Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Fantasmo Episode 68: Team Fantasmo Vs. Lovecraft

Hey Superfans!
Thanks to everyone who came out for our BIG holiday episode, and especially to Santa Claus himself who was on hand for picture taking and wish list hearing! It was truly a Fantasmo to always remember : ) Never ones to live in the past, we're already looking to the future and our groundbreaking first episode of 2012. For this very special Fantasmo we are paying tribute for the first time in our history to legendary horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. Filmically adapted on numerous occasions over the years, Lovecraft's brand of fright involves creatures from another dimension trying to force their way back into our world . . . and in the process driving anyone they come into contact with totally insane.

Although Lovecraft was most famously essayed by horror director Stuart Gordon with the likes of Re-Animator and From Beyond, we have chosen to focus on some of the more obscure efforts: Die Monster Die! & The Dunwich Horror. These two come from the horror factory that was American International Pictures during their glory days of the late 60's and early 70's. It's drive-in schlock meets Lovecraftian terror, and the results are pure cinematic gold! Die Monster Die! features Boris Karloff delivering a trademark mad scientist role, squaring off against B-movie legend Nick Adams. Classic. The Dunwich Horror on the other hand is an exercise in pure weirdness, as Dean Stockwell turns in one of the most bizarre performances of his career. It's a really strange movie befitting the source material. So without any further ado, here are your full Episode 68 details:

When: Friday, January 6th @ 8:00 p.m.

Where: Chesapeake Central Library, 298 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322


8:00 p.m.: Die Monster Die! (1965)

9:30 p.m.: The Dunwich Horror (1970)

So there you have it Superfans, another exercise in cinematic perfection to kick off the New Year! You dare not miss these creepy classics back on the big screen . . . THE WAY THEY WERE MEANT TO BE SEEN! See you there!


Sitting Duck said...

My personal favorite Lovecraft film adaptation is The Resurrected, based on The Case of Charles Dexter Ward and featuring Chris Sarandon as Ward/Curwen. One bit I particularly recall occurs during the 18th Century flashback when one of Curwen's botched revivals is found floating down the river. It was a really neat and somewhat disturbing piece of practical effects.

Jim Blanton said...

I definitely need to revisit that one. I saw it when it originally came out, and my memory of it is positive (and Sarandon is always great).

Lovecraft adaptations can be a bit of a mixed bag. My favorite Lovecraftian film, although not an adaptation, is John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness. It's not perfect, but it gets more right than wrong. Great production values, top notch casting, and most importantly it only gives you a hint of what the monster looks like (since they are always beyond description and if you were to see them it would drive you mad anyways :)