roger Corman movie, X: the Man with the X-Ray Eyes. Well, that one got me thinking of another little gem with a Corman connection, although this time, with …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963)

By Brian M. Sammons

X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963). Director: Roger Corman. Cast: Ray Milland, Diana Van der Vlis, Don Rickles.

This is a movie I’ve been meaning to watch for a good long while for two reasons. One, it’s supposedly Lovecraftian and I pretty much make it my business to watch all such films. Two, the guy who first said that this movie was Lovecraftian was none other than The King himself. Stephen King, that is. …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: The Yellow Sign

By Brian M. Sammons

The Yellow Sign. Director: Aaron Vanek. Cast: Shawna Waldron, Dale Snowberger, David Reynolds.

Today, we’re going to take a slight detour away from Lovecraft country, but rest assured, we won’t stray too far off the Cthulhu path. We’re going to talk about a movie based off the most famous book of one Robert W. Chambers: The King in Yellow and the short story found therein, “The Yellow Sign”. How does this relate to Lovecraft? Well, …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: Return to Innsmouth (1999)

By Brian M. Sammons

Return to Innsmouth (1999). Director: Aaron Vanek. Cast: Ezra Hubbard, Larry Curwen, Edgar Reynolds.

Hey, guys, remember that cool low-budget Lovecraft flick that came out some years back? You know: it starred a little-know actor named “Ezra” and was made by a filmmaker well-known and respected in Cthulhuhead circles? Come on. It’s the movie loosely based on H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Shadow over Innsmouth” and had a bunch of wide-eyed deep ones in it? Sure, I bet …

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