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7 Disturbing Lovecraftian Horror Movies You Should Check Out!


7 Disturbing Lovecraftian Horror Movies You
Should Check Out What’s up fellow film enthusiasts and welcome
to another genre suggestions. So in the last video, I covered the Cosmic
Horror genre, and as promised this week’s video will be on movies inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft.
Aka Lovecraftian fiction. Now Lovecraftian horror is, unfortunately,
a somewhat cursed sub-genre. As it’s films are primarily made by, enthusiasts, or influential directors
who have little to work with due to budget constraints. However, while a lot of the movies
this week aren’t precisely what I would call big-budget blockbusters or loved by critics.
I know that at least they will -hopefully -be appreciated by you guys. Oh and as a side note I’m restricting
the number of movies directed by Stuart Gordon to two. Otherwise, I would be forced
to rename this video to – 7 Stuart Gordon movies featuring the works of HP Lovecraft. However
if you think something like movies by directors would be a good idea for a future release, by all
means let me know in the comments section below. So first up this week is� The Haunted palace (1963) Follows Charles Dexter Ward whose travelling
with his wife to Arkham town to inspect a house he has just recently inherited from his great
grandfather. A man 100 years ago, who was “burned at the stake” by the locals for being a devil
worshiper. Followed by a cold reception and blamed for
a curse that was set on the villagers by his grandfather. Unknowingly Ward’s arrival helps
his grandfather restart his evil ways, by revenging himself on the descendants of those who killed
him. Loosely based on the novel The Case of Charles
Dexter Ward Roger Corman’s The Haunted Palace is one of those slightly underrated movies
that have great acting and fun effects for the time. It’s a d??nj??n genuinely scary film depending
on the level of your suspension of disbelief for movies made during this period. But considering
that, I honestly think this film has an excellent ominous atmosphere. Vincent Price is superb as the wronged warlock
who wants revenge, and Corman’s directing, as per usual is first-rate. I’d say the films only
real weakness is its ending. Which I found to be a little bit disappointing, but besides from that The Haunted
Palace is a creepy and fun experience. The Resurrected (1991) Set in Providence, Rhode Island. Clair ward
enlists the help of a private detective to find out what her husband Charles is up to in a remote cabin.
After the strange smells from his experiments are beginning to arouse the attention of the neighbours
and local law enforcement. Another take on Lovecrafts �The Strange
Case of Charles Dexter Ward�. I thought it would be fun to see what people
think about comparing this version to the 1963 Roger Corman version, “The Haunted Palace”. As in my opinion, this is probably the best
Lovecraft story adaptation in this selection. And aside from the necessary changes to bring this into
the modern-day, it’s worth checking out especially for its scary moments and extreme gore. Ok, it’s not what I call a great film, by
any means, as it’s first act is rather dull. However, besides that, it’s a very entertaining and a must-see
for fans of Lovecraft. Dagon A successful businessman haunted by cryptic
nightmares involving a mermaid. Is stranded ashore after a freak storm while on a boating vacation
with his girlfriend. Paddling to a nearby Spanish fishing village the couple look for help.
However, unfortunately for them, the town is inhabited by a unique race of people who are in the habit
of sacrificing their guests to their god Dagon. Another Stuart Gordon film with all the signature
cheese you would expect. Dagon while probably one of the weaker films in this weeks selection
still provides us with a well-done atmospheric chiller that is both suspenseful and creepy. Some might complain that this lacks the humorous
elements of Gordons earlier work. However, I’d say on a more positive note that this is a
more faithful adaptation to Lovecraft’s work than something like reanimator. I guess what I’m trying to say. Is that sometimes
it’s nice to have a faithful adaptation with all the elements of cosmic terror. Rather than a loose
adaptation filled with over the top gore. The
Whisperer in darkness (2011) Following a series of floods in Vermont, Albert
Wilmarth, a folklore professor at an Arkham University, investigates reports of unusual
creatures rumoured to be floating in several of the local rivers. Wilmarth’s investigation leads him
to not only uncover more than he bargained but horrors quite beyond anything he ever thought imaginable.
Leaving him in a dire situation to escape his new predicament with his sanity and life intact. A black and white adaptation, filmed like
a 1930s flick and made by the H.P.Lovecraft Historical Society. The Whisperer in darkness has very
low budget special effects but considering its sufficient homage to 30’s horror films it’s not really
a problem (well to me at least). The only real weak point I can think off is
its 3rd act and the overall monster design, but all things considered they did a good job,
and it all fits in with the mood of the piece. Besides that The Whisperer in darkness is worth checking
out for fans of Lovecraft or people who generally like this period. Necronomicon: Book of Dead (1993) The movie is broken up into four separate
stories, the first and last being called “The Library” that connects all the segments. The Library follows
H.P. Lovecraft, who learns that the monastery he uses for research has a copy of the Necronomicon.
Wanting to find it to use it for his writings Lovecraft outwits the monks who guard it and
with a bit of luck manages to get his hands on the book. But what Lovecraft doesn’t realise is
that this isn’t just an ordinary book with ordinary pages. An enjoyable film with some decent adaptations
of Lovecraft’s works. Necronomicon: Book of Dead is one of those B-movie(ish) horror flicks,
with cheesy acting & dialogue. However, while its stories are quite inconsistent, it makes up for it
with some cool practical effects and fun acting. Ok sure it has a low budget & its over the top gore might
be a turn off for some. But, Jeffrey Combs portrayal of Lovecraft
as an alternative version of Indiana-Jones. For me, made the film that little bit more entertaining. Re-Animator (1985) The film follows Dan, a dedicated medical
student, who requires a new housemate. Accepting a fellow medical student with a
mysterious background, up until this point, life for Dan is pretty straightforward. That is until he and
his girlfriend. Unwittingly become involved in his new housemate’s freakish experiments. Involving
their recently deceased cat’s corpse and a strange fluorescent liquid. A film that I’ve already covered in my Sci-fi
horror video, but just couldn’t ignore for this list. Re-Animator is loosely based on the short
story “Herbert West�Reanimator” and is filled with all the overacting and cheese. You’d ever want from
an eighties horror flick. Barbara Crampton and Jeffery Combs steal the show by amplifying the films
already odd, weirdly creepy and entertainingly funny Premise. Now while some of you won’t find
it that funny and will think it’s gore looks a little dated. Re-Animator however, still remains an absolutely
fabulous example of body horror that perfectly blends black and deadpan humour together with
the gruesomely horrific. The Curse (1987) Weird things begin to happen to God-fearing
farmer Nathan Crane and his family. Following a meteorite that crashes near their farm during
a storm. With his stepson Zac convinced that this meteorite is connected to these strange plague-like
events that are affecting the crops and life within the area. Will Nathan listen to his stepson’s
worries before its too late? My troll pick for this week and the perfect
movie to torment Vegans. Yes, the Curse is a low budget film with cheesy acting. But as it stars one
very young Wil Wheaton aka Wesly Crusher it gets a bonus point. “shut up Wesly.” Now I know that most Lovecraft’s adaptations
aren’t that great, but I happened to like this one. Not because of its terrible acting, messy
directing and hilariously lousy dialogue. But due to been one of those so bad it’s good films – so much
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98 Comments

  1. Nick Author

    I love your channel (Greek here with a more than 30 year old love for movies).
    Why your was dissapeared from my recommended vids though? It has been like this for more over a year.

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  2. GreatSmithanon Author

    I've seen all of these except for The Whisperer in Darkness, and the only good ones are Reanimator and Dagon. I'm surprised there's no mention of the hilaribad but mildly faithful adaptation of Beyond The Wall of Sleep, From Beyond, or any of the other lovecraft films out there. Most of these are only tangentially lovecraftian and most of them are just shitty.

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  3. Michael Coffey Author

    Would LOVE to see movies by Directors so we can see maybe a film or two we missed and new comers can see some of the best directors in the horror genre and support their works. Thank you for this a very fun watch.

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  4. saroth1978 Author

    How is the best lovecraftian movie, The Void, not on this list. On the other hand, The bit about the curse being a great movie to torture vegans gave this at least one redeeming quality. How about a whole list of movies to torture vegans by? You could start it off (or end it) with that movie called Raw.

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  5. CPK Author

    Sorry to nag but these are all movies that are (semi-)direct adaptations of/were heavily influenced by Lovecraft's stories. And while a bunch of these are definitely some of the better adaptations (sadly so), I wouldn't consider most of these films disturbing in the slightest either.
    There are plenty of films that that borrow heavily from his subject matter or just simply convey the, well, Lovecraftian feel much better thematically. To me that's what Lovecraftian means, the whole -ian suffix could basically be left out for this list. Films like The Void, The Endless, The Mist, John Carpenter's Lovecraft trilogy or even films like Phantoms, Noroi, Event Horizon and Lucio Fulci's The Beyond do a much better job at that in their own ways, if you ask me.

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  6. Beckoning Chasm Author

    It should be pointed out that "Dagon" is more an adaptation of "The Shadow over Innsmouth" than the title story. And it's pretty faithful to "Shadow."

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  7. Walter White Author

    Now i can see why the game: Sinking City had an interesting story. Great videos,man. Keep it up! By the way,check out the netflix series: Dark. It's amazing.

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  8. High Cloud Walker Author

    John Dies At The End, multi-dimensional evil god cults combined with some of the wickedest dark humour around. They really need to make movies of the follow-up books, especially This Book Is Full Of Spiders (Serisouly Dude, Don't Touch It). If you enjoyed the fun in Re-animator, and the possibility of being surrounded by things you can't see From Beyond, this is the epitome of modern Lovecraftian storytelling.

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  9. DoctorBahnausSee Author

    there is a black and white german movie (made in english…) called "the colour" that is based on the colour from outer space. quite low budget but still really good.

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  10. gagnashdiak x Author

    Instead of Whisperer in the Darkness I suggest Call of Cthulhu from the same source.
    Instead of Re-Animator I suggest Re-Animator 3.
    Best-looking, undiscovered suggestion in the vdu: The Curse.

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  11. Thomas Carnacki Author

    "I'm restricting this list to 2 Stuart Gordon films…." That cracked me up..i knew where you were going with that one. 😀

    Another superb list, good sir. i have a couple of treasures on this list.. big box rental VHS copies of The Resurrected and Necronomicon.

    Honorable mention from me for my favorite Lovecraftian film, featuring the always awesome Fred Ward… Cast A Deadly Spell.
    It's a great romp turning Lovecraft into a 50's Noir Detective in a world beset by everyday people using magic. The script is superb and chock full of excellent banter. It is a much under rated film and somewhat of a slept on gem.
    https://youtu.be/eXgY1Uv1zoY

    There's even a follow up set in the same world in which non other than Dennis Hopper plays the role of Det Lovecraft !..
    Witch Hunt.
    https://youtu.be/XTgneyIEkMM

    Enjoy.

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  12. Pirate Skeleton Author

    If you think about it, Annihilation is probably one of the best unintentional adaptations of the Colour Out of Space. Could have been intentional, though…

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  13. Jon Knight Author

    What 7 Stuart Gordon lovecraft films? I gather you included the master of horror episode in there, but that is still only 5 by my count (Re-Animator, Dagon, From Beyond, Dreams in the Witch House, and I guess Castle Freak). What are the two other films?

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  14. Project DJ Author

    My favorite Horror Author is H P Lovecraft, however, I am of the opinion that his style is, for most of his work, completely suited to the written or audio media format, but totally incompatible with Visual Media.

    No amount of creativity will ever make a creature so horrifying it actually makes people go insane simply by seeing it, but you can imagine it. For me, and I'm sure most true Lovecraft fans, the best part of his work is his attempt to describe an "indescribable horror". It lets your mind fill in the shadows and create the greatest horror you could envision, but it loses much of its terror, regardless of quality, once it's rendered physical on stage, screen, pic or drawing.

    For example, I have seen every American and 1 foreign version of "Colour out of Space". Not one of them gave me nearly the creepy feeling that reading it did. The Movies tend to make it look like a simple environmental disaster that could be easily alleviated by getting drinking and irrigation water from a different well, or worst case scenario, move. The book makes it seem like an intelligent, malevolent force that slowly corrupts everything around the family until it corrupts them as well. "Annihilation" with Natalie Portman gave me more of a "Color" feel than any of the actual adaptations.

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  15. Andrei Rybakov Author

    The Occult (Okaruto) 2009, Altered States 1980 and Event Horizon are all very “Lovecraftian” even though none of the films are based on his works. Thought it would be worth mentioning. 🙂

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  16. Phantasmal Gaming Author

    In the Mouth of Madness,.. The Void,.. The Thing,.. From Beyond,.. Lurking Fear,.. The Evil Dead,.. The Dunwich Horror,.. The Unnamable,.. Midnight meat train even.. (the short story and movie were adaptations from Clive Barker,.. His books of Blood should be all done in film i say "In The Hills, The Cities" would be AMAZING lol),.. AND MANY MANY MORE did not make it here lol he has about 100 stories written (98 i think?) and MANY of them have been adapted into film, some unintentionally, some better than others, but you need to sift passed the mainstream POV on Lovecraft to get to his best works.. check out his Wiki I suggest you read everything on there lol Especially Rats in the Walls.. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._P._Lovecraft

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  17. Macobston Productions Author

    I wish the studios let Guillermo del Toro make " The Mountains of Maddens ". It is one of my favorite storys and would have loved to see how he would have interpreted it.
    Also, nice video 😊

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  18. Andrenn Jones Author

    Love, love, love the Resurrected. Great creature effects and a genuinely fantastic creepy villain. In my opinion possibly the best Lovecraft movie.

    Necronimicon is…not. Decent effects that barely get shown off, and honestly just an overall lack of respect for the stories being adapted. The only real highlight is Jeffrey Combs as Lovecraft. Would have loved an anthology series with him in the role as the the host.

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