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#1 MGBM

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Posted 24 December 2008 - 12:10 PM

By that I mean that someone who never read Lovecraft would see the film and feel all the dread while not getting confused with the way the story translated into the big screen.

For me, The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward is perhaps his best tale that could be converted into a great movie. His stories are too complex and rely too much on our imagination to convey all the dread and horror of the tales but Case does appear to be quite straightforward in terms of narrative and it would go down well as a faithful movie.

What are your Lovecraft stories that you think realistically would make a great movie?



#2 PearlJamaholic

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Posted 24 December 2008 - 07:33 PM

they could (re)make a good re-animator too.

i think the best and maybe the easiest is dream quest of unknown kadath. i think that has more scenery and cast of characters than anything he wrote. i feel its about the only story he wrote that would easily lend itself to a movie. there is pretty much a battle scene so you have action, the whole thing is suspense, parts of it are horror, and the mystery of this city of the gods he has to find. lovecraft uses very little dialouge and a story where a guy travels the dreamlands mostly alone should help. when he does encouneter something its usually not human and its only to find out where next his journey takes him so it would need much heavy dialouge or character development. lots of his stories the dialouge would need to explain too much and could be too hard pull off, or could just ruin the characters. i can imagine some of the talks dr west and his pal had talking about the experiments, but if you use exact words it could become cheesy.

i also think a new case of charles dexter could work. even though its only loosely based on the story the vincent price movie that was made off of that is maybe the best lovecraft movie ive seen.



#3 thehuntercat

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Posted 25 December 2008 - 09:40 AM

I still really think that The Dunwich Horror is the best bet...regardless of the campy Corman version, I believe a revamped screenplay could bring this tale alive. Who knows..If At the Mountains of Madness does well in the theaters, we may see a revival of Lovecraft on the big screen.



#4 RobertIain

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Posted 25 December 2008 - 11:34 PM

thehuntercat said:

I still really think that The Dunwich Horror is the best bet...regardless of the campy Corman version, I believe a revamped screenplay could bring this tale alive.

Beware, a remake is in the works, and it looks AWFUL so far www.dreadcentral.com/story/darkest-evil-becomes-dunwich-first-trailer



#5 PearlJamaholic

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Posted 26 December 2008 - 08:24 AM

hahahaha that trailer has nudity. stuart gordon isnt behind this movie is he?

this part cracks me up "Since I last wrote about it the Darkest Evil title has been dropped and outright changed to The Dunwich Horror."

in other words this movie sucks but if we attach a name people know to it, it will get some viewers....



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Posted 26 December 2008 - 06:46 PM

**Sigh** Yeah, that -does- look crappy. That sucks.



#7 MGBM

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 04:31 AM

Nudity? In a Lovecraft adaptation?

Oh Hollywood how I detest ye!



#8 PearlJamaholic

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 04:46 AM

MGBM said:

Nudity? In a Lovecraft adaptation?

Oh Hollywood how I detest ye!

 

i think its been in every stuart gordon movie based on lovecraft, hence the little joke i made asking if he was behind this dunwich movie.



#9 Marius

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 11:37 PM

It would be hard to do any story faithfully. 90% of such a movie would concist out of people walking to the mailbox and reading letters out loud.

Then whatever is the creature of the day would come out, and people walk out of the cinema saying "This is stupid. The monster came, and the guy just kept writing his journal, instead of running away." and they would be right. And the journal would be only trying to describe how indescribable the critter is, and how doomed everyone is.

Since a lot is just a transcript of what happenned, the stories work best as trancripts, on paper. Showing the undescribable in a movie is going to disappoint some people.

Then again, Call of Cthulhu was nicely done, and I'm looking forward to Whisperer. And I hope Del Toro ever gets around doing ATMoM.



#10 The_Big_Show

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 03:49 AM

To be fair, none of HPL's stories would ever make a decent movie. You can describe a loathsome, tetacled horror to your hearts content and have it stir the readers imagination, but up on the big screen its just a blob with tentacles.

Saying that though, I think if done right The Dunwich Horror could be worthwhile. That trailer however looks terrible.

Then there is del Toro's attempt to do At the Mountains of Madness. If there is anyone I think could pull it off, it is him.



#11 Dr. Zoltar

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Posted 06 January 2009 - 11:53 AM

This was screened at the Lovecraft film festival in Portland, Oregon last year.  I missed it (as it was shown Friday night), but was told it was awful.  Which is really too bad as I had high hopes for a remake.

 

These aren't adaptions, but were easily the best two movies at the festival:

AM1200

Alien Raiders



#12 Bokrug

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 09:06 PM

For a short film, I think The Rats in the Walls could be done well.  Depending on the acting and effects, of course.

But for something feature length, you're going to have liberties taken to make the film, well, not boring.  Because It would be terribly difficult to remain completely true to the source material and still have it be watchable.  That said, I think The Shadow Over Innsmouth is a good contender for its build of tension, overall creepiness, and action-packed finale...



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Posted 17 January 2009 - 04:22 PM

The_Big_Show said:

Then there is del Toro's attempt to do At the Mountains of Madness. If there is anyone I think could pull it off, it is him.

Didn't John Carpenter already do that? It was called "The Thing", I believe. :P

Seriously though, I think that The Shadow Over Innsmouth would work out perfectly in its film-ability.



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Posted 19 January 2009 - 02:13 AM

dev/null said:

Seriously though, I think that The Shadow Over Innsmouth would work out perfectly in its film-ability.

They already have. Its called Dagon, and is an excellent telling of the story.



#15 PearlJamaholic

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Posted 19 January 2009 - 10:49 AM

The_Big_Show said:

dev/null said:

Seriously though, I think that The Shadow Over Innsmouth would work out perfectly in its film-ability.

 

They already have. Its called Dagon, and is an excellent telling of the story.

i disagree though dagon is more shadows over innsmouth than it is the dagon story its a rather terrible movie. gordon has always taken far too many liberties with his lovecraft movies. dreams in the witch house was the best he did. all his other lovecraft movies he tries to turn them into some gorefest with senseless nudity.



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Posted 06 February 2009 - 04:12 AM

At the Mountains of Madness was the first thing I ever read by Lovecraft.  When I was reading it I had thought to myself, "Dang, this would make a good movie if someone could do it right." Hopefully GdT will make that happen.



#17 The_Big_Show

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 07:25 AM

PearlJamaholic said:

The_Big_Show said:

 

dev/null said:

Seriously though, I think that The Shadow Over Innsmouth would work out perfectly in its film-ability.

 

They already have. Its called Dagon, and is an excellent telling of the story.

 

 

i disagree though dagon is more shadows over innsmouth than it is the dagon story its a rather terrible movie. gordon has always taken far too many liberties with his lovecraft movies. dreams in the witch house was the best he did. all his other lovecraft movies he tries to turn them into some gorefest with senseless nudity.

We obviously have very different tastes.  I found Dreams in the Witch House to be dire and awful, whereas Dagon blew me away with how good I found it. But then, I'm not a fan of Gordon's other attempts at Lovecraft movies.



#18 PearlJamaholic

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 07:45 AM

The_Big_Show said:

 

PearlJamaholic said:

 

The_Big_Show said:

 

dev/null said:

Seriously though, I think that The Shadow Over Innsmouth would work out perfectly in its film-ability.

 

They already have. Its called Dagon, and is an excellent telling of the story.

 

 

i disagree though dagon is more shadows over innsmouth than it is the dagon story its a rather terrible movie. gordon has always taken far too many liberties with his lovecraft movies. dreams in the witch house was the best he did. all his other lovecraft movies he tries to turn them into some gorefest with senseless nudity.

 

 

We obviously have very different tastes.  I found Dreams in the Witch House to be dire and awful, whereas Dagon blew me away with how good I found it. But then, I'm not a fan of Gordon's other attempts at Lovecraft movies.

 

 

dreams in the witch-house is by no means a great movie, but its the most accurate lovecraft film gordon did. which is why i think its the best he did. but if i was gonna look at the from a pure horror standard, id probably say re-animator, dagon isnt bad either in that sense. mostly while watching a gordon film its like ' i dont remember that in the book at all' and you think that like once every other scene. dreams in the witch-house was alot better at just telling the lovecraft story than trying to be something it wasnt.



#19 Gatha

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 01:11 AM

I'd like to see something original that takes elements from a couple stories like the video game Dark Corners of the Earth. Having the Black Man (if he does belong to Azathoth) and the Dark Pharoh competing for control of Egypt and a luckless archeologist gets caught up in it. And fails to stop one of them from succeding.



#20 Gatha

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 01:12 AM

*for example. <cough>






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