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Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

by REPO Man Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:40 pm

Recently rewatched a few faves. The Monster Squad and Night of the Creeps.

Also saw Paperhouse and loved it.

Also finally saw Event Horizon, which felt a bit like a mix of Hellraiser and Lovecraft set in space. Enjoyed it.
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Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

by hobbes_182 Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:49 pm

REPO Man wrote:Also finally saw Event Horizon, which felt a bit like a mix of Hellraiser and Lovecraft set in space. Enjoyed it.


Love me some Event Horizon! Sam Neill rocks.

Speaking of Lovecraftian horror, I just re-watched The Void.

Awesome movie for the Halloween season.

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Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

by REPO Man Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:02 am

I've heard of The Void and it looks great.

And speaking of Lovecraft I finally saw Cast a Deadly Spell, a Lovecraft-inspired fantasy noir set in Los Angeles in a version of 1948 where magic and strange creatures have become the norm. Also the main character, a detective, is literally named after H.P. Lovecraft.
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Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

by samsonlonghair Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:59 pm

I'm glad that lovecraft-inspired media exists. Lovecraft himself is kinda terrible, and a slog to read, but I'm glad that he gave us a groundwork for cosmic ethereal horror.
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by MrPopo Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:31 pm

samsonlonghair wrote:I'm glad that lovecraft-inspired media exists. Lovecraft himself is kinda terrible, and a slog to read, but I'm glad that he gave us a groundwork for cosmic ethereal horror.

I found his prose to be all over the place. The really short stories tended to be the most readable, as those focused on the first person narrator's sense of unease and terror. But whenever he had a longer wordcount he tended to meander, culminating in "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath", which was just a stream of consciousness of a mushroom trip he went on or something. And then once you're past those issues you run into the racism.
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Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

by samsonlonghair Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:54 pm

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samsonlonghair wrote:I'm glad that lovecraft-inspired media exists. Lovecraft himself is kinda terrible, and a slog to read, but I'm glad that he gave us a groundwork for cosmic ethereal horror.

I found his prose to be all over the place. The really short stories tended to be the most readable, as those focused on the first person narrator's sense of unease and terror. But whenever he had a longer wordcount he tended to meander, culminating in "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath", which was just a stream of consciousness of a mushroom trip he went on or something. And then once you're past those issues you run into the racism.

Yeah, a lot of his horror seemed to me to be rooted in xenophobia. Lovecraft's descriptions of the Deep Ones seemed like they were tapping into some kind of subconscious horror at the thought that "other" people were going to come into our world and start spreading their own filthy lineage. Yeesh.

When I was reading all this stuff, I thought that the idea of a whole race of underwater people sounded cool and interesting. I'd kinda like to meet these guys and find out what they know about the ocean, but Lovecraft wants me to be afraid of them :roll:

I'll give him credit for bringing subconscious horror into our literary repertoire, but darn he is hard to read nowadays.
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by MrPopo Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:34 pm

I'd say "The Temple" is his best work in terms of holding up well to the modern era. It's sub drama mixed with cosmic horror that avoids all the othering.
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by prfsnl_gmr Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:05 pm

At The Mountains of Madness, Call of Cthulhu, and The Shadow over Innsmouth are all really good, IMO. He also has a few memorable short stories, but a lot of his work is just OK (and some of it is just bad). Also, his work, despite its subject matter, reflects the common racism of his day, and some of it is very hard to read now. As much as I love James Bond and Phillip Marlowe, some of Raymond Chandler’s and Ian Fleming’s work is the same way. I would be distressed if anyone tried to excise those passages from the books, but at the same time, I kind of wish the authors hadn’t written them in the first place. Oh well...it is what it is, I guess.
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by marurun Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:23 pm

Lovecraft's particular racism was a bit stronger and more obvious. He was a bit more xenophobic than some of his peers. Look at Howard, for example. Howard's writing also reflected the casual racism of the day, but it wasn't quite as fearful of others.
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Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

by RCBH928 Sat Oct 19, 2019 5:11 pm

How bad is "The Dark Tower" ? note I do not like movies that keep things ambiguous and up for interpretation by the viewer.

MrPopo wrote: But whenever he had a longer wordcount he tended to meander, culminating in "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath", which was just a stream of consciousness of a mushroom trip he went on or something .


I think back then they used to pay the author by per word, more words more money.
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