Dr. Zoltar said:
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:
I sat through it. It is awful, Oh, it is so bad, it could drive you insane.
On the plus side, AM 1200 was fantastic, a must see. Alien Raiders was good, but I think it was a stretch to include it in a Lovecraft festival.
Regardless of what you think of Gordon's films, they illistrate the problem with adopting most of Lovecraft's work. Most of his works are too short for a full adoptation (From Beyond was told in the first 10 minutes of the film version), and a literal adoptation would likely not come off well on the screen. Not enough action (in short, too much time spent with people peering over ancient tomes), and the creatures could come off looking cheap and laughable (see the Dunwich remake) if not enough time, money and love is poured into their creation.
That's why I think a short anthology series is the best way to present Lovecraft's work. Something that moves at a quick pace, yet doesn't have to pad out the story. But, that said, I think At the Mountains of Madness and The Shadow over Innsmouth would be great movies (yea, I know Dagon is Shadow, but I'd like a closer adoptation).
Speaking of Innsmouth, check out Cthulhu when it comes out this month on DVD. A lot of liberties were taken with the story (but not in the standard Staurt Gordon vein), and the acting is spotty at best. But it comes pretty close to capturing Lovecraft's style of horror.