Tag Archives: Lovecraft

The Lighthouse (2020)

“The light has its mysteries.”

Directed by Robert Eggers
Starring Willem Dafoe (Aquaman) and Robert Pattinson (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)

Two lighthouse keepers (Dafoe and Pattinson) are dropped at their charge on a barren, isolated rock for a four week tour of duty. Ground down by the physical toil of the work assigned by his senior, the relentless howling of the signal siren and the antagonism of a malevolent, one-eyed seagull, the younger man – Ephraim Winslow – finds solace in masturbation and fantasies of mermaids and murder, while the senior – Thomas Wake – routinely sits naked in the lantern overnight, possibly with some sort of sex octopus.

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The Summer of Lovecraft: Cthulhu (2007)

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“Welcome home to the end of the world.”

Directed by Daniel Gildark
Starring Jason Cottle, Scott Green, Richard Garfield, Cara Buono and Tori Spelling

The Story

Written in 1931, “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” is a story of a corrupted seaside town with a dark secret. The narrator visits the port of Innsmouth, where he discovers that the locals have a distinctive “look” and that strange things are afoot. When a talkative local soak tells the narrator that the townsfolk have made a pact with the “Deep Ones” — humanoid undersea creatures — the local cult, the Esoteric Order of Dagon, pursues him. Eventually he gets away, but he discovers that the heritage of the town is in his blood and that he too will begin the metamorphosis into a Deep One.

Happyfett’s Note: A particularly popular source of literary inspiration, ‘The Shadow Over Innsmouth’ has produced not one, but at least three volumes of more or less faithful (often much less) tribute fiction. Reviews of the first volume, Shadows Over Innsmouth can be found on my books blog.

The Film

In the near future, the world is falling apart as a result of political strife and climate change. University professor Russel Marsh (Cottle) receives word that his mother has died. Reluctantly, he returns to his hometown of Rivermouth in coastal Washington, where he discovers that strange things are afoot. When Marsh goes against the sinister cult run by his father, the cult frames him for a crime he didn’t commit. Society begins to break down as the cult’s plan comes to fruition, and Marsh has to choose between his father’s schemes and his growing but uncertain relationship with childhood sweetheart Mike (Green). summerattemp2

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